Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Goals

Guest Blogger: Tim Northburg

With the New Year approaching it means the dawn for many new thing. It may mean a new year of opportunity. You might even visit somewhere you have never been before or re-connect with someone from your past. It might be a chance to make new friends and contacts or change the course of your life. It is an extension of time, to complete the things you wanted to complete this year—but never did. For many, it is a new year of fresh goals.

What are goals? They are usually confused with hopes and dreams, which are just wishes inside our head or spoken aloud. Hopes and dreams are the beginning of goals. However, until you write them down on paper they do not solidify into goals—they remain hopes and dreams—they remain wishes.

Goals are different. Goals are specific, defined, clear, measurable and written down objects we hope to reach, dreams we want to fulfill, results we aim to complete, desires we strive to obtain or actions we will set forward. They are a prioritized list of things you want to do in your life in the short, intermediate and long-term.

You can set one goal or develop goals for all aspects of your life. They can be broken down into eight, core areas. These eight areas or goal units are Personal Growth, Health, Income, Career, Social Life, Relationships, Belief and Family.

When setting goals look at these eight areas and decide which is most important to you. Start with that one first, setting out action statements that will clearly define what you want to accomplish in that core goal unit. Then work on the next one that is important to you. You may only want to work on one goal unit first, but working on all of these may allow your life to be well-rounded.

Watch for Tim's next guest blog that will include goal setting exercises.
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Tim Northburg is a Sales Manager at Saturn of Fort Collins. He has been in Sales and Management for over fifteen years and has experience coaching, mentoring and training highly successful sales people. He is also a writer and has developed five training guidebooks for his field and is currently working on several fiction projects. Check out his fiction project at www.BaconsQuest.com
Find Tim's goal setting workbook at: http://www.lulu.com/content/1641296

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