The secret to goal setting and segmenting

The Secret to Goal Setting-Segmenting

Long Term
Medium Term
Short Term

The secret to implementation–Scheduling

The secret to scheduling
fixed
semi fixed
flexible
semi flexible

Ask the Almighty to help you

The secret to sticking with it—track your progress

Reinforce good behavior through rewards
rewards must be valuable
rewards must be somethig you really, really want, and won’t get yourself any other way (examples)
rewards must be profound, if they are being used to reward very big accomplishments.
The best rewards fit into your purpose

The secret to honesty–accountability

The secret to success even when you have messed up this program really, really bad!Prayer.

Segmenting your Goals

If you are going to be successful at achieving your goal, then you need a goal for reaching your goal. And a goal for reaching that goal. And a goal for reaching that goal.

Here…let me show you.

Let’s say that you have a goal to clean your room everyday.

The first step in doing this, is to break that goal into several manageable goals.

For example:

make the bed, hang up the clothes, sweep the floor, feed the fish, etc.

You need to list each of these miniature goals seperately. Because if you just write down “Clean my room” that doesn’t help your brain. Your brains sees “Clean your room” on a post it note on your wall and yells “ugh! I’m going back to bed”. That’s because, all your brain sees is “oh my gosh…look at this crap. I will NEVerrr be able to shovel my way out of the bedroom.

But.

What if your brain saw six post it notes that read

a. You are wonderful!
b. Have some breakfast
c. clear a path first
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Segmenting your Goals

If you are going to be successful at achieving your goal, then you need a goal for reaching your goal. And a goal for reaching that goal. And a goal for reaching that goal.

Here…let me show you.

Let’s say that you have a goal to clean your room everyday.

The first step in doing this, is to break that goal into several manageable goals.

For example:

make the bed, hang up the clothes, sweep the floor, feed the fish, etc.

You need to list each of these miniature goals seperately. Because if you just write down “Clean my room” that doesn’t help your brain. Your brains sees “Clean your room” on a post it note on your wall and yells “ugh! I’m going back to bed”. That’s because, all your brain sees is “oh my gosh…look at this crap. I will NEVerrr be able to shovel my way out of the bedroom.

But.

What if your brain saw six post it notes that read

 

Do more tomorrow! Well, now your brain has something to focus on. Your brain knows it can do these small tasks. Don’t ever hit yourself up with a big glob of vague and unmanageable goals first thing in the morning. Resolve to take one FULL month getting your goals in order, and making them manageable. If you do this, you will stay on track.

 

Making your goals manageable.

Do more tomorrow! Well, now your brain has something to focus on. Your brain knows it can do these small tasks. Don’t ever hit yourself up with a big glob of vague and unmanageable goals first thing in the morning. Resolve to take one FULL month getting your goals in order, and making them manageable.

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

The secret to success….segmenting

If you want to get a goal done, and done right, then you need to learn the secret of breaking your goals up.

It’s not enough to break your goal up into 2 or three steps.

No, to really be successful, break those goals down into yearly, quarterly, and seasonal goals.

Here’s where most people miss it…they pick a goal like weight loss. That’s it. Come on, people, how can anyone lose weight like that? Actually, everyone. Because there is no accountability to a goal like that. “Um… yea, I think I lost some weight….my pants do feel a little bit looser”. Vague goals like that only serve to salve our conscience or set us up for failure, because for a goal to be attainable, it must be well defined.

You want your goal to be specific, attainable, and measurable.

Then, very clearly define your goal.

Break that goal down into actionable, daily and maybe even morning, afternoon, evening goals.

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How to break (or start) any bad habit in three weeks, max

Dislaimer: If you are suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or if you are suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, then you may find this advice incomplete for your needs. It’s my moral obligation to encourage you to get professional help for these things.

Okay, we’ve all read the reports from articles like “Psychology today” that tell us it takes exactly 21 days to form a new habit. But the truth is, very few people actually do anything for 21 days perfectly. So maybe you want to get in the habit of not biting your finger nails. Well, that is a poor habit to try this with, because that deals with not doing something moment by moment. Someone who bites their nails, or curses, or interrupts, will have to monitor their behavior moment by moment, and it may be very hard to track.  So this exercise I am going to give you must be applied to a habit that is trackable on a daily basis….and not on something that you can’t track unless you monitor it ALL Day.

Quick note: smoking is an addiction. My father hyperventilated when he tried to quit cold turkey and they called an ambulance. My husband cried in  a restaurant after going all day without a cigarette (I said I wouldn’t marry him unless he quit smoking). And I have personally witnessed loved ones act like living brain donors when they didn’t taper off cigarettes slowly. Please treat smoking like the physical addiction that it is. You can be treated medically to quit smoking.

But now, let’s talk about what this exercise will work on. If you

  • Want to start an exercise routine that you do each day
  • Want to get in the habit of journaling every day
  • Want to practice learning a foreign language every day
  • Want to learn how to master playing a musical instruments

than these are goals that you can do every day.  Just make sure you choose a goal that is:

a definite, specific goal:

Something that is measurable, not vague

an actual daily goal:

So, again, getting slim by the end of this year is not a measurable, daily goal

an achievable goal:

something that you can definitely achieve on each of these 21 days. If you make the goal too difficult, then you will most certainly not finish the 3 week time period; you’ll just…quit 😦

It’s more important to set a goal that you know you will reach. For example, with nail biting, set a goal of not biting your nails between 12 and 1 oclock each day (that’s a trackable daily goal), and then ask your friends to monitor your beahavior during your lunch break (believe me, other people will love being asked to hold you accountable for something). After 21 days, you should find that you are no longer biting your nails during lunch time. Then, go for supper time the next 21 day period. You don’t want to give yourself too many habits to form or break during each 21 day period.

Just in case you don’t know, 21 days is that length of time which has been medically proven to cause a habit to “stick”. In other words if you can do or not do something for 3 weeks straight, then you can develop or break any habit–in theory. The reality though, is, with a bad habit, you may need to reinforce the 21 day exercise after several months. That’s because, it’s easier to form a habit than to delete a long held habit

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The Rock Solid New Year’s Resolution

Here’s the only New Year’s resolution I have ever seen work, and I want to share it with  you….resolve to give yourself ONE FULL MONTH to come up with systems that actually work.

You don’t want to have a New Year filled with failure. But come on reader, don’t  you know, you set yourself up for that every single year? New Year’s resolutions are just things that you resolve to do in the New Year. They aren’t things you resolve to do perfectly every time. I wrote about this extensively in last year’s article.

This year, set yourself up for success. Give yourself ONE FULL YEAR to develop systems that work. Determine what your year end goal is, and then take one month (January) to break those year end goals down into smaller goals.

Wednesday, read my article on How To Start Your New Year right.

And when you’re ready, sign up for my time management newsletter.

How to fulfill your dreams

A lot of people are into this “Creative Visualization” movement, where they “see” themselves being successful. and I suppose that could work…provided they see themselves doing the steps necessary to get them there.

Friend, do you have a step by step blueprint of what it will take to get youto your internet marketing goals?  The new year is upon us, and it’s a great time to start thinking about where you want to go with your business.