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Ask what, when, and how.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

After you have written down your goals the next step is to formulate a plan for the implementation of your goals.

In putting together a plan, rely on Rudyard Kipling's honest serving men. All of them are who, what, where, when, why, and how. In goal pursuit, we can narrow the list to just three, what, when and how.

In writing down the goal, we have already answered "what?". It is important to establish a time frame in which the goal will be accomplished. For a goal to be realistic, you have to be able to track your progress toward that goal. If there is no time established for the completion of the goal, an attitude of "we didn't move anywhere but we are still on track" can develop. Even if you are in the right track, if you aren't moving, you will be run over by a train. When is important as it establishes the pace for the completion of the goal.

Once you know what and when, the final piece of the puzzle becomes "How". This is where you flesh out the time line and establish what will be happening at each checkpoint between setting and achieving the goal. Once the mileposts are established, "by this point in time we will be here", it is easy to track your progress. It is important that you track your progress and that you keep moving forward. Progress, no matter how small, represents a step toward success and establishes a positive mental attitude. Success is defined as any step, no matter how small, toward a goal.

Ask what, when, and how.

  


Write out your goals!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Someone said "The pen is mightier than the sword". Maybe this is so, maybe it isn't but the pen is an important instrument in attaining goals. One of the first rules of goal setting and goal achievement is to Write out your goals! Having a written goal gives it instant credibility. Hearing someone say something can be perceived as a mere platitude but seeing the same statement written down gives it power.

Additionally, if the goal is written down, you can see it. You can refer to it. You can imprint in on your brain. In addition to writing down you goals, illustrate the goals. If you want to embark on an exercise program, get pictures of people exercising or participating in the activity you will be undertaking. If you want to play golf better, collect pictures of golfers and golf courses. The human mind remembers pictures better that words.

Two things to remember, Write out your goals! and draw your goals

  


Wonderful Wednesday

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday has come to become "hump day", signifying having reached the mid-point of the workweek. I don'tknow how Wednesday got its name in English. In the romanc e languages, Wednesday is called stuff like Mercredi which makes it named after the Greek God Mercury. In any event, Wednesday is wonderful.

When I was in college, Emory Unioversity (I didn't go there) started a program called "Wonderful Wednesday" What they did was to stretch the classes from an hour to 75 minutes and classes met M-T-Th-F with Wednesdays off. What a great idea! Since I relied on the French language to get a meaning for the name of the day, it is appropriate that the day was appropriated for an additional day off since the French might enjoy more days off, vacation, and abbreviated working hours than anyone else in the world.

When I was young, banks were closed on Wednesday. Doctors closed their offices and played golf on Wednesday. However, banks were open on Saturday mornings and doctors saw patients on Saturdays so everything balanced out.

Every day has its significance but Wednesday falls right in the middle. So, go ahead, take a few minutes off. Leave work early or just block off a half hour or so for yourself, breath deeply, think happy thoughts and relax. Enjoy the day. After all,it is Wderful Wednesday.

  
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CHOESCH 6/24/2009 10:46AM

    John,
Thanks for your positive outlook on Wednesdays. I really appreciate your history lesson - I learned something today! It seems like you have a very positive outlook and the you are moving forward in meeting your goals. Thanks for getting me to feel really good about today - I am motivated to find something positive about today! Good luck on reaching your goals - although I don't think you will need it you have such a great attitude already!
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Free to Be You and Me

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The same ideas keep coming up and going around again depending on which guru of which discipline you happen to be following at the time.

When my son was playing high school basketball he came home all excited and said the coach had a great saying "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, man can achieve". I told him that was a great philosophy and rather than demean the coach in his eyes, I did not mention that Napoleon Hill and W Clement Stone had been touting this concept since the 1930's. imagine my shock when I later saw this same quote attributed to Marcus Aurelius in 4 BC!

Marlo Thomas produced a movie in the '70's called "Free to Be, You and Me" I don't remember much more than the title but is was about self actualization and living up to your potential despite seeming obstacles. A old Yiddish proverb laments "If I do not be myself, who will do it for me?". William Shakespeare wrote "This above all, to thineownself be true and it follows therefore as surely as the night the day thou canst not be untrue to any man"

The most important thing a person can do is to live up to their own potential. I believe it was Kahlil Gibron who said that when the day comes and we are called accountable for our lives, you will be asked only whether you were the best you that you could be. Take the US Army's motto to heart and be all that you can be!

  


Write out your goals!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Having goals is essential to success. It is imperative that you know specifically what your goal is and that you keep it in sight.

As Alice was walking through Wonderland, she came to a fork in the road and the Cheshire Cat appeared in the branch of a tree. Alice asked which fork she should take and the Cheshire Cat answered with a question, asking her where she wanted to go. When Alice answered that she didn't know, the cat responded "Then it doesn't matter which road you take"

Don't be like Alice. Know where you want to go have goals and make them SMART goals. A Smart Goal is defined as being:
S Specific
M Measurable
A Action-based
R Realistic
T Time oriented

Once you have established your goals, write them down and put copies of the written down goals where you will encounter them often., Writing the goals down is a commitment to the goals. Putting them where you will encounter them is reinforcement of the goals and your commitment to achievement.

Write out your goals!

  


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