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January 2016 Volume 6 Issue 1
  5 Goal Achievement Tips for 2016 
Why do some people seem to succeed in all they do, but others flounder along at the rear? Mostly it's because the successful people have set goals and make plans to successfully achieve them. So how do they always seem to achieve their goals?
Here are five strategies they use:
1. Start with a long-term goal; write it down, taking into account when you are going to achieve the goal and why it's important. Try and be as visual as possible, explaining how the achievement of this goal will change your life or business for the better. Once this long-term goal has been documented, break the goal into tangible steps that need to be taken to achieve the goal.
2. Make certain that you really want the goal. Ask yourself, "Do I really want this goal? Will it really drive positive results?
3. Speak up. You should not keep your goals to yourself. Sharing your goals can help you get the support you may need from others.
4. Write down your goals. This strategy is advisable for those who have a long list of goals. After writing them down, review them regularly. You may also want to keep them handy to keep you motivated.
5. Stay on track and do not give up. Reviewing your goals will help open your mind to see if you are on the right track.
Never be discouraged. Encountering obstacles is just a test for how dedicated one is to achieve the goals you've set. It will all boil down to you preparing yourself to face anything and doing everything to get to the goal that you have set for yourself. Only you can make it happen. Nothing can stop you if you have set your mind to it and commit to taking action.

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The benefits of planning are many.
Planning helps prioritize your activities. You already know that you will be wearing several hats and that the functions you'll perform under each hat are different.
It is easy to get bogged down in seemingly urgent activities and overlook important, even critical ones.
Planning helps you to see beyond the immediate issues and focus on the desired outcomes.
Planning will help to ensure that day-to-day activities are in line with your long range goals and vision.
Planning will help you avoid getting involved in seemingly endless crisis-simunlated activities that seem to be important and necessary, but in fact, may not be either.
With this understanding, you are better able to focus your energies on getting where you want to go.
A comprehensive plan is the most important tool you can utilize to build a successful business.

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