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Top 6 Tips for Building a Relationship

Top 6 Tips for Building a Relationship

Tips for Building Relationships

 

There are some things we can do in all our relationships to build and maintain strong bonds. This is true because, underneath all our differences, likes, dislikes, and biases, we are all human beings who desire social connections. The tips below should be used in all your relationships to form bonds that will stand the test of time. So, how do you start building a relationship?

How to Build the Ultimate Relationship:

 

1) Be appreciative

This might mean different things in different relationships, but the overarching sentiment is the same. When they do something kind for you or take the time to support you when you need it, be appreciative – acknowledge their care and concern.

 

2) Spend time together

It can be hard to find time to get together when we are all so busy, but it’s important for all relationships. If necessary, set up a standing appointment so that it just automatically happens. This makes sure it happens because you will get used to scheduling other things around it.

 

3) Communicate honestly

Sometimes you may be tempted to bend the truth to avoid conflict, but your relationships will be much healthier overall if honesty is held in high regard. It’s possible, to be honest without being brutal. Choose your words carefully and be as diplomatic as possible, while still sharing your feelings openly and honestly.

 

4) Forgive faults

Forgive them for their eccentricities and annoying habits, and also forgive yourself for any mistakes you make. We all have faults and shortcomings that we bring with us into any relationship. Sometimes to keep the relationship strong, we need to just come to the conclusion that their presence in our lives is more important than the little habits that drive us crazy.

 

5) Support them

Intermingled between all the good times, there will surely be times when the other person could use a helping hand. Whether it’s helping them move, taking them dinner when a loved one has passed or being a sounding board for a difficult decision, any relationship worth having requires some TLC. And the other person deserves it, just as you do when you need it from them.

 

6) Do unto others

It’s just a good idea to always live by the Golden Rule, but it’s especially true in relationships that are important to us. If you wonder if something you might do is likely to upset them, chances are it’s better to talk to them about it first. Wouldn’t you want them to do the same for you? It’s better to err on the side of caution.

 

So, there you have it. The 6 Tips for Building a Relationship. It’s not hard to do, you just need to do it, just like Nike says.  Honestly, here is my 2 cents worth. You can’t have a relationship unless you build it. And to build it, sometimes you have to listen to your instincts. Not everyone in the world is going to be your friend. That’s ok, you don’t NEED tons of friends. But you do need to have good relationships with those few that you really like. What’s the point anyway if it’s not a good relationship? Take the time to build them, appreciate them, find them. It will enrich your life so much.

And on that note, you can contact me anytime you need help in building your relationships. I also have a wonderful course on Relationship Marketing. You can access that here —> Relationship Marketing.

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Business Makeovers – Time for a Change

Business Makeovers – Time for a Change

Is it Time for a Change?

When was the last time you changed the theme on your website? Changed your headshots? Rewrote your “About” page? Ok Y’all, don’t you think it’s time to change all that!

If the answer to any of those questions is more than a year ago, listen up, because big paychecks require more than a fancy sales page and an email pitch. If you want to attract high-end clients, you have to look and act the part. Am I Right?

Change your Headshots

We all looked better ten years ago, but that’s no excuse for using old, outdated or—heaven forbid—amateur headshots.

When you’re selling any type of programs from $27.00 into the five figures, looking professional is critical, and that starts with great headshots. Hire a photographer who specializes in portraits for Virtual Service Providers. Expect to spend a few hundred dollars for a selection of high-resolution images you can use in all your marketing materials, including on your website.

Get Your Website Redone for a Fresh Change

Speaking of websites, if you’re still using the same theme you designed yourself, it’s time for a new look. While you can say that potential clients should not judge you by the way your site looks, they will. A clean, modern website will work wonders to improve your credibility and start attracting the right clients.

While you’re at it, take some time to solicit new testimonials. Don’t just load them all up on a single page though. Take the best ones and add them to your sales page, put them in your email newsletters, and include them in your lead-gen materials as well.

Your About Page Too – I’m telling you now…

And, don’t forget your “About” page, either. This one is hard for most people, so it’s a good idea to have someone else write this, or at least have a writer revise the one you wrote. Remember to include your most recent accomplishments, any awards or accolades, any speaking engagements, and anything else that lets people know you’ve got what it takes to help them grow. Include a few personal details as well, so readers will feel as if they know you just little better for having read it.

Remember to update your social media profiles as well. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and others have a long reach, so you want to ensure that no matter where potential clients find you, the information is consistent and professional.

Getting new headshots and making over your website might feel like a waste of time, but the truth is, people do judge a book by its cover. Yes, that’s a fact and you often only have a second or two to make a good impression. Make sure it’s the best one you can make.

Change is good! If you’re looking for an updated website, please contact me here. I’d LOVE to give you a fresh new look!

Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

6 Benefits of Living a Purposeful Life

6 Benefits of Living a Purposeful Life

What are the 6 Benefits of Living a Purposeful Life?

 

Instead of settling for an ordinary life, why not create a life that is focused and purposeful. One that brings you joy, excitement, and fulfillment? There are many benefits to discovering your main interest, passion project or purpose in life. Don’t you deserve to live a life less ordinary?

Here are some of the benefits:

1) Self-Development

Identifying what interests, you and gives you purpose will motivate and encourage you to gain new skills. You’ll find that you are motivated to learn and grow so that you can meet the goals you set yourself. Identifying your purpose is a powerful self-development tool in itself. Following it will provide you with the opportunity to grow and develop as a person.

 

2) Focus

Increased focus is one of the major benefits of following your passion and living a purposeful life. This is because you will have identified exactly what you want to achieve and how you will achieve it. Your goal setting and planning will be invaluable tools and help you to focus on creating positive change in yourself and your life.

 

3) Motivation

The fact that you have a purpose that drives you and is your inspiration for creating change in your life will provide the momentum to keep moving forward towards your goals. Due to the fact that you will constantly be monitoring your progress against your goals and plans will motivate you to continue to progress. You will want to feel the success of achieving targets and goals at each step of your journey.

 

4) Happiness

Living a purposeful life will increase your sense of happiness and well-being. Having goals and a reason to get up in the morning are very powerful tools and will help you feel a sense of satisfaction, encouragement, and success. All of these positive emotions will help you realize that you are the master of your destiny and that you have the ultimate power to change your life.

 

5) Better Health

As you improve your situation and outlook by taking positive action each day, you will begin to notice that you feel happier and that your stress and anxiety levels reduce. By giving yourself a purpose you will find that you want to take better care of yourself and your health so that you can continue working towards your goals and achieving the life you ultimately desire.

 

It is worth remembering that you may want to plan in regular exercise, breaks, healthy meals, and snacks as well as enough sleep. That way you will ensure that you reap the maximum benefit from your new purposeful lifestyle.

 

6) Self-Knowledge

Living a life of purpose and passion will enable you to grow as a person. It will open doors to interests and networks that will stretch you mentally, emotionally and, possibly even, physically. As you follow these new paths you will discover more about yourself, your interests and needs. You will enjoy the process of creating goals and reviewing them as you progress to creating the life you truly desire.

 

There are many benefits to creating and living a purpose-driven life. Why not think about what you really want from life and go for it, so that you can discover them for yourself?

Leave a comment below and let me know how you are going to use these 6 Benefits to Living a Purposeful Life. Come on…it will only take you a couple of minutes!

Success and the Four Secrets

Success and the Four Secrets

The Four Secrets to Achieving Success

 

Everyone wants to be successful. Focus generally tends to be towards career success. However, personal or life success is also important.

Success is about achieving goals. After all, if you don’t have a goal then how can you be successful?

So what are the four secrets that can help you be successful?

 

Set Goals for Success

It is vital that you set goals for your personal and professional lives. These will provide a target for you to aim for. Once you’ve listed your goals, then write down the steps you are going to take to achieve them.

Add who or what can help you to your list. Find an accountability partner, mentor or coach who can help and support you. There are some terrific mentors in the online world. I can definitely help you with that!

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Remember That Your Personal and Professional Lives Are Inter-dependent

You may think that your career goals are totally separate from your personal goals. However, they are inter-dependent. Your career relies on your well-being, impacts on your family and relationships, your health and happiness.

Your happiness, relationships, and health are affected by your career. If you’re not happy at work or doing a job you love then it will have an impact on your emotional and physical well-being, as well as affecting other areas of your personal life.

To be successful in one area you need to create success in the other. Sounds a bit strange but let’s take it one step further.

Find Your Passion and Purpose

If your personal and professional lives are inter-dependent, then to be successful in them you will need to discover your passion and purpose. By discovering these you will create the determination to succeed.

This will enhance your creativity, spark inspiration and allow you to harness the power of flow in your activities.

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Ask yourself what you really want to do with your life. What do you want your legacy to be?

Where do you want to be 5 or 10 years down the road?

What exactly is making you happy?

Don’t Focus on the Money

While many people consider amassing wealth to be a sign of success, that should not be your end goal or sole success indicator.

Instead focus on your emotions, lifestyle, and well-being. What will your life look and feel like when you have successfully achieved your goals? How will your family and friends feel?

Why not create a vision board with words, quotes, and pictures showing your life as a success?

When thinking about your professional success, consider how you will know you’ve succeeded. What will your position be?

How will you be making an impact in your company and in the wider community?

What will your work day look like?

Think about work/life balance and the effect on your family and relationships with friends. How will your new role or business affect your life, health, and happiness?

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While success can mean different things to different people, one thing all definitions have in common is that success is measured by achieving goals that make you feel positive emotions, for example, happiness and achievement.

You will find the greatest success comes when you use your passions to create your goals in life and work.

 

If you need help in discovering your passion, setting your goals or figuring out how to achieve success, please enter your information below so I can reach out to you and help you discover your success.

 

Life – Give It Your Best  – I Know You Can

Life – Give It Your Best – I Know You Can

Live your best life, huh? Doesn’t everyone?

 

Are you living your best life? Are you really? Do you think that you should be living the American Dream? It may be that you consider the best life as one with fame and fortune, perhaps with the addition of fast cars and globe-trotting. However, living your best life is not about the American Dream, fast cars, globe-trotting, fame, fortune or all that mumbo-jumbo JUNK! Yes, you heard me correctly there.

Because…

Your best life is about YOU living a life of happiness and success. While the specific elements of your best life will be different to someone else’s, there will be common threads. Yep… And what are those elements that will help you create and live your best life?

Here is a list of them:

 

Work/Life Balance

For most people, work is essential to earning an income. It’s used to provide a roof over their head and food on the table. Some people are lucky enough to have enough money that they don’t actually need to work. What did you say? Don’t HAVE to WORK? Well isn’t that nice?

Whether you do or don’t need to work is not the problem. The problem occurs when work takes over your life and you find that everything you do revolves around it. If you find that you spend too many hours working and not enough resting or socializing, then you are in for a BIG surprise.

Here’s what it comes down to:

First, it begins to negatively impact your life, then your health and then your precious relationships.

It’s important that you make sure that you have a work/life balance that allows you to enjoy time with family and friends, as well as outside interests to help you round out your life.

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Goals

You know that goals are important, but do you set them? Tell me the right answer here, please. First, you need goals in your personal and business life, otherwise, you have NO direction. By having them you can create positive change.

If you’re drifting along and not feeling inspired, then now is the time to change that. Yes, because this will help to solve all the issues that you do have in your life.

 

Solve me these riddles ➡

  1. What do you want from life?
  2. What makes you feel excited or inspired?
  3. When you look back on your life what do you want to feel proud of?

Think about what you want and then write down the steps you can take to achieve it. It’s really not that hard. Just pick up a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. Go on…I’ll wait until you have them. Go now because I’m waiting!!  😉

Ok, now  ➡  ➡

What would your best life look and feel like? Use your imagination and dream a little. Got it?  ➡ NICE…

Relationships

Everyone needs relationships. Right? They provide connection and support. Look at the people in your life who don’t serve any purpose apart from annoyance or toxicity. By this I mean, consider all those who take your time, energy and positivity but give nothing in return apart from stress and anxiety.

Come on, I know you have some in your group. If you can remove them from your social circle, do it, NOW! If they don’t have the time or space for you in your life, they will no longer affect you negatively. But, and that’s a BIG BUT,  removing them completely isn’t possible, then plan ways to make sure that you can interact with them without negativity or feeling used. Because they will and you know this!

Why am I telling you this? Because you really don’t NEED them in your life so why have them?

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You need to nurture and develop those relationships that bring you happiness, love, friendship, and support. Those relationships that involve give and take. These are the people you want to have a relationship with now, don’t you?

Here’s a good idea:

Consider hiring a life coach or a mentor to help you create yours. This could be one of the best investments and/or relationships you make in your life. Try it, what could it hurt?

Health

Everybody knows this. Your health is essential to having a great life. While you may have serious health issues you can manage them in a way that will enable you to create and live your best life. Make sure that you eat healthily and drink plenty of fluids. Regular exercise will help you with fitness and also get the endorphins (feel-good hormones) flowing. Talk to your doctor about scheduling an appointment to check out how you’re doing. I did this today, as a matter of fact. And so should you…come on now…it will only take a few minutes of your time to make that phone call.

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Happiness

Be happy! You CAN choose that you know. Of course, there will be times when things happen that cause unhappiness, but these periods need only be temporary. If you plan for them and have strategies in place that can help you find the positive and regain a sense of control you won’t go into that depression spiral that so many people go through these days.

 

I’m no expert, I can only tell you from experience, that you can wallow in self-pity but you’re going to be the only one at that party, ya know?

You are the master of your destiny and happiness. YES, YOU! You have the power to control your feelings. Don’t give that power away to others. YOU ARE A POWERFUL HUMAN BEING! Use that power to your benefit.

Passion

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Your best life is the one that YOU create. It doesn’t just happen magically. We wish that it would but it doesn’t. It will require you to dream, plan, act and create, but it will be so worth the effort. Try it, you’ll see that I’m right! Here’s a little guide I created that you can use to find your passion. Get YOUR Guide Here

Tell you what. If you need help creating your PASSION, put your info in the form below. I’d be more than happy to help you do that. Come on…what will it hurt to spend 15 minutes of your time chatting with someone who could help you make a difference in your life? DO IT…I DARE YOU!  🙂

 

This One Thing Can Transform Your Life

This One Thing Can Transform Your Life

This One Thing Can Transform Your Life from Dull to Fabulous

 

Transformation, really, you say? If your life seems dull and boring, then it is time to turn it around. Yes, I’m talking to you! You sitting there trying to be all pouty and sad. You don’t have to settle for dull and humdrum, instead, you can choose to go after fun and fabulous!  Come on, a little fun is NOT going to hurt you. Besides, you know that old saying, “All work and no fun”? I don’t remember who said that right now, but that’s not the point.

Listen up…

So what is it that can completely transform your life for the better?

 

  • Is it money?
  • Perhaps a life partner?
  • What about fame?

 

While all of those will change your life, often for the better, there is an often over-looked something that will create an incredible and positive change in your life. Gasp!!

“There is no fulfillment in things whatsoever. And I think one of the reasons that depression reigns supreme amongst the rich and famous is some of them thought that maybe those things would bring them happiness.

But what, in fact, does is having a cause, having a passion. And that’s really what gives life’s true meaning.” Ben Carson.

As you can see from the quote above a cause, a passion and therefore, a purpose is what will give you a life transformed from dull to amazing. It won’t require you to spend thousands of dollars or go to extreme lengths. No, not really.

Instead, it will require some:

  1. Soul searching
  2. Thinking
  3. Goal setting
  4. Planning
  5. Action taking

Listen in here:  One Thing Can Transform Your Life from Dull to Fabulous

You can have all the latest gadgets, fast cars, new clothes, holidays and top job but unless you are passionate about what you do and why you do it, they will feel worthless and hold little meaning for you. They may make you feel excited and happy in the beginning but over time they lose significance and no longer have the power to engender positive emotions. Am I right? Just think of everything you do have…is it making YOU happy?

If you want to find fulfillment and happiness, then it’s time to focus on what you can do to create it in your life. Instead of focusing on material things consider what you can do to create a difference in the world. It doesn’t have to be massive and impact the entire population of the Earth. It may be something that you feel passionately about that is local to you.

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By taking up a cause or a passion project that is bigger than you, it allows you to start making an impact on the world around you. By giving yourself to this passion you will receive energy, positivity, excitement, and happiness.

It may be that your passion is to write children’s books. Your books would then inspire a new generation of children to read and learn. You would be creating a legacy with the power to affect future generations.

Don’t let life pass you by. You don’t have to accept a miserable or mundane existence. You have the power to create the life you want. You really do!  So, find your passion and purpose, follow it and create a life of joy, excitement, challenge, and adventure that can inspire others.

 

 

Create a legacy you’re proud to leave to your fellow humans. Do the thing, your best thing!

Discover Your Passion <— Get it here for free, just click on the link!

 

Contact me below for some great suggestions. I have some you can check out…just ask me!

Why You Should Find Your Passion

Why You Should Find Your Passion

Why You Should Find Your Passion and Follow It. How does your life make you feel? Now, do you wake each morning looking forward to the day ahead? Or do you wish you could just bury your head under the covers and stay there? Your outlook will depend on many things but one of the most important factors that can change your day-to-day life is passion.

 

So What is Passion?

 

Passion is an extreme and positive emotion. A strong and compelling desire for someone or something that inspires you and creates happiness. While it can be an emotion felt towards another person, here we are looking at THE passion for life and work.

 

Why Do You Need It?

 

“Without it, you don’t have energy, without energy you have nothing.” Donald Trump. A quote he has used many times in his career.

 

Without it in your life, you will probably find that your days often feel dull and tiresome. There may be a sense of something being missing or lacking. You might also feel tired and depressed. This can be the result of the negative energy surrounding you due to the lack of passion and the positive energy it brings.

 

Finding your passion for life can create enormous change. You will find that you look forward to the day ahead and actually want to get out of bed in the morning. You will have more energy and focus. Additionally, you’ll feel more creative and inspired to follow your dreams and create those goals you’ve been meaning to accomplish. Don’t you think so?

 

Your passion for life will also help you create better relationships with others including family, friends, and colleagues. They will respond to your positive energy and enthusiasm.

 

Of course, your passion in life might also be a way for you to create it in your work also. This can result in a huge shift in your life as you will not only be living the life you love but you will also be undertaking work that you love as well. Wouldn’t it feel amazing to earn an income from doing something that inspires you and brings you joy?

 

Finding passion for something can create an enormous shift in your life and emotions. It can help you to live a fulfilling life where every day is full of purpose, energy, commitment, and achievement. If life feels dull, uninspiring and leaves you with little energy and focus then why not look for that something, a cause, hobby or career, that feels right and sparks joy within you? You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes to you, your relationships and possibly, your finances. Now THAT would create a whole NEW interest in PASSION, wouldn’t you say?

Let me know how you feel about creating some passion in your life. If you need a little inspiration, you can always give me a call!

 

The Importance of Setting Goals

The Importance of Setting Goals

Setting your Goals

In other words, HOW TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE. So, how then do you live your best life? This is what you need to do. You need to set goals for your personal and professional lives. Yup, the secret sauce to living…create it!

Here are a couple of pointers:

Having goals will allow you to measure your achievements and your success.

They will help you to improve those aspects that need to change.

Use this Goal Setting Worksheet to start yours…like right now!

But…before you begin to set your goals, you need to identify what your best life looks and feels like.

There are lots of ways to do this. Below are a few ideas you could try:

  1. You could write it down being as descriptive as possible and using the present tense as if you are living your best life right now.
  2. Or you could create a vision board with lots of pictures, words, and quotes.
  3. If you really want to attract a successful outcome you could do both. Try it and see what works best for you.

One important thing to remember about visualizing your best life is that it needs to inspire you and to be fulfilling. Nelson Mandela said, “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

So dream big.

Think about your life purpose.

What makes you happy? Inspires you?

What legacy do you want to leave?

Finding your passion and purpose is the crucial element to living your best life.

Once you have found them you can then set your goals and create your plans.

Goal setting is important to creating your best life because it provides the following benefits... Click To Tweet

Optimism: as you set goals, create plans and implement them you will see and feel yourself creating change in your life. These changes are positive and achieved by taking action. Each step is another towards your goal. You will feel proud of yourself as you achieve goals, reach milestones and see the changes you have made. These positive emotions create optimism for the future and help build strength and resilience to cope with change and any challenges you may encounter along the way.

Wellbeing: taking control of your life, deciding what you want to do with it and what you want to feel is incredibly empowering. Instead of feeling listless, unmotivated or depressed and anxious you will begin to discover a sense of excitement, curiosity, creativity, joy, passion and purpose. As you take action these positive steps will create positive emotions and the desire to continue to progress towards your end goal. You won’t want to settle for a humdrum existence when you have found the power to create the best life for you.

All of these positive emotions will reduce stress, anxiety and even depression. They will also affect your physical as well as your mental and emotional wellbeing.

Control: an often overlooked result of goal setting is control. By taking control of your life, envisioning the future you want through following your passion and purpose, you are acknowledging that life doesn’t just happen but can be shaped by you.

Your life is in your hands. You have the power to shape it to what you would like.

However, to create your best life you first need to discover your passion and purpose. Only then can you set your goals and plan how to achieve it. Without those goals, you reduce your chances of success as you won’t be able to recognize it when it happens. So…what are YOU going to do?

Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear what you have to say.

Stay tuned for my big ANNOUNCEMENT in April. I’m starting a new service called:

The Mentorship Project – Do I Need One?

 

 

 

What is a Mentor-Do I Need One?

What is a Mentor-Do I Need One?

How to Choose a Mentor

What is the definition of a mentor? According to Merriam-Webster, it’s “a trusted counselor or guide”. So, a mentor is someone that motivates you to keep you accountable to yourself and provides guidance. Here’s how to pick the best mentor for your upcoming year…

Who Inspires You?Mentor

Start by thinking about who regularly inspires you. Maybe it’s the speaking coach that’s crushing it with her products or the crafty mom who turned her blog into a thriving business that supports her family.

It’s OK if you choose a mentor in a different niche. For example, you may choose a mentor who sells makeup online, even though you’re a brand designer for local businesses. Just because you’re in separate industries, it doesn’t mean you can’t be influenced by her.

Why Do They Inspire You?

As you consider who might be a good mentor, ask yourself why certain people inspire you. It may be they have something you want like a big business, a good marriage, or a great sense of style. It could also be something they already are like an artist, an entrepreneur, a speaker, or a novelist.

Getting clear on why someone inspires you is important. Once you know, you’ll understand yourself better and what it is you want to create more of in your own life.

How Can You Learn from This Mentor?

You can begin learning from your mentor right away. Read her blog and sign up for updates. Watch her video episodes and take notes on the nuggets of wisdom that capture your interest. Follow her on social media and check in on her profile a couple of times a week.

Study what works for your mentor and what doesn’t. Pay attention to how she structures her time and uses her energy. Note her goals and see how she reaches them and what tools she uses along the way.

How Will You Engage?

As you’re learning from your mentor and soaking up her wisdom, don’t forget to engage with her. Comment on Facebook or reply on Twitter. Let her know how much you appreciate the fact that she’s sharing her journey with others just like you.

Look for ways you could hang out with her, whether online or in a virtual space. Sign up for her webinar or attend the conference she’s speaking at. Watch her live streams on Facebook or take her courses.

So, let’s review.

  1. Find someone that INSPIRES you.
  2. Why do they INSPIRE you?
  3. How can you LEARN from her?
  4. How are you going to ENGAGE with her?

Finding a mentor doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. In fact, there’s probably at least one women that you already admire and can learn a lot from! Yeah…ME!

Mentor

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How to Write S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2018

How to Write S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2018

Free Downloadable … S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet Below


Stop Talking about Your Goals Like They’re Dreams…Get ‘Em Done Instead

The other day, one of my business associates shared a free time calculator on their blog post. You can get this tool also! (get it here). Anyway, this tool will help you discover just how much time you have to pursue new goals and achieve those awesome things you’ve been putting off forever. So check it out…

Well, now that you know, you DO have the time to work on the things that matter to you, so let’s get to work on getting to those goals. Ok?

You’ve probably heard of S.M.A.R.T goals before…and that’s because it’s a formula that works.

Here’s an overview:

SPECIFIC – Your goal needs to be spelled out very precisely and you also need to have a reason WHY behind your goal. Some benefit or emotional attachment that will keep you focused. For example, a goal might be to earn $12,500 per month and onboard 5 new quality clients monthly in the next 90 days.

Using language that leaves no doubt as to what the goal is, why you want to achieve the goal, and how you will get there is very important. If you are not able to be detailed in your description of the goal, it will be hard to meet it. Take the time to do this part right.

MEASURABLE – This is where the Journal comes into play. It’s a report card and a method to measure what you want to accomplish and what you actually accomplished. If your goal cannot be quantified, then it’s not a full goal. By using this, you will know when you have succeeded. An example of a measurable goal would be “I want to deposit into our bank account an additional 100 dollars per week. I’ll accomplish this by writing five 500-word articles each week for a life coach.”

ACTIONABLE / ACHIEVABLE – There are different things that “A” can stand for, but it’s usually actionable or achievable. In order to achieve anything, you must take action. So, make your goal actionable.  Do something each day that will eventually result in an accomplished goal.

Goals should also be achievable, or you will quickly get frustrated. Be accurate about the time it takes to reach a goal, and what actions it takes to get there. Also, know who will be responsible for doing it.

REALISTIC / RELEVANT – “R” can stand for realistic or relevant, and both are important. If you want your goal to succeed, it should most certainly be realistic, or you will fail. If you’re currently making $500 a week and your goal is to increase that to $12,500 in 90 days, now that’s not realistic. However, you may be able to increase it by $300. Once you achieve that goal and are earning $800 a week, you can set a new goal to increase your income by another $500 a week or something similar.

Your goal should also be relevant to your life’s vision. It should also match your values. There’s no point in making or achieving goals that have no relevance to your long-term life goals. You could instead use that time to reach goals that get you one step closer to actually reaching your life goals. So always ask yourself, if the goal is relevant to your life goals.

TIME BOUND / TIMELY / TRACKABLE – Various authors refer to the “T” in the S.M.A.R.T. acronym as time-bound, timely or trackable. All of these t’s are important parts of the goal creating and setting process. If you don’t set a time limit and you can’t track what is happening, your goal will be hard to quantify or show as achieved. And isn’t that what it’s all about anyway? You decide!

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