Goal Setting- What has worked for you in the past?

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If you're in this forum, I'm assuming you've at least written down some goals or googled "goal-setting".

I'm curious, are there any forum participants that have found methodologies that worked or had experiences where it didn't quite work well?
 

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Hey, I'm new here & really loved this thread idea.

I'm currently looking for ways to improve my self-motivation skills but what's been working for me recently is writing down my ACHIEVEMENTS for the day as well as writing what I need to do. I feel GOOD when I see these little things that I've done as I know that they are all slowly working on an improved me!
 
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A few year ago I decided I wanted to winter in the sun and start an internet business, now I am doing both wintering in Spain and Affiliate marketing,

also many years ago I was left to bring up 3 children - I had no qualifications, in 5 months I had 5 passes and an art portfolio plus a place at a teaching training college, 3 years later I qualified here is how http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Secrets-of-Making-Your-Dreams-a-Reality&id=9308742

So my method works for me.
Best wishes

I hope I don't offend anyone, or break any rules putting an Ezine link in to share my method which may help someone.
 
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Thinking of your question prompted me to write this article:

So when does a dream become a goal and what is the difference? I have been pondering on the question and I think a dream begins with a fleeting idea, grows into a dream with persistent attention and becomes a goal when it expands into a passion with a date for completion and is written down. When it is finally achieved it becomes a dream achieved. What do you think?

The thought came to mind when I was contemplating my dreams/goals for this year. I'm on a roll now, for the last few years we have been planning a dream to winter in the sun and my dream to set up an online business. Those are achieved, here we are wintering in the sun, living our dream, so I was contemplating what next? To continue Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Anne_O'Dwyer/1211696
 
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I don't give it any thought. If I think of something or want to do something, I just do it without giving it a second thought.
That's a great quality. So many people obsess before making it happen.
 
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Hey, I'm new here & really loved this thread idea.

I'm currently looking for ways to improve my self-motivation skills but what's been working for me recently is writing down my ACHIEVEMENTS for the day as well as writing what I need to do. I feel GOOD when I see these little things that I've done as I know that they are all slowly working on an improved me!
Keeping yourself motivated can be tricky...Here's a quick "hack" to get you through the week and look back with prideful eyes on what you accomplished...

Take 20 minutes at the beginning of the week (Sunday or Monday) and categorize your week as best you can...For instance...

Finances
---Budget for month of February
---Save $200 this week

Health
---Workout Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 30 minutes
---Take kids in for their check up on Friday

Marketing
---Cold call 20 new prospects
---Schedule appointments for following week
---Create template for customers to use when filling out forms on site

....As you get through the week...check these off. You can always look back at this if you get lost with what you need to do but it also shows how much you've ACHIEVED!
 

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Success starts in a person's state of mind. Therefore, every person may have his or her own perspectives when it comes goal setting. As for me, I always come up with some short-term or long-term goals. I also put on some "realistic" deadlines on each of these goals and try hard as much as I can on reaching each one of them. I'm sure there are some other better ways, but mine has worked good for me so far. You may learn more about making yourself successful by going to some helpful sites that promote personal development.
 

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Hello, thanks for this good question.
In my past, I have made actions but they stay unfinished. When I started to grow, step by step, I achieve all my unfinished tasks:
I give few: repair my past mistakes, getting my graduations, finish to read a book (because of procrastination) and finish all video games that I have never finish.
And in this process, I am conditioned myself to finish always that I have begun ;-)
 

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In my experience (and what I have noticed in many others' as well) it is pretty hard to get through to the end - achieving the goal. The pattern usually is I would start and last a few days to a week or so, and then it just fades away and nothing lasting has been accomplished. The initial enthusiasm is what helps early on but pretty quickly the old habits regain their control.

What helps with this?

Some things are:
  • Having accountability, such as a coach or a friend to report to.
  • Giving yourself little rewards throughout, which can even be the satisfaction of checking the desired activity for that day off the list.
  • Making a detailed system with conditions that are set up to accommodate the desired actions.