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The Right Way to Set and Achieve Your Goals – Be S.M.A.R.T

People set their goals differently, depending on their current situation, resources, physical capacity and other factors. You can, however, follow some guidelines to make sure that your goals are credible and achievable. Too many people seem to set their goals without having a realistic game plan, only to become disappointed. Here are some S.M.A.R.T tips for you.

Being Specific

Goals need to be specific, so that you know which part of the process you are currently working on and the particular ways you will achieve it. Most people have goals to get promoted, get rich, improve relationships and the like, but these are very vague and your mind can become confused about what you truly mean. General descriptions usually do not have boundaries, so you always leave room for mistakes and compromise. If you want results that you can be proud of, be specific.

To be specific, you need to include the full details. Write down something like, “I will earn three hundred and fifty thousand dollars in my business by September of this year.” or “I will be the top leader of the sales division by next week.” or “I want my relationship with my spouse to grow, we will go on weekly dates.” Include the names, the position, the amount, the date and everything else needed to train your mind to start working toward that goal.

Being Measurable

Goals need to be measurable so that you can keep track of how well you are doing. To help measure your path and goal, you should include quantifiable details. For your job, you can include specifics such as the number of hours you are working, the amount you are earning, the staff you are managing, etc. For the goal of money, you can include details such as the amount you want to have as a whole or the number of companies or businesses you own. Always have important points and items to be measured so you can understand how close you are to achieving your goals. If your goal is to earn $30,000 a month, then you know you are halfway there if you’re already earning $15,000 a month.

Attainable vs Realistic

Only set goals that can possibly be accomplished. Some people set goals that are too high to reach, that they are almost setting up situations that are impossible. Make sure you only set objectives that you can reach within a given amount of time, provided the current resources and capabilities you have. Some examples of impossible goals are doubling your salary overnight, getting a promotion higher than your boss’s position, etc. Some goals can be achieved faster compared to others if you have the right tools and strategies already in place. Always include a strategic plan for big objectives.

Time-Bound

Set “lifelines” to achieve your goals. I don’t like the word deadline, I prefer lifeline. Stay specific when setting timelines and schedules. For example, indicate things like “To spend at least 1 uninterrupted hour talking with my spouse everyday starting tomorrow (indicate exact date and year)”. Setting the exact time and date will spur you to start working on your goals, instead of putting it off for another day and procrastinating. Some goals can take years to accomplish so it is wiser to break these down into smaller objectives, still complete with lifelines.

You are worthy of achieving your goals so always remember to be S.M.A.R.T while getting them done.

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4 Steps to “Get It Done” despite Your Busy Schedule

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that is your own self. ~ Aldous Huxley

One of the most common complaints in today’s world is that we are just too busy to find time for the things that really matter. We are too consumed by our work and then by our responsibilities for our family and society that we get little time for personal enrichment of any kind. We do not find time to pursue our passion.

However, if we managed things in a better way, we could be able to find time for the things that we like to do. It is all about proper management.

Set Priorities

The Problem: You need to be good at your job and providing for your family, but you struggle to find “me time”.

The Solution: We are not asking you to become selfish, but when you are spending the better part of your day at work and a significant amount of time each day performing your various other obligations, schedule at least an hour every day for your personal development. Remember that improving self is extremely vital.

Your Time is an Asset

Decide what you want to do with your time each day and invest it wisely. Are you going to enrich yourself in some way? You may be planning to do something creative or just become more productive. When you know what you want and you are willing to go after it, you begin to view your time as an asset.

Make a Commitment

Just as you commit to perform all your other jobs, make a commitment to yourself as well. Commit that you will spend at least 1 hour each day enriching yourself. This time could be when you return home from your office or it can be early morning. But, promise yourself that you will spend an hour on self-improvement and stick to that vigorously.

Ask Others

Ask people you trust what changes they want to see in you. Ask them what they think you are good at. Your trusted friends and confidants will tell you the truth about what they want you to do. They will help shape your understanding on how you need to improve on your noted talents.

There is only one you in the world. Take the time to shape and mold yourself to be your very best.

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4 Steps to Develop Your Own Style

There are people who spend their whole lives conforming to the ideals of other people, while there are some people who want to develop their own style. If you are the latter type, then it does not mean that you have a large ego or that you are vain about yourself. If you have decided to develop your own style, then it is the sign of a confident personality. You are striving to be unique; there is no harm in that.

The first thing you have to do when you aspire to develop your own style is to have a full realization of your limitations and capabilities. You cannot be unique unless and until you know what you can and cannot do. Think about what you are good at, and think about the things you are not good at.

Work on Your Strengths

Always try to work to your strengths. If there is something you can do well, try and see how you can improve at it. This is what will characterize your personality. People will remember you for your talent. Aren’t all famous personalities of the world remarkable because of at least one talent? Find out what your special forte is, and work on it.

This does not mean you should ignore your weaknesses completely. Try to improve on that too. A person with an impressive personality is one who can manage various tasks, but excel at least one.

Listen to Your ‘Inner Voice’

It is also important that you listen to your ‘inner voice’. When you are planning on something, ask yourself—What does my inner voice say? And act accordingly. If you have firm conviction in a particular thing, you should probably do just that. There will be several detractors on the way, but you should only heed the advice of people who have noble intentions for you. Don’t be obstinate, but know what’s good for you and act accordingly. Be confident in yourself and your ideas.

Do what You Believe

Don’t blindly copy others. Don’t try to do something just because someone else is doing it. Do what you believe in, even though other people do not recommend it. If you are firmly convinced that it is good for you, then it probably is. Weigh the pros and cons of anything that you take up, and when you take something up, commit yourself to it.

Have Faith in Yourself

Developing your own style is not something that you can do overnight. Your whole life is a process of developing a personality or a style. Everything that you do will affect it. Integrity and credibility are the basic survival tools in developing your own style. So, you need to be careful about everything that you do and, above all, have faith in yourself.

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How To Think As Big As You Really Are by: Hasheem Francis and Deborah Francis

We live in an environment where we have been conditioned to think small, simplify our lives and to overall expect and demand less from life. The world tells us that “whatever will be, will be” and that “fate” is in complete control of our destinies. So forget those big dreams, and forget striving for a better life. Be resigned with what you have.

But I am here to declare, “Don’t let the words of others limit your vision. Do and Be YOU!”

I once read somewhere, as an experiment, someone put two advertisements in the newspaper. Both were for the same job with the exact same job description, but one of them offered to pay a salary that was double the one of the other. Strangely, about ten times more people applied for the lower paying job. Yet, the world tells us that there is too much competition for the top spots in life. This experiment clearly disproves that. It’s NEVER ok to settle for an unsatisfying or unpleasant status quo. 

People are taught to think small. And that is why they fail. The size of our success is limited only by the size of our thinking. “If you let fear run through you unchallenged, it can prevent you from thinking productively. Big thinking rewards action: always has and always will.

You can have anything you want, but you have to believe that you can achieve it. There is no one who can hinder or stop the firm resolve of a determined soul. The problem with most people is that they believe that there isn’t enough to go around and so they must not take more than their fair share. But, money and success do not run out.  All things are possible to those who believe.

So many people feel trapped in their lives of tiny dreams, of getting by, of constantly craving more and yet thinking themselves undeserving of more. Is this how you want to live your life? Open your mind, your imagination, expand the size of your thinking and your drive for success and get to work. Will there be challenges? Absolutely.  A detour is not a change in the destination. It’s just an alternate route to get there. Keep going! Will people doubt you? Absolutely. When people doubt you, just say: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do. And when you prepare my table in the presence of my enemies, make sure they get the best seat in the house.” Think big and make those dreams happen!

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Developing the Power of Belief in Yourself

Believing in yourself is essential toward achieving personal success. Without self-belief, we tend to make poor decisions based on self-doubt and fear rather than what is best for us. These decisions may lead to self-destructive behaviour such as working at a job you hate because you believe you can not find a better job, staying in a bad relationship because you believe you do not deserve a better one, and so on and so forth. If you do not believe whole-heartedly in yourself, you will not allow yourself to pursue success.

  1. Visualize success, not failure. Whether at work or at home, train yourself to substitute success thinking for failure thinking. When put in a competitive situation, think “I am equal to the best” not “I am inferior to everyone else. Let the “I Will Succeed” mentality overwhelm the negativity in your mind. Visualizing success conditions your mind to create ways to produce success. Conversely, visualising failure does the exact opposite.
  2. Be your own biggest cheerleader. Look at yourself in the mirror daily and remind yourself that you are better than you think you are. Success does not require super powers or super intellect. Nor is it based on pure luck. Successful people are just ordinary people who believe wholeheartedly in themselves and in what they do. Never short-change yourself.
  3. Believe big. Dreaming big is an important part of achieving success for anyone. The size of our success is only limited by the size of our belief. Often people are scared to think big because they think they are incapable of or do not deserve success. But remember this, BIG Dreamers, BIG Thinkers achieve BIG Results. Do not limit yourself.

Develop the power of belief in yourself by following the three simple tips presented above and watch your life grow in abundance and prosperity. Remember, you can only be as much as what you believe yourself to be.

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It Is Time To Slay the Procrastination Monster

Procrastination is a monster that lurks in the lives of every single entrepreneur. It is the enemy of productivity, the number one cause of lost opportunities, and the ultimate killer of momentum.

Therefore, to be able to effectively control your activities and make every second count, it is vital for you to slay that procrastination monster!

Like all other important activities worth doing in life, slaying the procrastination monster is something that requires a huge amount of discipline and willpower, especially at the start.

The master key to doing that, however, is pretty simple. It is to simply start the day doing the activity you dread most. In self-help guru Brian Tracy’s words, “Eat That Frog!”

The rationale behind this method is that once you are done with the most dreaded activity, you would feel such a sense of accomplishment and invincibility that you know nothing else can stop you. You will also gain a huge amount of momentum that will leave you rolling over the rest of your daily activities without delay.

Instead of slaying many procrastination monsters all throughout the day, all you have to do is to slay the king at the start of the day, and the rest of the procrastination minions will automatically diminish in power, or even disappear altogether, making your day much more pleasant, with a much clearer sense of direction and focus.

However, do note that this activity does need some getting used to, as I believe there are people who have successfully slain the procrastination monster and ended up feeling traumatized about all the time they have lost during their life.

Do not underestimate the power of this skill due to its simplicity. Simplicity is where beauty resides! Once you start getting the feel of how to slay that procrastination monster, you will start shaving hours off unwanted shuffling and deliberating, and finally start getting things done in the fastest and most effective manner!

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The True Value of A Mentor

A mentor is considerably like it seems, a leader who helps a person develop into the leader that they are destined to be.  A mentor can successfully challenge and empower you to get your life, business, health and finances in order. Some people do not fully understand how much they could overcome with the help of a mentor who traveled the journey and have succeeded. “Do You Want A Coach Or A Mentor? A Coach Knows The Game By Observation. A Mentor Knows The Game By Experience. A Mentor Has The Scars And Wisdom From The Experience Of Playing The Game.”– Hasheem Francis

Being a mentor is considerably more than just listening to problems and permitting one to cry on your shoulder, that is what many people do not comprehend. A mentor has to know what questions to ask and what buttons to push to get a mentee out their slump. Mentors focus on solutions, while coaches focus on motivation.

It can be pretty essential that when you are searching for a mentor that you select a mentor who has the results in their own personal life. You cannot have someone who has never experienced wealth or is not in the wealth building process to tell you how to manage your money.  You want to make sure that that you are being mentored by a leader that has the experience within the field in which they are mentoring.

A mentor’s major goal is always to empower it’s mentee to become more. A mentor is not a personal cheerleader, if you are looking for a cheerleader, get a coach. A mentor’s focus is results and change.  A mentor is not to make you feel comfortable, because an experienced mentor know that success is outside your comfort zone. Understand that your mentor’s mission is to change your life in a good way. A mentor listens, empowers their client’s with tools, and guide their clients in the proper direction so that they get the results that they desire.

Although there are several different reasons why a person would choose to integrate a mentor within their lives, the most important reason is CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.

Built To Prosper Mentoring Program remains the most comprehensive program of its kind and a leader’s best choice for exceeding their maximum goals. If you are highly motivated and want the individualized or corporate mentoring by one of our true expert, then you need our mentoring program.

Built To Prosper Mentoring focuses on 4 areas: Business, Leadership, Wealth & Health. Mentoring enables you to reach your full potential in life. It gives you the ability to promote your personal and professional development in a strategic and supportive way, leading to enhanced returns on your investment.  If you are serious about creating the life that you desire it’s time to get your own Built To Prosper Mentor.  Visit us at: http://www.BTPMentoring.com

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