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8 Simple Steps to Success

Set A Course for Success
Don't read this if you are not committed
to succeed!
relationships, etc.. Set an outcome or goal for
each. Then, start to break each outcome
down in three month segments, then
monthly, weekly, and even daily. Remember,
the journey of 1600 km (1,000 miles) begins
with the first step and is only achieved with
consistent effort.
Now that we have separated the wheat from
the chaff, let's get down to the kernel of what
it takes to be successful in all areas of your
life: material, spiritual, your relationships,
family, work, and your community.
There are two types of things that can knock
you off course.
1) The environment around you --
competition, the market, a snow storm, and
2) your own beliefs about yourself-- your
commitment, effort and determination.
You cannot do much about the weather, but
your own effort, commitment and beliefs are
within your control.
It takes two things. Planning and effort
consistent with your plan.
Think about this. How will you know you
have had a great year? The answer, "I'll just
know" doesn't cut it. You need to be very
specific about what you want to achieve this
year. It is called "starting with the end in
mind." To build a house you need a plan of
what it will look like when it is finished.
Then start with the foundation, build the
walls, the roof, etc. You'll know you have
achieved your goal when the physical reality,
the house, matches the picture on the paper -
- the plan.
A plan will help keep you focused and on
track. If you're concerned with being boxed
in by a plan, don't worry. It is a flexible thing.
The objective is to help you achieve what
you want.
"If we don't change
the direction we're
going, we're going to
end up where we're
headed." -- Chinese
Proverb
Plan to build your year like you would build
your home. Decide what you want then take
action aligned with your plan. Whatever it is
you want, get the most out of your life this
year and take the time to set out a plan.
A plan and a goal of completion give you
both context and a direction to follow. You'll
never know you have arrived if you don't
know where you're going.
There are two key parts to a plan. Where you
are starting from and where you want to end
up. Starting with your final destination gives
you a point from which to measure your
current position in relation to your outcome.
You can then direct your attention and
efforts to stay on course towards your goal.
When your plan is clear, you can then begin
to lay out the specific steps to take you where
you want to go.
Start your New Year Plan by thinking of
January 1, 2000. What will you have
accomplished? It may be helpful to look at
different areas of your life: work, family,
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