Debbie Allen

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Tips to help you set and reach your goals.

Goal Setting Tips

Always have some goals that are easy to reach. Simple goals and short-term goals will motivate you as you achieve them and keep you headed toward larger goals.

Make yourself stretch with long-term goals.
Long-term goals are usually two years or longer. These goals set the stage for your plan of success. They challenge you, expand your growth and help to keep you focused.

Share your goals with affirmations.
Speaking your goals out loud in the form of affirmations will not only help to feed your own sub-conscious mind, it will also allow others to support your efforts too. You are more likely to achieve your goals if your friends, business associates and family know about them. Only share your goals with people who encourage your growth and success and avoid negative forces.

It always amazes me how many goals I achieve by sharing them with others. My friends, family, business associates and even my audience attendees help me to stay on track and keep me moving toward my goals with continuous positive encouragement.

If you have a tendency to disappoint yourself before disappointing others, you may not feel comfortable sharing your goals. Yet, most people who don't share their goals often don't really believe that they can accomplish them. This negative self-doubt feeds your sub-conscious mind and begins to sabotage your results. To avoid this, move away from any negative self-talk and start sharing more often.

Prioritize, yet be flexible.
It is best to decide which goals are most important for you to achieve. Date your goals accordingly in the areas that will reap you the largest return on your investment of time and money. Ask yourself, is this task moving me toward my goals faster or holding me back from reaching my peak potential?

Be open and flexible to changes around you.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, you may need to adjust the due date of your goal or reevaluate and cancel it altogether. Often, the goals that receive the most attention are most likely the goals that will change frequently too.

Understand why you want to achieve your goal.
Why do you really want to achieve your long-term goal? What will it do for you or how will it change your life?

Clarify the root of why you want to achieve your goals.
Is it to earn respect from others or to create a better lifestyle for your family? Will your goal have a profound impact on your life or others?

Don't let your ego get in the way of setting big goals.
Honest evaluation of why you want to achieve your goals will bring valuable insight and newly discovered personal development. The more you understand why you want something, the more motivated you will be to keep working at accomplishing your goals.

Don't give up.
You will get discouraged from time to time and may even start to doubt yourself. That is just human nature. You will also get busy, side-tracked, and may have a tendency to procrastinate. But don't' stop! Keep moving toward your goals - one step at a time.

The reason many people do not set goals is the fear of failure. Yet the only true failure is to not attempt to try new things and to set new goals. If you don't try, you'll never reap the rewards. If you try and only partly succeed, you still are a success, and you will have achieved more than you've got right now.

Get to work on your goals for this year! Once you accomplish them you will discover more confidence and feel more empowered. That is your special gift to yourself.

Debbie Allen is the award winning author of "Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters", and an international business speaker who has presented to thousands of people in nine countries around the world. She is a frequent guest on dozens of syndicated radio talk shows throughout US and Canada. Debbie has built and sold seven companies, and her sales and marketing expertise has been featured in dozens of national and international publications. Take her insightful free business card quiz and sign up for her informative newsletters at

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