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Focus on The "End Game"!

Life is full of ups and downs.

We ALL have days where we wonder if we should have bothered getting out of bed!

Hopefully we also all have days when everything seems to work.

IF you have goals, then when the going gets tough you can console yourself that there will be plenty more opportunities to reach your goals.

IF you don't have goals then tough days can seem "bigger" than they actually are.

So... if you want to take control of your life, and reduce the impact of those "bad days" follow these simple steps.

1. Set some goals.

2. Create a plan to reach those goals.

3. Always keep the "end game" in mind... and don't let those little set backs along the way distract you from the goal.

If you don't know where to start here is one approach...

Step 1. Develop some categories that you want to measure, the following worked for me ... - Health and Fitness - Vacation - Career - Family - Training/Education

Step 2. Set at least one goal for each category, and hopefully several goals in some categories.

Here are some examples ...

Under health and fitness you might want to lose 5lb by December; you might want to add weights into your workout routine at least twice a week; you might plan to reduce coffee consumption to 2 per day. Etc.

Under Vacation you should really give some thought about where you would like to go in the next two years. It could be to enjoy the cottage at least 12 weekends, or plan a weekend getaway without the kids; or take a 2 week vacation somewhere exotic etc.

Under Career you might set a goal of mastering certain aspects of your current role by January; having a career planning meeting with your boss or HR; or developing a training plan to advance your career.

The goals that you pick need to be achievable and within your control. This way you will see progress and as you do progress you can always add more goals or increase the "intensity".

Step 3. Plan into your calendar a monthly review. At that review you will check your progress against each goal and will create action items to address them ... which will go onto your "to do" list (of course you have a "to do" list!).

This is a very basic, easily managed approach to goal setting. You can obviously get much more complicated and sophisticated but this works and the most important thing is to start somewhere.

Try it!

"All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do."

Norman Vincent Peale

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)

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