Reaching Outrageous Goals

The Secret To Reaching Outrageous Goals

Have you ever set lofty, audacious, outrageous goals? Only to discover a few months later:

• You have forgotten all about your goals.

• Started and then felt overwhelmed.

• Nothing happened.

We are all so accustomed to instant gratification that long-term goals often don’t register in our brains.

Take a look at how “instant” you have become. If your internet doesn’t click to the next page promptly do you start to wonder why it is taking so long? Ten to fifteen years ago you were probably in awe of the internet even if it took a whole three minutes to dial up. Remember dial up connections?
Following is a fun strategy that will make your goals happen every month.

Let’s say you’ve decided your long term lofty, audacious goal is to take a week-long vacation every month. And you want to start this month. Give your vacation plan a name for example: “My Glorious Monthly Vacation”. Start right now and plan your first Glorious Monthly Vacation.

Here is the strategy. Plan an abbreviated Glorious Monthly Vacation. It is very important that you talk about your Glorious Monthly Vacation and always refer to it by name. This month your Glorious Monthly Vacation may be to take a good book, your lunch and spend the day at the beach. Enjoy your abbreviated Glorious Monthly Vacation and as soon as you head for home start planning next month’s Glorious Monthly Vacation.

Next month you may spend the day at the museum and go out for dinner. The strategy is to feel excited about your plans and your vacations even if they are not 7 days long. Also, you are building new habits and thought patterns.

Perhaps you’d like to save $1000.00 every month. Remember don’t ever miss a month. Keep your interest and excitement high. Your reduced savings deposit the first month might be $10.00. However as you deposit $10.00 say to yourself “my monthly $1000.00 deposit is $10.00 this month.”

Next month make another deposit. Be sure never to skip a month and always refer to it as your $1000.00 monthly deposit. It’s not the amount of money, but the new habit and the excitement you feel as you make the deposit.

Maybe you’d like to run a 25K marathon. Unless you are in top physical condition, you cannot go out and run 25 kilometers. However, you can run every day and say to yourself, “Today I’m running 1 K for my 25K run.” You’re training your body and your brain to be excited every day about your 25K goal.

How about applying it to your business building and online sales training?

Give your business a presumptuous name: My Outrageously Successful Business. Every time you sit down at the computer say to yourself, “I’m working on my Outrageously Successful Business.” That creates more excitement than I’m struggling to write a blog post or I’m researching a keyword.

When you are working on your business, use this strategy to keep yourself focused and excited and call it your Outrageously Successful Business.

Reach Your Goal

The Power of Consistent Action to Reach Your Goal

Have you ever had a goal and it seems like you’re committed to it, but you never quite seem to get there? Do you have a plan to drive it from start to finish so that you are sure to meet or exceed your goal? Think of this article as a mini-workshop in which I am challenging you to put together a list of tasks to which you are totally committed. All of these tasks must fall under one major goal.

What happens to us as humans, is that we tend to work generally toward an idea, but we wander around trying a bit of this, and a bit of that, never taking the fastest path. Your actions might get you there, but you are taking the long way around to get to your final destination.

There is a fancy word for this called “circuitous”

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary has two definitions

having a circular or winding course (a circuitous route)>
not being forthright or direct in language or action (a circuitous explanation)

It is an adjective that seems to relate back to the root words “circle” and/or “circuit” (these are never ending loops!). If you look at these definitions, both of them describe our dilemma. What we want is a bullet that will shoot straight and true to our target, not a winding road. Take out a large sheet of paper and write your major goal at the top. For our example, let’s assume that you want to take a vacation; you would write your goal at the the top of the page and make sure you include a date by which you want to accomplish it.

Goal: To go on a one-week vacation with my family to the beaches of Florida, before August 26th when the children have to go back to school

After that write down three actions that you can do regularly that will move you towards your goal. These actions need to be something that you can do consistently, and that your completely committed to doing.

For our example they might be:

I am committed:

I will not spend any loose change. I will put all of my spare change into a “vacation jar”. Even if I have 75 cents in my pocket and a can of soda costs 50 cents, I will use a fresh one-dollar-bill to pay for my drink so that I will have $1.25 to put in my “vacation jar” when I empty my pockets
I will run errands for friends and help with baby sitting to earn extra money, and I will put all of it into my vacation fund
I will watch movies on TV or on a DVD I own, rather than going to the movies or renting a movie

Next we will create a score card to track your progress and record your results (give yourself one point per activity accomplished, if it’s a weekly activity, you get a “freebie” for the day so give yourself a point).

My score card:

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

My result: (write your result here)

At the end of the week rate yourself on the following scale:

Number of Points – How You Rate

1-7 You are not really trying, do you really want the goal?

8-13 Good start, but your in danger of not making your goal

14-18 Your doing great, keep up the good work

19-21 Outstanding, you are sure to meet your goal

This consistent effort propels you towards your goal, and your goal towards you. Be on the look out for things that can move you more rapidly towards your goal. Things like, getting a raise, getting an income tax refund, receiving an extra paycheck, or saving $10 on medication by switching pharmacies or using a coupon. Use this money towards your goal. This is the Universe helping you, so don’t squander your opportunity.

Your goal may not be to go on a vacation or deal with money, but you should be able to take the idea from this article to help you toward your personal goal. Just make sure that you make your goal and actions believable and that your committed to them. Telling yourself that your going to exercise one-hour a day may sound believable, but unless your 100% committed to it, you are probably going to stop doing it before you get to your goal. Better to set smaller goals with easier steps, for example, committing to take the stairs rather than the elevator, or committing to walk for 15 minutes per day. That is not only believable but you can fit it into the busiest of days. Loosing 10lbs may not be as glamorous as 30lbs, but breaking your goal into chunks with real consistent action will get results. Luck isn’t necessary when you have a consistent system towards a realistic goal.

Goal Setting in Three Steps

Goal Setting in Three Steps

Goal setting can be overwhelming and difficult for many people. We read stories about all the steps to make sure you are setting goals properly. If you find goal setting difficult then I want to give you a surefire three-step goal setting process.

Step #1 Write What You Want

Writing down what you want is not new or innovative. However, many people do not even start with this most basic goal setting step. Figuring out what you want is a necessary part of the goal setting process. Here is a great way to think about writing out what you want.

Think about when you are going on vacation. What is the first step? You decide where you want to go on vacation. No one would ever decide to go on vacation and just get in the car and start driving. No, they would write down a place like Disney World and make a plan. Why should you plan your life and goals the same way?

Well, if you ever planned a vacation then you did this first step of goal setting. You picked a location you wanted for a vacation and then you made a plan. Making a plan leads to point number two.

Step #2 Make a Plan

Making the plan is the hard part of the goal setting process. You figured out what you wanted, but now can you design a plan to achieve your goal? Planning for a vacation is easier because usually the main part of the plan is figuring out how much the vacation will cost.

Making a plan for your goals in life is a little more complicated. Hence, this is a reason many avoid setting goals in the first place. They are not sure exactly how to accomplish their goals.

The best way I have found to write plans is to write out every alternative activity you can do. A good way to describe this is like when planning a trip you can drive or fly. After you decide which mode of transportation you then have to decide on the best route. Your goals plan is not any different. There is never one surefire way to accomplish your goals. There can be many alternative routes, which will eventually lead you to your destination.

# 3 Activity and Patience

Activity and patience go perfectly together with this final step because both are necessary to accomplish your goals. We all have started on some goal with every intention to reach the goal, but we run into obstacles along the way. At that very moment is the time you need to show patience. Far too many people quit when they run into a little adversity. Do not let this happen to you

I am sure you have heard you need to take daily action on your goals. Now what does daily action really mean? I have found the action does not have to be massive, but it must be consistent. Think about your vacation to Disney World again. If you decided to drive and the total distance was 1,000 miles to Disney World would you stop after 300 miles? No, you would continue to drive each hour and day until you arrived to Disney World. To accomplish your goals you must continue to move forward.

Why do people quit after one week or two weeks into a goal? Lack of patience is the answer. We cannot give up on our goals just because our rate of progress is not what we had expected. Accomplishing goals is like a journey with twists and turns in the road. There is never a straight line to any goal.

Practical Traveler

Practical Traveler – How to Save Money for Vacation

Everyone knows going on a vacation isn’t cheap these days. You can take a few short cuts by booking your flights, hotels, and car rental through websites like Travelocity, Orbit, and Expedia. You can get discounts on these necessities by using showing your military status or by finding coupons in your Entertainment book. The best way to save money on vacation is to save money for your vacation. Once you decide to go on vacation, or perhaps before, follow some of these ideas to make sure you have enough money to do everything you want to once you reach your vacation destination.

The first step, one you decide to take a vacation, or have even an inkling of an idea you might want to take a vacation somewhere in the near future, is start a savings account. Figure out how much money you might want or need to spend on your trip. Be sure to include expenses such as air fare if you’re flying or rental car and gas if you’re driving, a hotel room for the number of nights you plan on staying, and food for the entire time you’re on vacation. You may not need to account for three meals every day, as your hotel may offer a complimentary continental breakfast, but if you are traveling with children, be sure to account for enough food money for snacks. Also, you’ll want to include extra money in your budget for any souvenirs and other extras you find yourself needing while you’re gone; extra deodorant, toothbrush, hair brush, or sunscreen.

Once you’ve decided how much money you’ll need on your vacation, divide that amount up by the number of weeks you have until you plan on leaving for vacation. Whatever number you come up with is the amount of money you should deposit into an account or put back each week make sure you meet your goal before your vacation time arrives. Some employers allow you to change your direct deposit and allot a certain amount of money directly from your paycheck into a savings account. You can also arrange with your bank to have a designated amount of money transferred from your checking account into your savings account every month. So take the time to set up one of these option to guarantee you meet your vacation goals.

Another way to save money for your vacation is to cut the corners with bills and spending where you can. If you go get your hair cut every other week, but you could actually wait and get it cut every month, do it. A normal hair cut costs about $14 these days. If you were to start saving six months before you leave for your vacation, switching your hair cuts to once a month instead of every other week, you would save $98. That puts you $98 closer to your vacation goal. Another way to save money by cutting corners is to buy generics when it comes to groceries. Depending on what item you’re buying, you could save a few cents upwards of a few dollars.

You can also get a part time job to save money for your vacation. Do odd jobs for neighbors. Depending on the seasons, you could mow grass, rake leaves, shovel drives and sidewalks. You could offer to go to the grocery store for an elderly neighbor or babysit for a single mother. Take all the money from these part time, odd jobs and add them to your savings account and build up your vacation savings even quicker.

No matter when your vacation or where you plan to go, you still need to make sure you have enough money saved up to have the time of your life. Use some of these ideas to cut corners or make.

Goal Setting Tips

SMART Goals: Goal Setting Tips

In this month of November – before the holidays are in full swing – it is the perfect time to set goals for the new year! Take a moment and think about what you want to achieve in 2015. If you will do this and follow the practice below of making them SMART goals, when the new year rolls around, you will find that you are well on your way to achieving them!

A SMART goal is one that is the following:

Specific

Measurable

Action-oriented

Realistic

Timely

So, write out your goals and then measure them against this acronym.

Ask yourself, is this goal Specific? The more specific your goal, the more likely you will be to achieve it. For example, having a goal of going on vacation is not as specific as having a goal to go on vacation at Disney World in Orlando, Florida in August.

Next ask yourself, is this goal Measurable? To measure a trip to Disney World, you might first find out how much the entire trip will cost, i.e., travel, hotel, admission. If you are saving for the trip, you would determine how much you would need to save each month for the next seven months (Jan-July). As the months progress, you can measure how close you are to reaching your goal by looking at how much you have saved.

The next question: is this goal is Action-oriented? A goal cannot just be a hope or a dream. It has to be something where you can take action. In our Disney World example, you can take action by saving the money for the cost of the trip, scheduling vacation time with your job, buying clothes for the trip, etc. Please note, this aspect of the acronym is something that you will revisit throughout the life of your goal. You will want to continually ask yourself, am I taking action to achieve this goal? If not, you’ve kicked your goal back into being a hope or a dream.

Next ask yourself, is this goal Realistic? Another way of saying this is whether the goal is attainable. For example, if you live in a country millions of miles away from Orlando, Florida and you are unemployed and you would have to travel hundreds of miles just to get to an airport, etc., a Disney World vacation may not be for you at the moment. You may not be able to attain this goal in seven months. Of course, faith supersedes natural law, so by all means follow the leading of the Spirit. I am the eternal optimist, but optimism, in my opinion, looks at the circumstances before ignoring them. Do the same with your goals.

Finally, ask yourself, is this goal Timely? You must set a time limit on your goals. Otherwise, they will be too vague and relegated to the hope/dream category. In our example, we’ve set August as our time limit for reaching the Disney Vacation goal. It is a clear target, which brings about the focus needed for reaching the goal. By the way, if you have humongous goals that seem really unattainable, set a target date anyway. You will always need something to aim toward and even if you don’t reach the goal by the target date, you will be very close to reaching it! In our example, let’s say, something comes up and you have to spend some of your vacation savings. Unfortunately, August rolls around and you don’t have all the money. You do, however, have some of the money. So you can just move the target date until you have all of the money. You will notice in August that you are much closer to your Disney Vacation than you were in January.

Vacation on a Budget

How to Get the Best Price for a Cruise Ship Vacation on a Budget

Every year, individuals and families dream about taking a vacation. Big plans often lead to downsized itineraries and travels because of monetary limits. This is especially true with a family. However, with prudent budgeting and planning, anyone can have the vacation of their dreams.

A popular dream vacation is on a cruise ship. Most families stop at the planning stages because they often think that such a trip is unaffordable. Some simple steps can improve the probability of this dream becoming a reality.

It all starts with budgeting. Simple steps include:

1) Make a daily spending diary. Write down all the spending that occurs in the household. Bills, groceries, gas, movies, all need to be accounted for. At the end of each week or month, add the expenses and subtract from all income.

2) Look at the list and see which expense can be eliminated or reduced. Get creative. Gas expenses can be reduced by carpooling. Grocery expenses can be lowered by shopping with coupons, warehouse stores, and private label goods.

3) Open a special savings account for your trip. It is best to have a routine. Some individuals find that taking a certain percentage from their paycheck and depositing the funds in their savings account works well. Other people take any savings from their expenses and place it into the bank. For example, movies can be rented instead of going to the cinema. If it costs a family $50 for a theater outing and renting a movie costs $5, the savings of $45 is deposited in the special vacation account.

4) One of the most important steps in the budgeting process is to write down the goal. Describe what type of cruise, destination, time of year, and total costs. The more detailed the writing of the goal, the more powerful the results. Something special happens when goal setting. Once a goal is set, your subconscious takes the best path to obtaining the written details. By the way, goal setting is very effective and should be used in all aspects of your life.

Budgeting and goal setting is just one aspect of making sure the cruise vacation becomes reality. When the savings account balance approaches the desired travel cost, it is time get the best price for the cruise.

1) Contact as many travel agents as possible to get pricing. Some agents only specialize in one or two cruise lines. Often, individual agents get special promotions from cruise lines and the savings are passed on to the traveler.

2) Ask about cash rebates. Some common rebates include free passage for third and fourth passengers, free air fare, flat rates for inside and outside room cabins.

3) Be sure to call the cruise ship company or check their website. Special deals are sometimes found that aren’t offered anywhere else.

4) Don’t forget to check the online travel sites. Get on the email lists to be notified of special last minute deals.

5) If you are adventurous, you can contact the cruise ship company at the last minute to get special rates for unfilled room cabins.

6) Also consider any discounts you may be able to get with any affiliations such as credit unions, triple A, and senior discounts.

In the beginning, it may seem impossible to obtain the necessary funds to go on a cruise ship vacation. However, with prudent planning, goal setting, and budgeting, you can soon realize your dream.