Managing Your Biz

Goals & Rewards

When you reach a goal, you get a great feeling of accomplishment. For some, that feeling is enough of a motivator to help them work their way to that goal.

Unfortunately, that feeling simply isn’t enough for most people….

If you fall into the second category, don’t worry. You are not alone. And there is a very easy solution to your “problem.” Give yourself a reward!

Yes – a reward!

Knowing that you are going to get a prize can make you work a lot harder! It sounds very simple, but it does work!

For example, if you have a project that needs to be finished, and you’ve been procrastinating, tell yourself that you will get a pedicure when the project is finished, or maybe a new pair of shoes, or your favorite bottle of wine.

Don’t cheat!

For this to work, you really have to wait until the project is finished to indulge in your reward!

For a big goal, put out reminders to help you stay focused and on track. For example, print out pictures of your reward and hang them on your fridge or your bathroom mirror. Every time you see them, you will be reminded of what you are working towards and why you are working so hard!

Have you ever done something like this? What were your results? Did this help you work harder and avoid procrastination?

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Crissy Says

The Get Ready For 2010 Planning System

There are many organizational systems out there – but if the system doesn’t work for you, it isn’t going to help you get your business ready for 2010.

I created a system that works for me, and I’m sharing it with you. Here’s what you will receive:

* Get Ready For 2010 – a 10 page workbook full of tips to help you set goals, get organized, learn how to say “no,” and more

* Planning Sheets – You will receive a yearly project planning sheet, a blog idea sheet for each month of the year, and weekly goals / to-do lists, plus instructions on how to use them.

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(the systemm will only be available through December 30, 2009)

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Managing Your Biz

Do You Believe In Yourself?

Faith is an elusive thing. It’s often much easier to have faith in someone or something else than it is to have faith in yourself. Yet if you’re going to achieve your goals, it’s the one essential thing you need to have.

Belief in yourself gives you the power to:

Dream big. When you believe in yourself you’re not limited to just making it through another day; you have big dreams and the faith that you can achieve them. Fitness goals become marathons, business goals become millions and relationship goals become happily ever afters.

Persevere. When you believe in yourself you’re able to push through the hard times. This is because you know that you’ll be able to solve the problem or weather the challenge, and also because you know that hard times pass. People who believe in themselves are optimistic and positive – they look at the silver lining, make lemonade out of lemons and all those other silly cliché’s that are so very true.

Succeed. It’s an interesting phenomenon. People who believe that they will succeed, actually do. Some people call it the secret or the law of attraction, while others call it luck and still others consider it good old-fashioned hard work. Whatever you believe, having faith in yourself leads to success. In fact, it’s seriously difficult to succeed without it. So how do you cultivate this faith in yourself?

How to believe in yourself

Sometimes it’s easy to believe in ourselves for one particular thing but difficult to have faith in ourselves for another. For example, you know you’re great with people so you have wonderful personal and romantic relationships and any goals you set with respect to relationships are easily accomplished. However, you’re not so confident about your money skills and your financial goals are always a struggle. What’s the solution?

Faith in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals, regardless of what they are, can be grown and nurtured by focusing on what you do well. If you’re struggling to achieve a specific type of goal, get expert help. Faith in yourself doesn’t mean you have to accomplish things on your own! Focus on your strengths and what you know you can accomplish and trust that you can find the right experts to help you in those other areas.

Lighten up! No one is good at everything. It’s just not possible. Embrace your strengths, skills and talents. Love them, appreciate them and use them to help you attain your goals. Your weaknesses? Well, how you handle those is up to you. You can let them go, try to improve them or seek expert help. The choice is yours.

Start small. It’s tough to hang onto a belief in yourself if you’re trying to accomplish a goal you’re just not ready for. You wouldn’t just jump off the couch and expect to run a marathon, right? Start with goals you know you can accomplish and grow from there.

Belief in yourself is essential to accomplishing your goals and dreams. When you have it, everything is possible.

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Managing Your Biz

Make It Happen

Creating and a list of goals may not sound like much fun, but it is important to your business. Goals will help you stay motivated and help you break down what can be a momentous task into small manageable steps.

Here are some tips to help you create your goals – and “make it happen”:

#1 – Chart your goals. Keeping track of your goals is important. You may want to start by charting down all of your goals in one place where you can easily keep track of them. Give your goals estimated dates of accomplishment and reward yourself as you tick off your successes.

Keeping track of your goals in this manner will help you stay motivated and keep you moving in the right direction. Experts have agreed that we are more likely to stick to our plans if we have well-thought out and specific goals we’re aiming for. Charting your goals helps you do that.

#2 – Overcome your obstacles. We all have obstacles we need to find a way around. In business, it may be balancing your family life with work, or perhaps squeezing in time to build your business around your full-time job. Whatever your current situation, it may help to write down your obstacles together with a resolution plan to help you get over them.

For example, if you have very little time to build your business, write a realistic plan to keep you on track. Even if you only have four hours a week, it’s much more realistic to write that down than to aim for ten hours and end up disappointed.

#3 – Celebrate your success. Many of us have goals which we strive for, but often times we only celebrate our big accomplishments. However, it’s important to celebrate the small successes just as much as the big ones.

A good way to do this is to have smaller goals as well as large ones. Then chart down your progress and identify all of your achievements – big or small.

Taking time to celebrate your small achievements will give you a sense of accomplishment which may help you tackle your larger goals. You can celebrate with small treats such as purchasing that handbag you’ve wanted for months, treating yourself to a spa day or going out for a celebration dinner. It really doesn’t matter how you celebrate as long as you acknowledge your job well done.

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Managing Your Biz

Getting Those Goals

Goals drive us forward in life.  They give us a purpose.  We get up in the morning and get moving to fulfill our purpose.  Achieving goals in life and in business would be difficult without self-discipline and persistence.

What is self-discipline?  Think of it this way.  You have chores to do around the house.  Your parents promise to pay you $20 a month if you do all the chores they ask you to do.  In the middle of washing the dishes, you suddenly wish you were lying on the couch watching television.  You are tempted to stop but think about all the things you can buy with that money so you stay the course.

This is a little simplified but you get the idea.  When you have a goal to achieve, there will be obstacles and distractions along the way.  No one can keep these things from coming, but you can learn to deal with them before they arrive.

Building self-discipline takes practice, especially with long-term goals.  It’s easy to forget about the success waiting for you when it seems far off.  Start by cutting a long-term goal into smaller, more manageable goals.

If you want to make a certain amount of sales by the end of the year, calculate how many that is per month – that is your monthly goal.  At the end of each month, cheerfully mark it off as done.  Now you are pumped to get on and meet your goal for the next month.  Before long, you are looking at the success of that long-term goal.

Persistence brings to mind the painting by Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Time.  Everything in the picture seems to become fluid and ooze over the landscape.  Sometimes, things seem to go on and on and on just like that.  Overcoming an obstacle also needs persistence.

A goal doesn’t cease to be when you are having trouble accomplishing it.  Actually it seems to loom larger.  Persistence is to keep trying new ways to solve the problem long after others have given up.  What keeps you going?  It’s the realization of the goal and the unwillingness to admit defeat for concrete reasons.  This is not a futile goal, but the rational man’s attempts to complete his task.  Even if there are no more options, you won’t quit – just change direction.

For a business owner, the time between business start-up and establishing a clientele can be long.  No one expects to achieve success overnight, but after a long day you wonder if the goal is worth the agony.  Self-discipline and persistence are there to give a sober answer to that question.  And, you continue on for another day.

Goals require work to be attained.  If it were easy there would be no character-building benefit.  Self-discipline keeps you on the path towards the goal, and persistence ensures that you will do everything in your power to reach it.

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