I just wanted to share one of the most helpful things I've learned about success and self improvement:
Learn to *how* to set well defined goals.
A lot of people will sit down this time of year and come up with goals such as:
"I will lose weight"
"I will start my own business"
"I will get a girlfriend/boyfriend"
These are all great things to have in the new year, but if these are your goals, you have already set yourself up for failure. You need to learn how to set goals that turn in to results.
Here are 2 things that I consider when setting any goal:
1. Make sure there are well defined steps that can be taken
The number one thing that prevents most people from succeeding at their goals is that they set goals that don't involve well defined steps that they themselves can take.
If your goal can't be broken down in to actions that you can take, come up with a new goal. Take the old goal and break it down as far as you can, then stop.
2. Know how you will know when your goal is completed
With every goal ask your self, "How will I know when my goal is completed". For example, if your goal is "to start a business", you might answer the question like this, "I will know when my goal is completed when I have at least 3 well researched websites live and SEOed".
Notice how I didn't say , "...when I am making $5000 a month in profit". Even if this is what I really want, when setting a well defined goal it is important to confine it to actions that *you* can take. Making profit depends on the actions of others.
The trick is to define your goal so well that if you follow the step you have laid out for yourself you will be likely to see the kind of profit you want. But, the profit itself is not the goal.
I hope this helps all of you who are setting goals for the new year. Do any of you have some more tips for goal setting?