Go for Goals in the New Year

December 29, 2011

The New Year is a perfect time to reflect on your 2011 performance and create your 2012 goals.

Dale Carnegie once said, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”  If you are contemplating any major changes this year, perhaps a job change or going back to school, take charge by researching whichever tasks are necessary to attain your goals and then set them.

Statistics show that people who write their goals have over an 80% higher success rate than those who do not document them.  There are many benefits to documenting your goals because the activity:

1. Forces you to clearly define your goals in terms of measurement and timing.

2. Clears mental space so that you can spend less time fretting about where you’ve failed in the past and instead, focus on what you will accomplish in the future.

3. Stimulates creativity, motivation and hope for what is possible.

If you have never written out your goals, don’t fret as you’re in ‘bad company.’  Statistics show that only 2% of Americans actually document their goals.  Good news- there are many technological tools available to help you create, track and measure your goals.

Technology enables us to hold ourselves accountable to our goals because it makes it easy to define, review, share and track our goals on a daily basis. The more accessible and visible our goals are, the greater the likelihood you will actually attain them.

For example, Goal Happy is a free goal-setting application that helps give you the motivation required to achieve your goals, and allows both you and others to track your progress.

Some of the benefits of the Goal Happy application include:

  • Categorizing your over-arching goals into smaller, attainable goals.  For example, if you want to lose weight, you can define and track specific and measurable daily, weekly or monthly goals.
  • Sharing certain goals and your progress with friends and family for motivational and supportive reasons.
  • Maintaining the motivation required to attain your goals
  • Viewing detailed reports and graphs of your progress
  • Experiencing how small consistent actions build extraordinary results
  • Sending updates of your progess to Facebook for additional support from your friends
  • Accessing anywhere from your PC, iPhone, Android or any other internet enabled mobile phone.
  • Kicking your New Year’s resolutions into high gear and developing positive life changing habits
  • Saving money because Goal Happy is free to use
  • Creating happiness and success every time you achieve a goal
  • Inspiring others to create and achieve their own goals

Often times, a lack of self-confidence and communication skills can inhibit goal attainment, both of which are taught in the Dale Carnegie Course for Effective Communications & Human Relations/Skills For Success

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