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Welcome - the purpose of the blog page is to provide you with a never ending source of valuable, practical and entertaining information designed to help you get the best performance from yourself and others.

In these blogs you will find all the information you need to make faster progress in less time and effort. Here you will find all the information you need to achieve your goals. In addition to helping yourself to achieve your goals, you can use the same information to help others to achieve their goals.

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Goal Setting Skills Blogs

Goal setting has ten steps:

  1. Write out the goal in the form of a broad statement of positive intent.
  2. Name the deadline by which time the goal needs to be achieved.
  3. Specify the goal using words to define any vague terms.
  4. Specify the goal using a visual image.
  5. Specify the goal using numbers and objective measures.
  6. Name the key point indicators that will be used to track progress.
  7. Name the skills knowledge and information necessary to achieve the goal.
  8. Name the material resources necessary to achieve the goal.
  9. Gain confirmation from the team, that the original deadline estimate is reasonable.
  10. Taking all the information so far gathered, write a full, detailed plan of action and immediately go to work.

Your organisation and everyone in it, should be focused upon achieving goals. Goal achievement is the reason for a team’s existence. A team is a group of people who work together to achieve a shared goal. Therefore, goal setting is one of the most important things you can do, because, the first step to achieving a goal is to set it.

Goal Setting Skills Blogs

How to Set Specific Goals

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Every successful person sets goals, in aspects of their life they want to succeed in. Once a goal is set, the necessary plans need to be put in place, in order to achieve it. Make the most of your life by setting up specific goals and plans.

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How to Set Goals

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Goals are essential to success, since success means the achievement of a goal. But the first step to achieving a goal, is to actually set one in the first place! Find out how to set achievable goals with our goal-setting formula.

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Goals Need Deadlines

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Beat procrastination by setting yourself a goal. Make sure, however, that the goal is clear and reasonable, as well as being optimistic.

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Achievable Goals

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You are defined by your goals and your goals define you. To realise your goals, you need to ensure that they are both achievable as well as realistic. Do you know the difference between achievable and realistic goals?

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Goal Setting Questions

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What are your goals, and what are you doing to focus your efforts on achieving these goals?

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What are your Goals for the New Year?

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Why not set out to make this your best year ever?#goals #NewYear

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How to Achieve your Personal Goals

1 September 2014

Personal goal setting We all have different ideas of what constitutes success, don't we? For one person success might mean lots of money in the bank; and for another person success might mean being famous, and for you it might mean the achievement of your current project. But we all want

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Professional Development: Setting Goals

26 December 2012

How to set goals Here is the all-important question: Are you a goal focused individual or are you more often a drifter? Some people are drifters. You may even have a drifter working in your organisation. You might even know him personally. You can always recognise the drifter: In the mornings

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Goal Setting - is There a Difference Between a Goal and a Wish?

17 December 2012

Goal setting: Is there a difference between a goal and a wish? This philosophy is concerned with you achieving your goals. But we need to be clear about something: Is there are difference between a "goal" and a "wish"? Answer: Yes What is the difference between a goal and a wish

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Smart Goals

26 October 2012

SMART goals If you want to be successful then you must achieve your goals. If you want to be happy then you must achieve your goals. "Success" can be defined as "the achievement of a worthwhile goal". "Happiness" can be defined as: "a positive emotional state that you feel when you

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Goal Setting - your Goals Could Make you Rich

1 October 2012

Your goals could make you rich Question: "Why is it that some people are more successful than others?" Why is it that, from a class of 30 school children, who were born and raised in the same town, in the same year, in similar circumstances, that a small minority (about two

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