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Use Visualization to Reach Your Goals

You already have the most powerful tool available to reach your goals: your mind. Your thoughts, imagination, attitudes, and drive are all there ready to be used to make your goals a reality.

Visualization is such an empowering technique and one we use all the time without realizing it. You visualize when you’re

  • planning a vacation
  • redecorating your house,
  • planning family get-togethers
  • working out your grocery list
  • deciding what to wear or have for lunch.

All of these activities depend on having a vision or an idea of where you want to be, look, feel, or how you want your life to be.

Make this process conscious and use it as a planning tool or a motivating exercise. You can make your visualization a formal part of your goal-setting process.

How to do it

  1. Find a quiet space, where you won’t be interrupted. Make sure you have writing materials and paper or a notebook.
  2. Close your eyes and think of your goal. Place it right in the center of your mind.
  3. Take three slow deep...
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Rewards and Behavior-Based Goals

Even when you are focusing on behavior-based goals, you want to start out by creating a goal that is more of a “big picture” – the end-of-the-rainbow scenario. One creative way to do this is to visualize what it is you want or need to come up with a picture that represents to you the outcome. Practice bringing up this picture in your mind, and get all of your senses involved. What types of sensory effects does this picture create for you? The more you can involve your entire brain in the process, the more realistic the big-picture goal will be.

When you’ve solidified your end goal, turn your attention to what types of actions you’ll need to take in order to secure that goal in your future. What kinds of skills and habits will you need to form, or build, and of these, which seem inherently more difficult to you, being the unique person that you are?

One of the scientifically proven ways to increase your success in achieving your goals is by giving...

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Why Writing Down Your Goals is So Important

You might not realize how important it is to write down your goals. Every year most people make a whole list of resolutions and then do little or nothing to keep them. How many people do you know who wish they could lose 20 pounds, or get a promotion, go on a round-the-world trip, or change careers? How many people do you know who stay stuck in their comfortable rut because they don’t have a plan to get out?

Achieving your goals is not down to innate talent or luck or being a better person. It comes down to planning and hard work. And the key to success is writing it all down.

A ten-year Harvard study on goal-setting showed that writing down your goals is critical. The study asked students if they had set clear, written goals and specific plans for their futures.

  • 84% of those students had no goals at all
  • 13% had goals but hadn’t written them down
  • 3% of the student group had written goals.

The study interviewed the students again after ten years. The 13 percent of the...

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Tips for Organizing your Office for Productivity

If you’re like most people, you need a clear, organized space to optimize your productivity. You need to be able to see what needs to be done and to give a project update without shuffling through piles of papers. To do this, you need to organize your space as efficiently as possible. Time for an office makeover! Here are five steps to re-organizing your office to put you back in control.

  1. Purge, purge, purge
    Take a good hard look at your desk, filing cabinets, credenza, and drawers. Chances are you will find duplicate and out-of-date documents. You need to get rid of all the unnecessary stuff taking up your working space. If you haven’t looked at it or used it in the last six months, get rid of it. Or if you or your organization might need it again later, archive it.
  2. Rearrange your furniture
    Have a look at your current office layout and see if it’s working for you. Is it set up so you can easily deal with:
    • Incoming files and papers
    • Working documents...
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What is Behavior-Based Goal Setting?

When we think of goal setting, we usually think of goals that envision a specific outcome. Some examples include:

  • Lose 20 pounds.
  • Increase income by 10%.
  • Buy a larger house/newer vehicle.
  • Run a marathon.
  • Save money for college

Of course, these are just a few of the more common goals that people set for themselves. But what if we based our goals on changing behaviors instead of obtaining a specific outcome? Could we modify or completely change behaviors that would lead us to the desired outcome quicker, healthier, and with less stress? Some experts certainly think so.

Many times, when we set goals, we focus on the negative, i.e. what we don’t want rather than what we do want. Behavior-based goals focus more on the behaviors we want to strengthen rather than the negative actions we want to remove. In strengthening the positive behaviors, we change the way we act and react in many situations – not just situations surrounding a goal that is outcome-based. The ripple effect...

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How Self-Reflection Makes You Happier

Every once in awhile, we all need to take the time to reevaluate our lives through self-reflection. Maybe you aren’t as happy as you used to be or feel like you are stuck somehow.

When was the last time you sat down and reflected on things—your relationships, your career path, and your happiness and well-being?

If we wish to live exceptional lives, we’ve got to get clear on who we want to be, what we want in different areas of our lives, and how we want to live our lives overall.

If you’re not getting clear on what you most want, your life experience will be a hodgepodge of random people and experiences- some good, some not so good, some just kind of “blah.”

But that’s not why you’re here, is it? You’re not here to live a so-so, humdrum kind of life. You aren’t here in this body, at this time, on this planet to merely go through the motions of life and to be at the mercy of the people and situations around you. Taking time...

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Science Proves Gratitude Makes Us Happy

For most, gratitude is a pure outright thank you. For others a half-hearted thank you text or card may seal the deal. But in psychology, it's is not just an offhand action. Gratitude is a positive emotion that goes a long way in contributing to happiness. The recognition entails more than feeling thankful for an act of kindness or condition because it consists of a deeper appreciation for someone or something. It affirms the graciousness of the giver. When we focus more on the many blessings in our lives, we are more contented, cheerful and generous. The feeling goes both ways. The giver derives immense joy from the act, and the receiver appreciates the kindness.

In a fast-paced world like ours, it is not unusual for daily blessings to go unnoticed. We often overlook the little acts of kindness we experience every day. Small acts of kindness shown daily culminate into a happier life. Whether receiving or giving gratitude, scientific studies prove that the result is immense...

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Simple Habits for Staying Organized

Getting organized is one thing, staying organized is another challenge altogether. If you want to stay in control of your life, you need to form a few simple habits to change the way you think about your ‘stuff.’

Here are seven easy ways to stay organized.

  1. Make the bed
    Making your bed every day is a small but easily overlooked task that will make you feel instantly more organized and your bedroom look neat. Whatever else happens in your day, at least you’ve made your bed.
  2. Clean up the kitchen and straighten the house
    Do the dishes, clean up the kitchen and do a quick tidy of the living areas of your home each evening, and you will finish the day with the right mindset for keeping the rest of your life organized.
  3. Stay on task
    Finish one task before you start the next one. Multitasking is overrated and wastes your energy. By trying to do too much at once, you risk getting exhausted and never actually finishing anything. Focusing on one thing at a time will keep you...
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5 Steps for Taking Control of Your Fear (So You Can Take Action)

Being afraid of change and new beginnings are perfectly normal. No matter how much you want to switch careers, move to a new city, or start a new relationship, something holds you back. It's your fear that keeps you from enjoying life to the fullest and making your dreams come true.

Remember, you have full control over your emotions. It's in your power to conquer fear and make things happen. Here are five steps you can take today to gain confidence and achieve the success you deserve:

Analyze Your Fears

What are you scared of moving forward? Is it that you might fail, the financial insecurity, or criticism? Define the risks you're so afraid of and write everything down. Be realistic and have the facts straight before taking the next step. It's in our nature to exacerbate risks and their consequences.

Imagine the Worst-Case Scenario

What's the worst thing that could happen if you fail? Would you lose your home, your job, or your friends? Sometimes, all you need to do to kick fear to...

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Why is it so important to set and review goals?

When you don't get clarity around where you've been and where you want to go, you can get stuck in the same place and old routine.

YOU NEED:

  • To spend time dreaming up your vision
  • To let go of all the old past stuff and be grateful for it so you can move onwards
  • Support systems to help you make it happen
  • Delicious, probing questions to help you get to the soul of what it is you need
  • To review your goals regularly so you can take ACTION and bring them into the world!

A GOAL WITHOUT A PLAN IS JUST A WISH!

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