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Setting SMART goals: The 5 biggest mistakes you can make

To be successful, you need to set goals with a clear outcome in mind and create a plan to ensure you achieve them. Otherwise, your business will lack focus and direction. SMART is an acronym that brings structure to the goal setting process. Writing SMART goals gives you clarity, guides your actions, ensures you can measure your progress, helps you fine-tune your strategy, and improves your chances of success. Here, Felicia Sullivan shares an overview of the SMART goal setting technique and...
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The 2-day goal setting process that will make 2019 your best year yet

While many business leaders prefer to set aside time towards the end of the year to plan for the next, it's not too late to put together your annual plan for 2019. What's important isn't when you do your planning; it's how you do it that matters, says business coach Bruce Eckfeldt. It's important to remember that annual strategic planning is a decision making process that's less about setting numerical targets and more about "making tough but important choices," says Eckfeldt. Her...
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17 smart tips on setting goals to get more done

The key to filtering out distractions and focusing your attention and effort on what's important is having clearly defined goals and prioritizing the tasks that will help you achieve them. Knowing which tasks and activities are going to have the most impact on your life and business helps you move forward in a meaningful way, says productivity and time management coach Carl Pullein. Here, he shares his top tips for making the transition from being task-focused to outcome-focused to boost your pr...
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How to achieve your most ambitious goals


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5 alternatives to try when traditional goal-setting methods don’t work

There are a number of highly recommended methods for setting clear and reachable goals. The most common advice suggests setting SMART goals. That is, according to the most widely used version of the acronym, goals that are specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and timely. Or perhaps you've tried beginning with the end in mind or you've focused on changing your habits? Maybe you started the year by setting yearlong goals or resolutions that aimed to fix a problem? If you...
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This simple mental diagram can help you discover your ultimate goal in life

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when you seem to have too many goals—and having conflicting or competing goal undermines your ability to achieve any of them. If you feel like you're being pulled in all directions, you need to take time to reflect on what matters most to you and prioritize your goals. Here Ruth Umoh shares University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Angela Duckworth's technique for establishing your priorities, identifying your top-level goal and making the right decisions to e...
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Why you should start some goals in the middle

If you struggle with setting goals and find it even more difficult to achieve them, the problem may not be lack of motivation or willpower. The classic method of setting a  goal with the end result in mind, then working backwards to break it down into actionable steps doesn't work for every kind of goal, says author and entrepreneur Scott Young. While they still require planning, commitment and effort, some goals aren't sequential and it's better not to set the concrete results you wan...
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Achieve your goals: Research reveals a simple trick that doubles your chances for success

It's less than two months since many of us made our New Year resolutions. And if you're one of the many people whose goals have already fallen by the wayside, you may be wondering where your motivation has gone. It takes dedication and commitment to accomplish goals, and relying on willpower and motivation alone isn't enough to keep you on track. Here, James Clear reveals how researchers discovered the "one thing" that makes it more likely for you to stick to your goals, why motivation isn't the...
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Stuck? We've got 50 secrets motivated people use to get things done.

 We all lose momentum sometimes no matter how worthy our goals. When you're making plans and setting goals, you feel a sense of optimism for your success. Once you start putting them into action however, your enthusiasm and energy can taper off making it harder for you to stay on target. And the harder it gets, the more likely you'll start heading towards a downward spiral of demotivation. To help you avoid the slump, Nina Zipkin shares here some top tips for kickstarting your motivation an...
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