I interrupt my semi-scheduled down time to share a HUGE CHEER!!!
I had so much fun with the WRA New Design Launch Contest and was proud to award the fantastic winners entries with Amazon Certificates I knew would be cherished. I never imagined how speedy karmic gratitude and generosity can be.
Today I discovered that my entry to the Writing.Com Dear Me: 2008 contest WON FIRST PLACE!!! The award? A $100 Amazon Gift Certificate.
I’m so excited! There are a multitude of books about writing and freelancing on my Amazon wish list and I’ll finally be able to splurge a little on myself.
LEVERAGE: MUST DO NOW
I have to admit, I didn’t enter the contest with any hope of winning. I simply thought it was a fantastic opportunity to nail down my career goal for 2008. I’ve learnt it is vital to gain leverage on yourself when setting goals. To truly commit you have to dig for the reasons that this goal is a MUST DO NOW kind of goal. Why is it important to commit to this goal, to make it a success, right at this moment.
ACHIEVABLE AND MEASURABLE
When setting a goal it must be one that is realistic. Something that CAN be accomplished and that you truly believe you can accomplish. Deciding you’re going to become a millionaire when you’re flat broke with no income prospects is unrealistic UNLESS you’ve devised a solid plan of action. If you’ve put together the steps and truly believe you can accomplish that goal, AND have a way to measure your success and alter your coarse to suit it as you go, then you really CAN blow everyone out of the water with what might originally seem unrealistic goals.
DEFINE THE STEPS
Those steps are the true key. Break down your goal into small stepping stones to success. Define each of those smaller goals and gain leverage on them. Discuss why these goals are important both on their own and for the greater scheme of your primary goal. Make sure each of these smaller steps are achievable and measurable too and if you need to, break them into even smaller goals until they are bit-sized chunks that can become routine.
This is the key to successful goal setting and I guess someone in the powers that be at Writing.Com agree because those are the elements of my Dear Me: 2008 entry!
Stay tuned for another fantastic guest blog from Amy Mullis later today!