June 16, 2011
Are you motivated? Do you have life goals? Have you set business goals? Or possibly your dog, Chewy got a hold of the goal sheet you haphazardly hid under your office desk? Either way, it’s never too late. Start today – set and attain your business goals.
The Common Denominator of Success
It’s easy to lose focus. We are all guilty of putting the ‘urgent’ before the ‘important’ or procrastinating to the very last minute. For some entrepreneurs, tomorrow is indeed the busiest day of the year.
Successful people have one thing in common – their ability to set, activate and complete goals. No matter where you’re at, today is the perfect time to check one more goal off your list, get started on some new ones or think about what you’d like to accomplish in life and business.
“Goal setting is used by top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life,” according to Mindtools.com.
“By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.”
Start Tracking Goals and Managing Deadlines
By definition, a goal is a desired result you envision, plan and commit to achieve— a desired end-point. The driving force behind goal setting is motivation.
According to Psychology Today, “Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It’s the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It’s the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be.”
But once you’ve set deadlines, tracking your goals is often easier said than done. However, thanks to user-friendly online tools, it’s easier than ever to get and stay motivated. Here are a few of our favorite online tools to help keep your goals at the forefront of your daily life and start becoming who you were destined to be.
Five Goal Setting Tools for Entrepreneurs
Dreaminder – Imagine if you could send an electronic message in a bottle to your future self? Dreaminder is a free tool that helps you to do just that. Start remembering what you want from your life and business. Reflect on your life, write down your dream and set the date when you want to be reminded of it.
43 Things – Do you need an extra push? Changing your life is hard. Doing it by yourself is harder. 43 Things lets you join over 3 million people who list their goals, share their progress, and cheer each other on.
Wishbomb – Are you ready to actually double your chances of successfully completing your goals. Wishbomb.com lets you enter a personal goal in your goal list, invite friends and family to become your supporters and publish a wishblog to keep everyone up to date on how you’re doing.
My Strategic Plan – Are you a goal setting over achiever? Take your plans to the next level with a strategic plan. Like all epic road trips, a well thought-out route saves energy and has you arriving at your destination on time. How you get there is part of the part of the fun. Mystrategicplan.com helps you create your strategy and keeping it moving in the right direction.
Joe’s Goals – Take a no frills approach to tracking and achieving your goals. Joe’s Goals boasts ease of use with a single page interface to setup daily goals and track them with just a click. Watch your daily score to gage your success and use negative goals (or vices) to confront and overcome bad habits that finally need to get the boot.
Did we miss one of your favorite goal setting tools? If so, let us know in the comments section below.
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