4 Step Action Plan for Setting and Achieving your Goal

goals settingSimple Investing Summary: your goals set you apart from the crowd.  Goal setting could be difficult at first but once you start down that path you won’t stop.  Trust me!

“an idea is just a DREAM until you write it down…THEN it’s a goal”.

I had an idea of simplifying investing. I started this blog to channel my thoughts and ideas into written word to solidify my goals. If you benefit from this, even better. I’m looking forward to hearing what your goals are and what you are doing to accomplish them. Best wishes in your quest for prosperity. You will be successful,  putting pen-to-paper and writing it gets you started.

Your Dream + Action Steps + Target Dates = GOAL

Action plan for setting and achieving your goals:

  1. Challenge yourself – why do I want it? Define the desire or challenge you are facing
  2. Goal – What do I want? Write down the goal you want to achieve. Use positive “I will” statements
  3. Action Steps – How will I get there? List specific action steps that once completed will move you closer to your goal.
  4. Target Date – When do I want it? The completion date to reach your goal.

Let’s work with an example for setting goals and steps to take to achieve it. My challenge is that I don’t write and articulate myself well. Writing is hard for large sample of the population and I belong in the sampling. My goal is 1) I will write, 2) I will write better and improve every day and 3) I will get to a level where words start to follow without having to think too much while writing. My action steps are 1) write 500 words document every day for a month, 2) read other people writing style and adopt as much as possible, 3) build vocabulary of 3 new words everyday for a month and 4) post on a blog once a week. My target date for this goal will be the end of April 2014.

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.Anonymous

I’ll monitor myself through this exercise and make adjustments as required to attain my goals. Be flexible, set your goals and follow-through. I know I will do it and so can you.

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