How Are You Sure You’ll Succeed In 2014? [GOALS]

Goa setting success 2014!

It has become a ceremony that many must perform at the start of every year. Even when they nothing has come out of their previous years’ ritual they will gladly perform some more with the hope that this year would be different!

Of course, I’m sure you already know what I’m talking about here. But in case you still cannot figure it out, I’m talking about New Year resolutions and goal setting!

Do I mean making New Year resolutions and setting goals for the New Year is a wrong thing to do?

No, and a thousand NOOOOOOOOO!

However, as you can testify (because I’m sure you have personal experiences) the excitement that moved you to make that resolution or set those goals in the first place, most times rarely last 3 months!

It is true that many hardly remember what their resolutions and goals for the New Year are after the first couple of months. They simply make these resolutions and set their goals but then they continue with every other thing they have always done.

Can I hear you already saying, that’s insanity?

Yes, and that’s exactly what someone actually called it. If you continue to do the same thing and expect new results, that’s the sign of insanity!

So, may I inform you today that if you want to be sure of success this year 2014, forget about simply setting goals and making New Year resolutions. Take practical steps to ensure that you succeed.

If you have not taken a good look at your business activities in the past year, this is the time to do so. No, it’s not too late, do it now! I did mine in December and I took the Christmas holidays to work on putting in place some very pertinent changes that you can see on this blog right now. I just wrote about that here. And, I intend to follow the path I have set out for the year.

How Can You Make 2014 Different and Guarantee Your Success?

In setting your goals and making 2014 the best year in your business, I want to give you the following 3 action steps:

1. Be Specific

You’ve heard it said, set SMART goals, right? Now look at the goals you have set for the year, are they really specific? Read most of the blogs that have posts on the blogger’s goals for this year. Can’t you see that something is wrong?

Look carefully and you discover that most of what is being referred to as goals in these blog posts are nothing but “to-do-list” for the year! There should actually be a goal(s) which these “to-do-list”, rightly called objectives, are targeted at achieving.

So, if you want to guarantee your success in year 2014, be specific about your GOAL!

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Work SMART: Set Goals!

2. Be Methodical

Now, setting that goal is not enough if you want to truly achieve your aim. The next step is putting in place a methodology for bringing that goal to fruition. You must be methodical. Plan out your strategy. Take a look at what you have being doing and note what you will need to change and what you must retain.

This will require work but don’t shy away from it. Take the time to carefully layout your strategy for the year.

From experience this is actually the bane of many online business entrepreneurs. Many do not take the time to do this. After setting what they call goals for the year, they simply continue with their work somehow hoping that things will fall in place.

But that is a fallacy! Things will not work unless you work on them!

3. Be Consistent

This is where many fall off.

In fact, it does appear that our human nature has a way of playing pranks with us here. When we set out to work on something the tendency is to always be on the lookout for results but once this refuses to come when and at the time we expected them, we quickly loss interest.

And, this has caused many a heartache!

If you must see results from your New Year resolutions or goals in 2014 you must consistently push on with your strategies. Be consistent with your methods. Of course, you need to evaluate them along the line but never make the mistake of switching from one method to another just because you saw someone else using something else.

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Do not allow obstacles and the troubles of life stop you from achieving your goal for the year. You have all that it takes to overcome that obstacle.

Remember, there’s nothing that you’re facing right now or will face that others have not faced. The Good News? Whatever obstacle that comes your way, you have all it takes to overcome it!

So, keep on keeping on and success will be yours!

It doesn’t matter what market you are serving. It does matter the competition you are up against. If you decide this year to really be specific about what you want to achieve, if you will be methodical in working it out and if you will stay your course and be consistent no matter the challenges, 2014 will be the best year you ever had!

I look forward to saying “Congratulations” to you at the end of 2014!

Let’s continue this discussion in the comments section below.

FREE Web Hosting Giveaway: Announcing the Winners!

Happy New Year to you all.

I hope you had a wonderful time enjoying your holidays! From all indication 2013 is a year of great prospects and having had time to relax and reflect on your business activities, I’m sure you are coming back refreshed, and prepared to claim your success!

As you would remember, as a Christmas gift to all our esteemed readers, I partnered with Zyma Technologies to run a web hosting giveaway in the month of December 2012.

Announcing the contest, I mentioned that to ensure the whole of 2013 hosted for you free by Zyma Technologies, the contest would run till December 31, 2012 while the winners will be announced today, January 2, 2013!

And so, to keep up with our promise and to kick off 2013 with a bang, I’m happy to announce the winners of the FREE webhosting giveaway contest.

Thank You For Your Entries!

First, I must appreciate all who entered for the giveaway. I truly wish you could get a prize for just being a part of the fun. But as you do know, there are only three available slots!

Nevertheless, as I always say, everyone is a winner! Hopefully we will be coming up with something very soon.

And Now the Winners!

There were all together 115 entries out of which the following had been picked as per the points received be each.

First Position: This goes to Sandeep Chaudhary with 15 entries and a total of 53 points!

Second Position: There was a tie for the second position. Nwangene Theodore and Srini Vas both had 20 points each and 6 entries each!

Third Position: This goes to Jessica Brown with 16 points from 5 entries!

And so, since there are only 3 slots available these will go to the following:

1st Slot: Sandeep Chaudhary

2nd Slot: Nwangene Theodore

3rd Slot: Srini Vas

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All winners will be contacted by email.

Congratulations to you all!

Released And Redirected? Now Stay Focused!

Focus is the secret key to your business success!

Today is the twelfth day of our 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration series which means it is the last day!

I must say it has been a journey that has touched my heart. I hope you have gained from it just as I have.

The journey has helped in reevaluating our business’s mission and purpose, it has helped us to jettison every unproductive activity and redirect our business operations. It has also touched on some areas of our personal lives. If for any reason you have not read any of the posts I sincerely plead with you to do so. Click here for the full list and read the ones you have not read.

Today’s post is about staying focused. Yes, we have touched this severally during this series but considering the fact that it is such an important issue when it comes to building a successful business, I want to round off the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration with it!

Are You Considering Changes In The New Year?

Someone has defined insanity as: doing the same thing and expecting a different result!

If that is indeed true is it then not enough to consider some changes in the New Year? Of course, we know that even when we say change is the only constant thing in life the fact still remains that we resent change like a plague! But the truth still stands that if you are going to make any meaningful impact in 2013, there must be changes.

Knowing what to focus on requires know what should change. And so here are two things you must do:

1. Look At Your Relationships

You cannot succeed alone. You need a team, just as someone said: “A dream is a compelling vision you see in your heart, that’s too big to accomplish without the help of others.”

Now, that is very true. You need people to work with however, you must understand that whoever these people are they must be identified and managed accordingly. They may be partners or patrons, clients or critics. Whatever they are, each needs to be handled differently.

As we have said before it is not about activities but productivity.  Whoever is in your team or whoever you chose to work with will determine if you are simply working some activity or producing results. And so, as the New Year approaches you may need to do what someone was reported to have done some time ago. The story has it that this particular man left a message on his answering machine which read:

“I’m not available right now. I’m making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I don’t return your call, you are one of the changes!”

That indeed is wisdom!

2. Keep Things Focused

There will always be a “to do” list but your concern should really be, which of these is helping me towards my dreams?

You have been working on that business for some time now and so you definitely know what has brought you good results in the past. Why not focus on those things? Every tactic or strategy out there is not for you. If it worked for someone who said it did, that doesn’t mean it will work for you. Stop seeking the latest opportunity. Be disciplined enough to say “no” when someone else wants to push you into doing what you know will not move your business forward.

Jim Collins, author of “Good to Great” wrote:

“Most of us lead busy but undisciplined lives. We have ever expanding ‘to do’ lists, trying to build momentum by doing, doing, doing. But it rarely works. Those who built the good to great companies made as much use of ‘stop doing’ lists as ‘to do’ lists. They displayed a remarkable discipline to unplug from all sorts of extraneous junk and channel their resources into only one or a few areas.”

And that indeed is another good wisdom for the new year!

Conclusion

If these 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration series will be of any help to you, you must put these two suggestions into use; building a successful business demands building the right relationships and doing the right things at the right time. You must work to rediscover why you are here which will help you decide who and who should be on your team – either as cheerleaders or mentors. Make your own rules and decide on what activities to focus on daily. You can indeed make 2013 truly awesome!

I love you and I wish you a prosperous 2013!

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