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Goal Setting for the New Year: Focus

This is the third post in our series about goal setting success for your New Year’s resolutions. Its also tied in to our Tuesday Ten Minute Toss Challenge. Double dip!

Our second tip was about visualizing success. The road to achieving your goals can be a long journey, especially if you have big goals. In Goal Setting Success for the New Year: Visualize we suggested visualizing your success. Today, we’re sharing tips on how to narrow down your list of goals and focus on specific ones that will make the biggest difference to your work or life right now.

Tip #3 Focus – Its great to keep a Master Goal List so that you don’t forget all of your ideas and things you’d like to accomplish someday, but pick one or two to work on at a time.  Think about shorter-term goals.  For many people, making a resolution for the whole year is too difficult.  Focus on re-wording your goal so that you can accomplish (and celebrate) it in parts, if needed.

Time for the Tuesday Ten Minute Toss Challenge!  RIGHT NOW spend ten minutes tossing lofty,  or outdated goals off your resolution list.  Also take this opportunity to cull your list of “other people’s goals” or “shoulds”. Bring that list down to  goals that are important to you right now, that you really WANT to accomplish (for you, not for anyone else), and that you look forward to spending your energy on this year. Ten minutes is enough time to remove goals from last year that you already accomplished, or that you’ve decided not to pursue,  or take off any goals you don’t think about often or that aren’t relevant.  Focus on just a few goals or make short term goals to be more successful this year.

Take our challenge now and tell us how it went! If you have ideas for a Tuesday Ten Minute Toss Challenge, please let us know! In the meantime, check back weekly for a new challenge and make sure to join in the fun. We look forward to hearing about how you do with the challenges.

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