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Goal Setting: A Key Step For Opening A Path To Unlimited Success

Goal setting is the starting point for charting your path to Destination Success. Later on in your journey you will understand that goal setting also is a fundamental building block in the strategic business planning process.

 

Because you will have to put a lot of yourself into earning your future success, you should want to like yourself and what you are doing when you arrive at your destination. So, first make sure that your very hard work will get you where you want to be – and that you will enjoy yourself along the way. Realistic goal setting will help you get to where you really would like to be.

You first need to reflect a bit about yourself and what you want. In one of my manager training sessions I point out that the world's best managers treat each of their assignees as a unique individual. That is because each person indeed is different. To better understand this, and to better prepare yourself to set your own goals, you should find out more about yourself. You can take a free self-assessment by clicking here.

Given what you have now learned, you next should reflect upon what may be possible for you. As a quick start I recommend you read Patricia Fripp's Get What You Want! Patricia draws upon her own successes to give you no-nonsense, practical guidelines for defining and achieving your own success.

You can follow this up with master classic goal setting guidelines from Zig Ziglar in his Goals: Setting and Achieving Them. In this book he presents a dynamic seven-step formula for clearly defining your immediate and long term goals -- and then realizing them. His step by step program is filled with inspiring stories from sports, business and science.

You can supplement the above with Zig Ziglar's Success and the Self-Image audio tapes which cover how to overcome a negative self-image -- your major hurdle in opening yourself to setting goals that will go well beyond your present expectations.

Finally, for those who might be interested in the latest scientific thinking about achieving goals, nuclear physicist Phil Gosling in his book Success Engineering builds a compelling argument that the traditional approaches are dead wrong. Over a 14 year period he has documented proven formula for achieving what you want for yourself. Click here to find out more about Phil's book.

I wish I had had Phil's book several years ago. In 1997 I looked at various alternative future business opportunities for myself. They ranged from starting my own business (lots of risk), buying (including franchising) someone else’s business, or becoming a consultant (often used to find another job). 

Ultimately I chose the franchise route. I knew that would mean learning (and strictly following) someone else’s established business process. Over time I came to realize that monetary success was not as important to me as the freedom to implement my own ideas – and see them grow into some “new” reality. That had been the common ingredient of all my past successes. Had I realized that then, I would have arrived at where I am today several years sooner.

The key is to see yourself as successful. Take a thorough look at the elements of your past successes and "see" them in the person you are as that success. The more elements that are present the greater will be your potential for success.

Regards,

Richard Dowell
President, Best Managers on the Net®

We are a business consulting, training and development company dedicated to helping good managers and their companies prosper by reaching for the top.

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PRE-LEARNING INVENTORY -- GOAL SETTING FOR MANAGERS
INTRODUCTION

This pre-test is divided into three sections: "Self Assessment," "What You Know," and "What You Do." Please complete all three sections completely and honestly. By doing so, you will gain valuable insight into where you stand in terms of Communicating Change and establish a baseline against which your on-going skill improvement can be measured. Please enter your answers in the appropriate spaces.

SECTION I -- SELF-ASSESSMENT
How would you rate your skills and knowledge in setting and achieving Job Goals?
A) Weak
B) Fair
C) Good
D) Excellent


SECTION II -- WHAT YOU KNOW

1. Purpose is derived from Key Result Areas.
A) True
B) False
2. Managers should spend at least 20% of their time in their Key Results areas.
A) True
B) False
3. When writing job goals, they need to be clear and specific, achievable and measurable.
A) True
B) False
4. Setting a job goal is a personal matter and does not need a lot of data gathering.
A) True
B) False
5. A manager should never tell an employee that the employee's goals are too high.
A) True
B) False


SECTION III -- WHAT YOU DO

How often do the following situations happen to you?

1. When a situation arises, I look at it in terms of how it affects my key result areas.
A) All the time
B) Most of the time
C) Occasionally
D) Never
2. My own goals are measurable.
A) All the time
B) Most of the time
C) Occasionally
D) Never
3. My employees know how their performance will be measured.
A) All the time
B) Most of the time
C) Occasionally
D) Never
4. I provide feedback to employees on their progress towards goals.
A) All the time
B) Most of the time
C) Occasionally
D) Never

Test results automatically calculated in actual series.

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