January 2013

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Goal Achieving in 2013
The Driving Force of Personal Goals

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Happy New Year! This edition of Pathways to Success focuses on Goal Achievement, a timely topic as we all start 2013 with New Year's Resolutions and a goal to make ourselves better in the new year.

Please forward this email to colleagues and friends if you found them valuable; and I look forward to connecting with all of you in this coming year.

Steve Terusaki, President of SEIDO ConsultingSteve Terusaki
SEIDŌ Consulting
Goal Achieving in 2013
"Until you commit your goals to paper, you have intentions that are seeds without soil."
- Anonymous

January is a great time to reflect on the above quote. We're back from the holidays with a renewed vigor to pursue changes that we'd like to see in 2013. Is it to lose some weight; to be healthier by watching our diet and making sure we exercise regularly; to be more focused at work; to increase our financial returns; or to work on relationships with those who are important to you?

It's very easy to set a new goal as evidenced by all the New Year's Resolutions that get made at this time of year. Writing down the resolution/goal means that we've at least begun the first step toward committing ourselves to goal attainment. However come January 31st, will you still be committed to your goals as you were on January 1st? How about on June 30th? If not, I would suggest that you need to address the process of goal attainment; and not just goal setting.
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The Driving Force of Personal Goals
Unfortunately, many people go through life without ever identifying what they want, where they want to go, or who they want to become. They wonder why they feel frustrated, never achieving anything significant. What they should realize is that the difficulty is in finding something you've never visualized, or returning from somewhere you've never been. People who have no goals, have no direction, and are almost always very busy, but rarely achieve what they want to achieve.

Now is the perfect time of the year to stop and evaluate what you have accomplished, and what accomplishments 2013 will bring. People who experience high levels of achievement and success have clearly defined personal and professional goals with specific action steps and benchmarks. As goals are achieved, confidence and knowledge heightens and expands; therefore, even higher goals become realistic. While there is no guarantee that you will achieve your goals within the given time frames, establishing them helps to ensure you will. The more passionate you are about achieving your goals, the less you will worry about possible problems, details, and day-to-day challenges. Having clearly defined goals allows you to have a sense of control over your action, your life, and your organization.
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