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Personal Development, Success

How To Be On Track To Achieve Success

September 6, 2009

Success is more than economic gains, titles, and degrees. It isn’t as difficult as you think to achieve. Because every single day we do have our little successes in the things we do. Hence, we should embrace the successes in our lives, even though they may be really small.

To be on track to achieve success, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic situation, professional qualifications and even ethnicity. Moreover, you also need to reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your strengths and weaknesses.

Ask yourself, “Who do you want to be?”

You need to know who you want to be in order to know what are the things you want to change about yourself in order to be closer to who you want to be. The things you need to change might be attitudes, habits, or points of view. They might not be changed overnight but the most important thing is that you recognise what needs to be changed and start working on it.

You also need to be clear of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that you have that will help you in attaining your vision. This is because there is a need for you to assess these knowledge, skills, and attitudes that you have at present to help you to make changes to your attitudes etc. or to help you plans the steps to achieve your success.

It is good to always plan your route to success with goals. Goal-setting is a very important aspect in determining your success. Calvin and I can attest to that. Goal setting keeps you focused. They need to be S.M.A.R.T. – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. You need to sit down and think about your goals and set them according to the S.M.A.R.T. qualities. With the S.M.A.R.T. goals, you can be sure that you are going to be on track in achieving the success you desire.

But before all that, you really need to take the big step of identifying who you want to be and then slowly think about how you are going to be the person whom you want to be.

All the best!

Goal Setting, Personal Development

Goal Setting For A More Purposeful Life

May 20, 2008

I chanced upon this article when I was searching for blog content and thought that it was a good article to really sum up how important goal setting is to guarantee not only success but also to make sure that your life has a direction which you move towards in. I have ‘italicized’ some of the main points for your easy browsing and those in parentheses are just some of my thoughts too! 😀 Enjoy.

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If you wanted to take a trip to somewhere and you haven’t gone to that particular place before, what is the one thing that you will probably be having ? Yes, that’s right. You will probably have a map in your hand to show you exactly how to get from where you are at to where you want to go. [You need to know your destination before you can search the map for where you want to go. Likewise, it is important for you to know the eventual outcome that you are looking for before you make plans and set your goals.] This sounds like common sense but for many people out there who have not been exposed to goal setting techniques and have no idea how to properly plan a goal, they might be just as well be walking around in a circle.

A personal goal setting process is a framework that provides you a step by step procedure from assessing where you are at right now and taking you from this current point in time to forming a plan which has tasks, timeline and milestones. It provides you a guiding line every step of the way so you can refer to it at any point on your journey to reach your goals. [How true! By setting your goals, you are developing the pit stops for your progress towards success. Moreover, if you incorporate rewards at each pit stop, you’d realise that working towards your goals is not as tedious as it seems!]

Some people who are not exposed to some of the goal setting techniques most probably think its a waste of time. To these people, a goal setting plan is nothing more then a to-do list. [OH GOSH! Have i been making my goal setting plan like a to-do list?? Haha.. seems so on my blog right? Rest assured, I have a detailed goal plan! However, sometimes, we always need perseverence to stick by them!] Moreover, they have the concept that their dreams will come true if they just have a thought in their minds. If only it was that simple. Without a plan, where would an individual know if he has been slipped on his schedule or where should he reallocate more time to readjust timelines for more difficult task.

[I think this paragraph really has summed up exactly how you will be if you don’t have your goals set!] If you want to reach a goal without a plan, you are akin to a ship in the middle of an ocean without an map or a compass. You are always trying to move in a certain direction, but you don’t know where you are and you don’t know if the direction you are moving will lead you to your destination.

With a well thought of plan, you can have the flexibility to make changes to any parts of the plan without affecting your entire journey to reach your goals. Some people may argue that having a plan restricts the individual in taking any opportunities that comes in the middle of their journey and reduces the spontaneity that comes with life. This is a false concept. [Oh yeah! Your goals set will actually make you more targeted and focused such that you will notice greater opportunities that might come your way to help you reach your outcomes sooner!] Having a good plan from a productive personal goal setting session not only contributes to you having more flexibility and freedom to cater for any unexpected surprises, you will also have less stress in thinking what your next step will be because you have taken the element of double guessing your actions out of the equation.

Time is precious [OH DEFINITELY.. It’s so precious that nothing can buy more time!] and we only have a limited amount of time on earth. Do you want to wander aimlessly or would you prefer to be laser focused on getting results and living the best life that you deserve to live. The choice is yours. [So have you made your choice? I hope so!]

Written By: Alvin Loh

General, Personal Development

Have You Got Your Vision Board Up?

February 3, 2008

I was watching my telly this evening and I managed to catch this chinese programme called 理财有方which shares insight about regular Singaporeans managing their finance and the ways in which they learn how to make their money grow for them.

It’s interesting because one of the interviewees was a full-time tutor and running a mini car rental service. She was earning good income from tutoring and has been using the money through investing (i think) to create a greater income. She was able to create an income that was much more than her 9-5 job and she is happy with what she is doing.

Well, I could really emphathise with her because tutoring is an occupation that I know of most clearly because I was a tutor after my Junior College days right through my first year in University. Though it is the only job that I have ever had, it’s one that was very fulfilling because you’re helping children in their studies and at the same time, it is a well-paid job.

I was able to earn like $1500 per month while studying and even had a very flexible schedule which allowed me to go shopping, study and have driving lessons regularly. So I always extrapolated that potential to if I were to do it full-time, and to me, it was good money. Which was why, when Calvin told me that Internet Marketing had the potential of creating an income much larger than that, I had my reservations of going into it.

“Why go into something I have no idea about when I’m earning good money in teaching?”

But after a year plus into IM, though difficult and tiring, I feel that my perspective of money and work has changed. I adopted concepts such as leveraging on other people’s expertise as well as, exploring new ideas and frontiers before others get there before me.

Back to the show. In the last few sections of the interview, she talked about how powerful having goals are. And in her room that they filmed, it had A4 sized pieces of paper stuck onto the wall showing her goals and strategies. I liked what she said that went something like that, “Sticking up and looking at all these papers serve as reminders to me every single day of what my goals are and what I have to do to achieve them. We forget our goals sometimes and it’s important for us to be exposed to them as much as possible so that during the day, no matter how busy we are, they are running at the back of our minds”.

How true.

I always forget what my goals are because they are either tucked away in a notebook or hidden in the folders on my laptop and PDA. Sometimes, I don’t even remember what are my action plans to achieving all that. Iit gets frustrating when some time later, someone (or actually Calvin) comes to me and says, “So what’s your progress like towards your goal?” and I have no idea how to reply him/her.

The host, Guo Liang noticed something interesting in her room. That was a picture of a house. A beautiful house and she shares that it’s a house that she wants to buy. She’s working towards her million in order to buy. It serves as yet another reminder.

What she’s doing is to create her Vision Board.

This just goes to show how powerful having a vision board is – which contains all your goals and aspirations and images of what you want to achieve. Having your vision board will keep your goals alive in your mind that no matter when and where, you’ll always be doing things that will bring you nearer to them.

So, have you got your vision board up yet?

I’ve bought my board and mounted it up on the wall. However, it contains a lot of notes and scribblings of course outlines that I have put up over my university course of study. Perhaps, it’s time to revamp it.

Well, I’ll do just that and I will put up a picture of it. Mmmm… let me see. I’ll give myself a deadline of 24th February 2008.

24th Feb. You’ll see a picture of my vision board up here on my site ok? 😀

p.s.: Ewen Chia will be featured in next week’s programme on Singapore Mediacorp TV Channel 8, 9pm. It’d be good to hear about his money management and his internet marketing business from him. 🙂

General, Goal Setting, Personal Development

10 Ways To Achieve Your Goals

February 28, 2007

We all have goals and resolutions and why is it that often, we don’t seem to be able to achieve them? Well, you have to ask yourself first, whose goals are you setting? Are they yours or are they developed because of other people’s expectations and hopes of you?

If you find the goal dreadful and you experience fear or anxiety, then it’s obviously not what you want! And it’s a goal of someone else. If that’s the case, why are you still hanging on it it? You have to get rid of it because it will just hinder your future successes and progress!

After you have thought of your goals, you need to commit yourself to your goals. And with this 10 steps, you can be sure that you will be more committed and more motivated to work towards your goals!

1. Write them down!

>> Statistics show people who write down their goals have over an 80% success rate of achieving them! Write the goals in your notebook, on the wall, in fact, anywhere! You can even start a goals journal. These goals have to be specific, measurable, achievable, results-oriented and time-limited!

  • Specific: Describe every single detail of the goal
  • Measurable: You have to be able to measure your progress. Be it through charting your improvement to getting someone to examine your progress!
  • Achievable: You will need to set realistic goals and not those that are of your fantasies.
  • Results-Oriented: What’s the point of working towards a goal if you are not expecting anything out of it?
  • Time-limited: Time yourself. Make sure that you don’t procrastinate in achieving your goals.

2. Create a plan of small steps to get you where you want to be.

>> You can do so with timelines where you can chart your progress and also take note of how much you want to progress with each day. Do remember to review your plan monthly to see its effectiveness.

3. Write down your motivating reason(s)/ driving factor for wanting the goal.

>> Write it with such passion, feeling, and energy that it makes it sooo clear why getting the goal is important to you. These reasons will keep you focused on what you want to achieve and also on how much time and effort you are going to put in everyday to achieve the results you want.

4. Create 3 to 5 positive motivating statements that will keep you on track.

>> These motivating statements will excite you and keep you motivated. Always remember to use the present tense! As for me, mine’s “Do or Do Not, There is No Try!” Always repeat these statements to yourself when you are feeling down or demoralised. Because they have to ability to perk you up and energise you!

5. Visualize what it is like to have achieved your goal.

>> By visualizing it, you are living it, tasting it, feeling it, smelling it, seeing it, reveling in it! Think about how you will feel on achieving the goal. How others will think of you and the ability that you have to accomplish more!

6. Start a daily routine.

>> Start each day by reviewing your goals and your progress. Remind yourself of your driving factor and also charge yourself by repeating your motivating statements. Then, picture yourself achieving the goal and finally obtaining it! Make your goal a priority and write down the things you can do in the day to be closer to your goal.
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