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10 strategies for success
- Published 28/05/2009
Research shows that there are ten basic strategies that people consider most effective in dealing with the obstacles or challenges that come their way.
- Set Goals. Make them explicit, something that can be achieved in the near future, challenging and attainable.
- Write the goals down.
- Make each goal build on the past. You should be able to see a progression.
- Offer yourself a small reward. Pat yourself on the back whenever you score yourself a victory on the way toward your goal.
- Social support. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and support your goals.
- Orchestrate the environment. Make sure you have all the required equipment and have arranged your schedule so you are able to perform the necessary tasks. This might also include observing others whose achievements inspire you.
- Start with a non-competitive situation. Challenge yourself first. After you have met your personal goal, you can pit yourself against others, if you desire.
- Monitor your progress. Periodically check to see if you are moving in the right direction, closer to your goal.
- Adjust your approach. If, after monitoring your progress, you find that you have veered away from your goal, change your course. Numbers 8 and 9 may have to be repeated several times before you achieve your ultimate goal.
- Make these steps a habit. Then each time you have a new goal, you will automatically be able to repeat these ten steps.
Shrink Your Worries
- Published 29/01/2009
Question It –Is it really your problem?
Talk It Out – Share your problem with someone you trust.
Write It Down – Putting on paper helps you to see things in perspective.
Distance It – Imagine a few years from now.How much will it matter then?
Exaggerate It – Picture the worst that could really happen.How likely is it?
Attack It - Take the first steps to solving the problem.
Breathe it Away – Inhale deeply, exhale with a sigh a few times.Let your tensions go as you breathe out.
How many of you would attempt to build a house without laying the foundations first? Yet how many actually follow this principle when building a business?
Many businesswomen attribute their success to mentors or a group of people who’ve advised them in some way. These women realise and acknowledge to themselves that they didn’t necessarily have all the answers, or all the skills and knowledge and contacts to take their business to the next level. They weren’t afraid, or too proud, to approach people who were experts in their field and ask for their help and input. We are not alone!