8 April 2011
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Aligning Your Business and Personal Goals

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”

–Earl Nightingale

While most goals aren’t mutually exclusive, it’s still important to align them in such a way that they complement each other. This is never more true than in your business and personal life. If you find that your goals are competing for your time and resources, realignment is necessary. By decreasing the energy required to accomplish your goals, you’ll increase your success and decrease your stress.

So how do you align your business and personal goals? First, think of the last two or three goals you accomplished. What were they and how were they related? Chances are that even if they weren’t expressly related, they all shared a similar direction and focus. This is because we often set goals that move us in the same direction.

In addition to these directionally-related goals, we set other goals. But as you evaluate your personal and business successes, you’ll probably notice that the complementary goals have a high success rate. The outlying goals that lack a clear focus generally fall to the wayside.

As you set business and personal goals, identify a master destination. Where do you want to be at the end of the week? At the end of the month? At the end of the year? By aligning your goals with your chosen milestones, you’ll find that it’s easier and more rewarding.

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