Taking stock from time to time

Half of 2008 is over. For people who set goals at the beginning of the year, it might have been a very fruitful six months filled with accomplishments and great memories. But for people who do not practise goal-settings, they might be wondering where all that time went and where they might be heading.

It is good practice to periodically review the goals that you have set. However, if you do not enter 2008 with any goals in mind, it is not too late to start thinking and planning what you would like to achieve in some areas of your life in the next six months and beyond.

Set realistic goals

Everyone advocates setting goals, but make sure you write them down before you decide how you will achieve them. Many people write down their goals but do not commit to achieving them. Make your goals realistic and put them on your fridge, desk or some place where you can see them every day.

Focus on your health

This can be either your greatest asset or greatest liability. Schedule a check-up with your doctor, implement an exercise programme if you do not already have one, take vitamins if you need to and discover what will help boost your health.

Invest in personal development

It has been reported that those who spend $1,000 or more on their personal development will increase their business by 20 per cent. Keep your brain active by reading books, attending workshops, finding a new network, listening to tapes or CDs in your care, doing online courses or enrolling in a course at a tertiary institution or private education provider.

Know your priorities

Once you have set your goals, you can focus on what is most important to you this year- it could be your family, self-development, building your profile, profitability, health, gaining new clients or having more relaxation time. Whatever you deem most important will help keep your focus on how you spend your time.

Eliminate time robbers

Make a list of things that rob you off your time - television, running errands, checking your e-mail too often, endless chatting online, long phone calls and waiting times. Or sometimes it might be other people. Focus on controlling your time and getting rid of the things in your life that are not a high priority.

Stick to VIPs and eliminate VDPs

Find very inspiring people (VIP) you can learn from, bounce ideas off and whose company you can enjoy. Minimize your time with the very draining people (VDP)) in your life. Be strict with yourself and you will feel more positive when VIPs surround you.

Make time for those you care about

Balancing work and home is a challenge for most people. Choose to focus on those you love and do not forget to remind them how much they mean to you. In your busy schedule, do not shelve your loved ones aside. Promise yourself you will not take anyone for granted.

Choose to be amazing

Make a commitment to yourself each morning that you will have an amazing day. Tell someone he is special, send a thank you note, bask in the sun for 15 minutes, find something funny, share a smile, exercise or practise being positive.

Life is not a dress rehearsal - you only get one performance - so give it your best.



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