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Set Your Goals and Take Action!

by Dan on May 15, 2012

So you’ve got yourself an idea on how you are going make money online, great! However, now you find yourself in a position in which for weeks, maybe even months, you find yourself procrastinating without actually getting anything done. This is a position i’m sure most self-starters have had to overcome at some point in time. Maybe you are spending too much time thinking things through as opposed to getting things done, or perhaps you are just being plain lazy, either way the truth of the matter is that you aren’t going to get anywhere unless you start to take action.

This is the very reason that great ideas sometimes aren’t put into practice, and it’s such a shame at that. However, taking action is easier said than done, it can be very difficult in fact, especially if your a first timer player of this game. This is why i’m going to talk about the best way to get started. You will find that once the train has started rolling, you’ll find it harder to get off than it was to get on!

So what is the best way to get started? Simple, set yourself some goals! Honestly, it has to be the most important factor, yet people are so reluctant to do it. Without setting yourself goals you are drifting in the wind, which is not a good position to be in. How can you expect to achieve anything if you don’t even know what it is you are trying to achieve? Nearly all successful businessmen will emphasise the important of having goals. They have travelled down the long road to success because they knew exactly where they were going, and even the places to stop off along the way.

My best advice for setting your goals is by first visualising where you would like to end up after a certain period of time. Now you don’t have to think on a huge scale here, you can visualise where you would like to end up at the end of the week for example. Whatever timescale you pick  remember that the aim is to help you get started and to take action now, and by painting a mental picture of what you are trying to build up to will make it much easier to work out how you are going to get there.

Once you have this end destination in mind start breaking things down into smaller goals. Follow things backwards and start noting what steps you need to take in order reach each step. Make sure you are writing everything down as you work them out! When you write things down you are making a mental commitment to what you are writing where as trying to remember these goals off the top of your head will not only make things just as messy as they were to begin with, but will be a huge waste of time.

Don’t worry about going into too much detail when you break things down. You are not writing an essay here, but do keep in mind that your aim is to document enough information in order to know what you want to achieve, when you want to achieve it and the steps you need to take in order to achieve it.

Eventually, once you have set some clear goals you will find that knowing where to start and how to take action will come naturally, and you may not even have to look at your goals in order to keep things moving. When you do hit that mental block however, you always have your list to fall back on.

Finally, remember that your goals should be never ending. I know I said earlier in the article that you don’t have to set your goals too far ahead to get things going, but this is simply to get you to take action. Long term I would recommend you plan as far ahead as possible. There should never be at a point where you having nothing to achieve, because before you know it you could find yourself back in a position where you are struggling to take action.



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