Welcome to Monday Matters. The top of the week check-in post from of Rules of Engagement, our Freshtake On Content community newsletter.
Just wanted to check in with you and ask you this one question:
?: It’s the beginning of Week 3 of an amazing new year. Are you on track to reaching your first quarter goals?
This question is meant to bother you a little, yet encourage you at the same time. And since it’s also the national holiday that we set aside to observe Martin Luther King, Jr’s contribution to peace and freedom, what better time to remind you to set your goals and do what it takes to work towards your dreams. To help you get on track and stick with your goals and dreams, I gathered a few articles on that have great tips for staying focused, how to set goals, and how to make new habits stick.
Lane’s Top 5 Goal-Setting (& Reaching) Articles Every Entrepreneur or Aspiring Business Owner Needs To Read in 2015 (so far)
1. For Expert Tips on How To Break Bad Habits and Replace Them New Good Habits,
Read Jim Rohn’s article: The 4 Powerful Ways to Change a Bad Habit ».
In just 4 steps, the late Jim Rohn, motivational speaker and success change agent, lays out the key things to focus on when you’re working to make a change. The four areas are:
- Disgust: You won’t change until the pain of change is greater than the pain of remaining the same (quote by).
- Decision: You have to decide in your mind that you will change.
- Desire: When you want it, your perception changes towards going after it.
- Resolve: You make a full commitment that you’re going to do what you said you would do.
The lesson in this article is that when we clearly commit to change in our mind, our actions will follow.
2. For Inspiration and Motivation to Pursue Your Passion,
Read: ‘Passion’ Is The Missing Ingredient In Goal-Setting », an article published on Forbes.com by Mark Murphy. Mark explains that whenever you’re setting a goal or choosing to work on a project, it’s important to ask yourself this important question: “Why do I care about this goal?” When you ask yourself why you care, it forces you to take ownership of the goal, which increases your chances of sticking with it and seeing it through. The point that Mark makes is when we take on someone else’s goal – a boss or co-worker or even a mentor – we are not as passionate about it, so we don’t give it our best.
3. For Inspiration To Keep Working Towards Your Dreams and Goals,
Read: 7 Essentials For Achieving More Than You Believed You Could ». This article by Tor Constantino is published on Entrepreneur Magazine. In it, Tor shares 7 lessons he has learned from preparing for marathons and long runs that also apply to life and business. May favorite is lesson #7: “Help others along the way.”
4. For Practical Advice on Following Through With Your Ideas,
Read: Do You Have a Good Idea? Avoid the 8 Things That Can Kill It », by Patti Johnson. This article over at the Success.com website asks 8 questions to get you thinking about why your ideas may not be getting as much support as you would like. One of the key takeaways from this article is to work together with other people when you have an idea. She says that’s what “smart change activators” do. And I agree. Often it’s so easy, especially when you have an entrepreneurial mindset, to think we are the only ones who “get it” and that causes us to cut ourselves off from getting help from others. The tips here were written for people in the workplace, but they actually apply to everyone, even solopreneurs.
5. For a Reminder to Make Focusing on Your Goals a Daily Routine,
Read: It All Comes Down to What You Do Daily », by John Maxwell. This is probably the most important goal-setting lesson of all. It’s one thing to set a goal, but the work comes into doing something every single day to get closer to achieving it. John Maxwell also reminds us, “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.”
I’ll be in touch on Thursday with a midweek check in. In the mean time, come over to Facebook and let us know what your goals are for this year and how you plan to reach them. Just look for the MLK image quote and post your comment in the threads!
Here’s to your success THIS year!
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