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Donít Set any Goals this New Year . . . without Applying the 60-40 RuleSusan L. Reid
Itís that time again ó the time when people traditionally set resolutions for the New Year.
Have you noticed, though, that setting long-term goals doesnít work? No matter how convicted you feel about your New Yearís resolutions, the more rigidly you adhere to whatever goals youíve set for yourself, the harder it will be to reach them.
Why? Because the problem with goals is that they are made in the present, to be fulfilled in the future. But the present is always changing. That means the future is always changing, too. So, if youíve created a static goal for a future time in a dynamic and ever changing present, itís almost impossible to attain that goal. This is why, after the first couple of weeks of working toward your goal, setbacks often occur. Before you know it, youíre off the mark, struggling to get back on task, wondering if you will ever reach your goal.
Not all is lost. Human beings arenít static, so why should their goals be? There is a way to meet your goals and to accomplish all that you have set out to achieve this New Year. The only thing is, itís different from what youíre used to doing, and it will require setting aside your old way of setting goals. This new way of setting goals is what I call the 60-40 Rule.
The 60-40 Rule
Contemporary spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle says it best:
Do yourself a favor this New Year. Donít waste your time setting goals if you arenít committed to spending 60% of your action toward your goal right now, in the red, hot present. Whether in business or in your personal life, set attainable goals that you know you can reach, rather than rigid, ultimatum-driven goals that are doomed from the start. Then, follow the 60-40 Rule to achieve them. Take 60% of your action toward your goal today with only 40% of your action remaining for the future.
Remember, you arenít static. Why should your goals be?
Copyright © 2008 by Susan L. Reid
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Dr. Susan L. Reid is a business coach and consultant for entrepreneurial women starting up businesses, and is the award-winning author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Womanís Journey to Business Success. If you are ready to take the first steps in owning your business, then get instant access to your own free PDF copy of ďDoing What You Love: Multiple Streams of PassionĒ at http://www.SuccessfulSmallBizOwners.com
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