Helpful Goal Planning Techniques

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During this time of the year, many people are reflecting on the current year's goals and making plans for the following year.  If you fall into that category (or you want to start), here are a few tools and techniques that will help you with your goal planning.
1. Using SMART goals: A SMART Goal is a time proven method of establishing goals.  SMART breakdowns to Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results Oriented/Relevant/Rigorous, and Time Bound.  Here is a worksheet you can use to create your smart goals.
2. Tracking your goals: Tracking your goals is essential.  It is something that all top achievers do.  You can decide to track your goals manually or allow software to help automate the process.  Here is a link to 13 free goal tracking apps.  Hopefully one of them will work for you.
3. Reading/Listening to goal setting material:  Creating goals is a process.  Spending time on how to set goals is worthwhile.  Here are three resources you can consider using.
-Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want -- Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy  
-Goals: Setting And Achieving Them On Schedule by Zig Ziglar  
-Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It Paperback by Henriette Anne
Happy Goal settings, Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas!