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Start each goal with ‘‘I.’’ Write in the present,
positive tense, as though it were already a reality.
Attach a deadline to it.
For example, you could write, ‘‘I earn $XXX,XXX
by December 31, 200
.’’ or ‘‘I weigh XXX pounds
by June 30, 200
.’’
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10.
37. Imagine that you could wave a magic wand and
have any one of the above goals within 24 hours.
Which one goal, if you achieved it, would have the
greatest positive impact on your life?
38. Write your answer to question 37 in the present
tense, a positive, personal statement starting with
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the word ‘‘I,’’ exactly as if your goal has already
been achieved:
39. Set a deadline on this goal; exactly when do you
want to achieve it?
40. Identify the main obstacles you will have to
overcome to achieve this goal:
1.
2.
3.
41. Identify the additional knowledge, information, or
skills you will have to acquire to achieve this goal:
1.
2.
3.
42. Make a list of the people whose help and
cooperation you will need to achieve this goal. (Be
sure to include your family.)
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3.
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43. Make a list of the things you will have to do—the
steps you will have to take—to achieve this goal:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
44. From the steps above, what one action are you
going to take immediately to achieve your most
important goal?
Leaders know themselves. They know who they are and what
they want. The greater clarity with which you can answer these
questions, the more effective you will be as a leader.
You will make better decisions, set clearer priorities, allocate
people and money more intelligently, and efficiently utilize your
personal time and resources to accomplish more of those things
that are more important. You will make fewer mistakes and get
more things done with greater effectiveness.
By developing complete clarity about yourself and your situa-
tion, you will think and act more efficiently and accomplish
greater results in everything you do.
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