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KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE: FOCUS IS KEY

Football coaches, career advisors, and financial gurus all say the same thing: Keep that goal in mind!

They don't tell you how to do it, but we will. Here are the most important steps:

Have a goal you can achieve in the near future. It will be a stepping stone to your ultimate goal. Setting your sites on something complicated and far off won't work.

If you want to be the big boss, play at Carnegie Hall or pay off your mortgage, just keeping that goal in mind won't do much to bring it closer. You have to take steps along the way.

Make sure it's your goal and nobody else's. If you are super in sales, but your spouse wants to vie for a management job, be sure that's what you want too, or chances are you won't achieve the goal or be successful at it if it is achieved.

Keep your attitude straight. Be patient, not anxious. In his book Business Games: How to Recognize the Players and Deal with Them, psychiatrist Martin Groder says anxiety eats up too much time and energy, all of which keeps you from making progress on the goal.

Don't become disenchanted. Life is never easy, and achieving your goal probably will not be either. There will be setbacks and obstacles to deal with. Pick yourself up again and move on. Move forward if only a little at a time.

Review your present and future goals periodically. Discuss them with your family and knowledgeable people. If you find you are deluding yourself, or that circumstances require a change, don't give up. Make the adjustment and continue moving forward ... or just a little to the right.

 

 



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