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MN Business Tip Of The Day: Know Your Goals

January 22nd, 2014 - By Michelle Alerte
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Goals are essential to success. Therefore setting proper goals that propel you to grow are equally as essential.

With a goal in mind, you get a clear vision of where you want to go and are able to plot your route. Rather than just having a dream, you can now be sure you have a dream that’s being effectively acted upon. Try these five steps, pulled from Mindtools.com, to help you reach your lifetime goals:

Create your “big picture.” Ask yourself, “What do I want to do with my life over the next 10 years?” This will help you identify the large-scale goals you have.

Make a list that includes all the areas of your life and how they figure into your pursuit.

Break these goals into smaller chunks. After deciding what you want to achieve in 10 years, look at what you want in five. You’ll also want to set one-year, six-month and one-month plans, each based on the larger plan.

Generate a simple To-Do List.

Review your plan. Ensure it all fits together and points toward your lifetime goals.

Another thing to keep in mind when setting goals is to make them SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.

9 Steps To Get Focused For 2013

December 28th, 2012 - By C. Cleveland
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Don’t you love that quiet lull the office falls into between Christmas and New Year’s Day? With clients and coworkers traveling for the holidays, the workplace can feel like an adult version of Home Alone. But, there are better things to do with your downtime than playing Facebook games or building towers out of office supplies with your cubicle mates. This is the perfect time of year to gain perspective on 2012, and get focused for the New Year. Follow these steps to make sure your mind is right for 2013.

When To Call It Quits: What You Can Learn From The Hollywood Game

May 1st, 2012 - By C. Cleveland
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You see it everyday; celebrities that once had respectable careers continue the desperate push to remain relevant. They appear on red carpets and release independently produced music videos and mixtapes, yet they can’t seem to make anything close to the impact they once had. Blog commenters wonder out loud why they even bother. But, they continue to pursue their dreams. Watching their unrewarded work ethic begs the question: when is it time to call it quits?

Quitting may be a strong word when it comes to pursuing your dreams. At the very least, stars and business people alike need to take time to reevaluate their goals and change course when they experience prolonged bouts of failure. Success can be a numbers game, especially for the entertainment industry. Competition is fierce and everyone can’t make it to the top spot. The music industry in particular has an awful habit of trying to duplicate successful artists. But, there is only one Beyonce, Rihanna, etc. Duplication is futile.

Instead of copying the paths that have already been blazed, successful people adjust their course as they go along. Success requires flexibility. If you are not seeing the results you hoped, reevaluation of your goals and decisions may be in order. As the saying goes, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” If you’re not seeing the results you want in you career, ask yourself the questions below to help set yourself on the right path.

Is this still my dream, or has something changed? You probably started the path to pursue your dream with the best intentions. But, people change, as do industries. Now that you’re experiencing the negative aspects of your chosen field, ask yourself if the stress you’ll experience seeing your goal come to fruition is worth it in the end?

Is your dream realistic? Did you start with a solid plan before you started pursuing your dream? Make sure your goals are SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.