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SECRETS TO SUCCESS – SECRET #1 – BE REALLY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU DESIRE

Believe it or not, 2016 is closer than you think.  In fact, it’s just 8 WEEKS away!

In less than 2 months, we’ll be popping the bubbly, saying goodbye to 2015 and ringing in the New Year.  How do you celebrate the end of the old year and then beginning of the new one?

Most years, I spend time between Christmas and New Years Eve reflecting back on the year and making my plans, dreams and goals.  I might do some vision boards, journalling or resolutions … it’s never really the same.  I’ve taken inspiration from different cultures and have done symbolic rituals from Feng Shui to smudging.  Some things I’ve done are fun, some are serious and some are a little kooky … like last year when I set the dried up leaves in my front planter on fire when I put a smudging stick out in the soil.  My neighbor probably thought I was a bit nuts … I guess I smudged the whole street!

This year, I’m changing things up a bit and I’d like to inspire you to do the same.  I’m taking some time over the next 8 weeks, to look back on the year, see what I liked about 2015 and what I didn’t, and then get myself set up to start 2016 in the best way possible!  

I want to start 2016 with a big splash, ready to roll and to move ahead.  So, I’m spending a bit of time now, clearing out the old, and getting clear about what I really desire for 2016.

That’s Secret #1 to a successful life – getting clear about where you’re going, with a plan to get there. Over the next 8 weeks I’m going to reveal my 8 secrets to creating an amazing life for yourself in 2016 and beyond, with some simple, yet effective techniques that really work.

Today’s post is about getting clear about what you desire for yourself.  I’ve adapted the “SMART” goal setting format and written out some prompts to consider.   You really can’t go wrong with this and the more specific and precise you can get with your dreams and desires, the better.   

The “SMART” goal setting system is a series of questions to ask yourself in order to get a clear, measurable and precise idea of what it is you actually want to do.  You can go through these questions for the overall year, for the next 3 months or any time frame you choose, but you must go thru the steps for each goal you have.   Don’t be afraid to get precise and specific … the clearer your vision of what you desire for yourself, the faster and easier it will be to manifest.  

Ask yourself the following questions for each goal you have:

S – SPECIFIC – WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?  WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ACHIEVE AT THIS TIME? WHAT DO I WANT TO ULTIMATELY ACCOMPLISH?  HOW AM I GOING TO DO IT?

M – MEASURABLE – HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I’VE ACHIEVED THIS GOAL?

A – ATTAINABLE – CAN I SEE MYSELF ACHIEVING THIS GOAL?  CAN I BREAK IT DOWN INTO MANAGEABLE PIECES?

R – REALISTIC – TOO DIFFICULT? TOO EASY?

T – TIME BOUND – SET A DATE TO COMPLETE, THE SHORTER THE BETTER