Always Setting Goals

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As we're always changing, growing and looking ahead, nothing in our lives can be truly accomplished without setting goals. Andrew Carnegie once said, "If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes." Goals will propel you forward, invigorate your life, and help you turn your dreams into reality. 

When you think about it, our goals can be compared to levels in a video game. We may not be successful in our first attempt, but we keep playing until we accomplish what we desire: advancement to the next level. 

In the video game of life, we play through an endless cycle of three levels: good, better and best. Each level is an essential part in helping you achieve your goals and grow your business. 

GOOD: Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." Taking that one step forward by first setting your goal is good. At least you got up and decided on a plan and that's much better than doing nothing. Speaking of better...

BETTER: You advance to the next level in accomplishing your goal by giving yourself a timeline. Plan daily tasks to accomplish your goal and set a reasonable deadline. In addition to giving your goal much-needed structure, you need to further organize your goal with a plan of action. For example, suppose you give yourself a goal to find two new buyers a week for your product with a deadline of the end of the month to find eight new consumers. How and where will you find these people? What you can do is break your life down into eras: growing up, high school and college years, living in your first neighborhood as an adult, etc. Then, pinpoint who your friends and acquaintances were in each era and start reconnecting. Ask the golden question, "What's new and exciting in your life?" Then, when they reciprocate the question, you can tell them all about your new business venture about which you are really excited - E. EXCEL!

BEST: The next level focuses on the execution of your goals. You have a goal, you have a plan with a deadline, now all you have to do is ACT. Carry your plan through and you'll be surprised how little time it really took and how much you accomplished overall.

The incredible journey of E. EXCEL all started with one woman who had a goal, and a plan she acted upon. As a result, Dr. Jau-Fei Chen created a thriving industry of natural, whole food and beauty products to help people feel brighter, happier, more energized and more focused on their personal health. Think of the amazing things you can accomplish just by setting a single goal, creating a plan for that goal and carrying it out. Give it a try — you'll be amazed by the result!