Do you have a clear idea of what your goals are for 2015 and beyond? If your answer is no, don’t worry, many people are unclear about their goals. The good news is that there are some steps you can take to discover, define and set your goals — which will put you in a good position to accomplish them. Here’s a brief overview of the steps involved …

Discovering Your Goals
What are your personal and professional goals? Are they clear and well-defined? If they are, great! WRITE THEM DOWN. If things aren’t so clear, you’ll need to do a little work to flesh them out.

If you’re looking to discover your goals, it’s helpful to take a global view. You can do this by making a list of all the things you’d like to do personally and professionally. Think of it in terms of what do you want to accomplish — short-, mid- and long-term.

But wait, before you write out your list, ask yourself the following: What is it that I love to do the most?

Things you “kind-of like to do” need not make your list. If you focus on doing what you absolutely love, you’ll be more apt to stick with it (even when things are hard) and do a great job at it. Once you complete your list, set it aside for a couple of days before going back to it and eliminating all but the most interesting things you are most passionate about. Now you have a list of goals to choose from — some big, some small, all awesome!

Defining Your Goals
Next, you’ve got to add some details to the goals you choose to move forward with. A clearly-defined goal is like an address you type into your GPS. It’s very specific. There’s no doubt about where you’re headed. Brian Tracey has a great way of helping people define their goals. Here’s what he has to say:

“Imagine that 5-years from now your whole life has been made perfect in every respect, every aspect of your life. All your dreams have been fulfilled; every goal has been achieved. What would it look like if 5-years from now your life is ideal in every way?”

Again, the more specific the better. If you can’t visualize what it looks like, describe it in words.

Setting Your Goals
Next up is setting a step-by-step plan of action. Just remember, you may not have the whole plan in place when you start, but you will be clear on your destination. So add in as many preliminary steps as you can, adjust as necessary, and add more steps when they become clear. The biggest trick here is making sure each step or action you take is “bite-sized.” Think of it like a pizza. You eat one slice at a time, not the whole pie in one bite. And even that slice is eaten one bite at a time.

Once you’ve got these three strategies in place, you’ve set yourself up to successfully accomplish your goals. For a more in-depth look at these concepts, we highly recommend looking into the works of a gentleman named Zig Ziglar, who’s CD, “Goals: Setting & Achieving them On Schedule,” is available in many libraries, or at Amazon.com.

Look Good on Your Journey
As promised, we’d also like to offer some advice on how you can look good as you work on accomplishing your goals. First, make sure you’re being true to who you are with the style of clothes you wear. If you’re a jeans and sports shirt kind of person, go for it! In other words, don’t get caught up in trying to be what you think others want you to be. This will help you feel more comfortable on your journey, and it will also help you feel better about yourself because you’re being true to who you are.

No matter what you choose to wear, let us help you along by keeping your clothes clean. Stop by your local Klinke Cleaners and we’ll be happy to take care of your dry cleaning and laundering needs.

Happy New Year from Klinke Cleaners. We wish you the best of luck in attaining your goals!

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