Top performers not only keep their word to others, they keep their promises to themselves.
And what are those promises?
They do what needs to be done to get that raise or that promotion. Or get out of dodge!
Yup. Sometimes top performers make that decision that they can’t get what they want where they are. And if that sounds scary to you, then maybe 2013 is your year.
A goal is a dream with a deadline. When you set a goal, you say to yourself,

  • “This is what I want, and this is what I’m going to do.”
  • When you make a plan around that goal, you’re adding, “This is how I’m going to do it.”

Pretty simple, eh? The tricky part, though, isn’t saying it. It’s meaning it.
If you’re tired of paying lip service to your career, now is the time to get on track once and for all. 2013 can be your best year ever, the year you take that next big bold step in your career.


The year you get out of your own way and allow your unique attributes to become part of your everyday norm. No more excuses, no more “ifs,” “ands,” or “buts.” All you have to do to get started is decide to keep the promise you’ve made to yourself.
What is your promise to yourself this year?
If that promise involves advancing your career, take a minute right now to work on this quick Tip for Top Performers on goal setting.
Action Step: One up a new word document, a new note on your iphone, or simply grab a piece of paper and write down the goal you are most proud of accomplishing in 2012. Then, write down the answers to the following questions:
Exercise:
What was the goal?
What obstacles did you overcome in order to achieve this goal?
What were the beliefs you had around this goal?
What visions, pictures, success habits, and/or techniques did you use to help you reach this goal?
What was the value you yearned to honor in achieving this goal? If you are not sure what I mean by that question, here’s another way of looking at it; What motivated you most to want to achieve this goal?
Achieving your goals helps when you start from a place of a positive leverage. Now that you have this anchor and proof you have what it takes to achieve your goals, the next step is to write your top goal for 2013 using the same format above but in the present tense.
“Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. Written goals provide clarity. By documenting your dreams, you must think about the process of achieving them.” – Gary Ryan Blair, American Goal-setting Expert

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