You need to celebrate your success.

I'll say that again.

You need to celebrate your success.

Take time and evaluate what you've accomplished with your business and in your life. Whether you crossed off a menial task on your todo list or achieved a big goal you set, you really need to celebrate the fact that you're moving forward.

I've had a few conversations with some new Wealthy Affiliate members that went a little something like this:

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WA Member: You know Steve, I'm thinking of throwing in the towel. My websites are getting traffic, and my articles are getting views, but I'm not making money yet. I don't think I've accomplished anything here.
Steve: Well, let's start at the beginning. When did you join? What is your niche/website?
WA Member: Last month and I've built two websites already.
Steve: And what did you know about Internet Marketing before you joined.
WA Member: Well, nothing really.
Steve: And what did you know about niches or creating websites.
WA Member: Well, nothing there either.
Steve: So in 30 days you went from knowing nothing about IM to researching and picking out a niche, building an entire website around that niche, writing dozens of articles for it, and you even have people visiting your site, but you don't think you've accomplished anything?
WA Member: Well, when you put it that way...

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It may not feel like you've accomplished anything because you never took the time to evaluate your accomplishments and celebrate what you've been able to do since joining.

Look, I get it. We're all here to make money online. The point of this conversation is to show you that even though you may not be making money YET, you have likely already accomplished more than you could have imagined before you joined. It may not be a monetary accomplishment, but it's still 100% worthy of celebrating.You're moving forward and the monetary accomplishments are sure to follow.

Cross of an item on your task list. Reward yourself. It's that easy.

I take breaks between each task. I'll give my mind some time to refocus, cool down, and get ready for the next task. A few rewards here and there make the day go by much smoother.

Here are a few sample ways I take breaks after completing tasks:
- Browse Facebook or reddit for a few minutes
- Call someone on the phone and take a few minutes to catch up
- Food rewards. Ice cream works best!
- A quick trip to Starbucks (If I'm feeling particularly unproductive that day, I'll move my work to Starbucks. The change of environment usually helps break that spell)
- A chapter or two on whichever book I'm reading
- A few minutes of mindless flash games

The point is to take a break, give your mind a minute to refocus, and avoid burning out for the day.

I've made a point to really go out and celebrate every time I cross something off of my yearly goal list. I particularly like to follow this formula: the bigger the accomplishment, the better the reward.

Smaller goals will usually get a nice date night out with my fiancee, or maybe even a small item off of my Amazon wishlist. The bigger goals will yield bigger rewards though. If I manage to complete a particularly ambitious goal, I'll go one step higher. My favorite reward was an impromptu trip after a particularly successful day. I accomplished a goal that I feared I'd NEVER get accomplished. So to celebrate, I booked a trip out of town for the weekend.

A few of my rewards for bigger goals this year include: a new Canon camera I've had my eye on for some time, throwing a get together with all my friends, and possibly another weekend getaway.

These rewards give me that extra push to keep going.



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bravekhan Premium
Thank you for aligning the task management and accomplishment without them nothing could be achieved properly.
Warmest Regards,
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tmargaret26 Premium
Yes everyone deserves a reward doesn’t matter how small you achieve. As long you know you work hard to achieve even a tiny task it’s a success so therefore you get to celebrate with a reward. That’s a motivation to move forward to another success goal.

Love your post. Thanks for sharing.

Margaret.
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JeanBrickley Premium
Good post Steve. I used to celebrate every little success. I have to get back to that. :)
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delroy2222 Premium
Great post Steve. Thanks for sharing. )
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Pamela111 Premium
Life is a list with no end, but break em into small doable chapters, yep, that sounds like a plan. Thanks off to make my list.
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My main aim is to learn and understand the inner workings of building websites. Lots of info. Really good tips. Thanks, Steve.
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Jimmyk16 Premium
Hello Steve Great advise. Thanks. Cheers.
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Great motivational advice!
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Oma07 Premium
I have my hand written list also.
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Hey! Steve
this is incredible it is helping me a lot!! and one thing i got right!!
is just moving from long-term unachievable goals to daily based achievable goals!!
thnx for awesome share!!
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HeatherGrace Premium
Fantastic article, Steve. Even a few years later =-) Thank you for taking the time to share this! Very helpful.
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Littlez7 Premium
Steve your right! Setting goals and rewarding yourself for goals achieved is a great way to motivate oneself. Thanks, I found it helpful:)
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jsorenson Premium
I'm proud to say not only do I already do all of the things you suggest, I have some similar content on my personal website JillianSorenson.com. It's not specifically a goal setting website, but there's several posts about it. :)
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Thischick Premium
Buy a throne of solid gold...pfft I already have one of those lol :)
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GlobalRosie Premium
Another great post ... even if it was written a few years back ... all still applicable. Thank you!
Rosie
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hovivien Premium
I am reading this when I feel lost. Thanks for your kind sharing.
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Hey Steve, love your motivational structure, thanks for sharing.
It is very inspirational.
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AVJ Premium
Hey Steve,

Thanks for putting your goals list out there to share
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Scottwhateva Premium
I like it! Think I'll need to read it again....and again. Todo lists and goals have always been a bit of challenge for me to get done on a regular basis. I can start off okay, but it's maintaining it where I fall down...But maybe, just maybe, this can change things - especially the Handwriting them. I know it's easy to hide them away on your computer or phone, but out in the open on paper is, well, an old-fashioned but effective method.
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JY2018 Premium
Hi Steve,

This Hand write To Do task has always been my engineering to do list daily checklist at work and trying to inspire my peers to do the same. However that doesn't seem to work for them as they would prefer things done through memory and it can be some sort effective for them but probably lack of quality.

I have written more than five books ever since I embrace this method at work while working IBM. I am a strong believer in Hand write things on a pad.

Thank you for sharing this cause I thought I am the only one doing this.

John
24.01.2015, 18.26@SIngapore.
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LatiaW Premium
I love the post !
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Hanzi2u Premium
i've read some few blogs at you'r profile and i must say you really get spot on! as you said remember to take breaks so you don't burn out and that's something i should remember and also to celebrate the little things i've accomplished even tho it's only a small task. i'll keep in mind all the great things you've said so far and now i'm gonna celebrate the things i made through so far i'm not good at all to take a break and just enjoy thing but it made me think what you've said here thanks.
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Excellent topic Steve, as with all your articles.... Reading it for the second time...
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Thanks Steve, another great article! I am really enjoying your tips and making an effort to follow your advice! All the best!
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grances Premium
Great articles Steve! Im using them as a guidance tool and am very thankful. God Bless!
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aaron605 Premium
ha ha ha. and you're funny, too! (buy a throne of solid gold...) thanx again for the encouragement.
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Chamber108 Premium
Nice article Steve. Great for someone who's struggling with constant laziness like i am. I recommend a great list creating app called trello if you don't want to write by hand. Its simple and it's quite effective for me.
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davyrobot Premium
Hi Steve! -

Another great guide - thank you! :)
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JimintheWeb Premium
Hey Mr. Steve R.:

Just got back from IveTriedThat.com. Way nice site. Very nice.

I was skip’N through the ranking list and noticed that you are on par with the creators. So I got nose-y.

I gotta congratulate you for getting done & doing what you’ve done and are doing. Very strong. That woman standing very close to you (yea, she is a looker!) has to be very proud of her man. A good woman DOES help.

Anyhow, this is a “hello”, Mr. R.
I’ll be back to read-up / study-up after I go get motivated.

{That / your contributing zymologist author, wonder if she publishes any recommendations. :-}}
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Ralawami Premium
Good article for sure. Thanks :
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onsitem2 Premium
A most helpful article for keeping me and others like me focused as i/we press towards success here at WA! I especially like the idea of looking at success not just as a financial maker along the road but as each individual step we take that moves us closer to our ultimate goal. I wrote for myself a list of recent successes i.e., 1) leaving my dead end job, 2) get out of my comfort zone, 3) get settled in new apartment, and 4) knowing what it is i want to do!
Before reading your article i looked at these like distractions but really they are steps i had to take to get me closer to my goal. I really enjoy your writing style. Thank you for sharing this valuable and most helpful information!
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2ndchance Premium
45,000 - 50,000 per year initially
ecstatic greater than $100,000
2-3 hours/ day currently, full time within 6 months
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Berny W Premium
Awesome reality check Steve. Thank you for providing this information.
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Good for you, Steve! :) I take your challenge but need to think a bit about my goals.
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Harley940 Premium
Steve, what are your goals for 2014? I just joined myself and seeing current information would be more beneficial to me than 2 year old goals. Just a thought. Also noticed some typo's and duplicate words. :)
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AndyEB Premium
Some great tips Steve. I must admit though that I prefer using zoho.com for my task lists as so many are repeated on a regular schedule - network posting, blog postng, etc etc and I can set this up on auto. also, if I let a task go undone, it screams at me in red the next day! :-)
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Karina Remy Premium
Great idea! I already grabbed pen and paper.The list will be quite big!
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Chris Lee Premium
Loved this! I don't know why I've never stumbled on this before! :)
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Tanti1969 Premium
Hand write? Nice trick! Thanks Steve ...
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portee23 Premium
Working on my goal list now! I love the weekly goal idea as it relates to the build out of my website and I have already composed a set of yearly goals but since I've joined WA, these goals have definitely changed now that I have an actual vehicle(WA) in accomplishing the goals I had in mind. Thanks! I see that this article is a 2012 but everything in it stands true for years to come! Great Article.
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esther2501 Premium
Thanks Steve for the motivation and inspiration. I will follow through with your suggestions and establish some goals for myself.
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mah55 Premium
Thanks Steve for the encouragement. I have been pretty good at establishing goals and accomplishing them. I've gone thru a period of time of major life changes and it's been a bit more challenging to do what was always easy for me to do. I receive the words of encouragement and I know with repitition I'll manage again to attain my life goals. The positive thing here for me is I really don't have another way, other than IM to attain my life goals and monetary ones.
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micmack Premium
Thanks Steve I am going to get busy on making my list of goals for this week and this year. Keep the tips coming
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This w as a really great review for me. I can remember as a younger adult, I had such energy, such motivation, a 'nothing-will-keep-me-down' spirit about me. As I got older, energy waned and motivation subsided. I started going into 'survival' mode instead of 'living' mode. Not good. This coaching is challenging me to return and do my first works and build on them, which was writing down my goals and achieving them one by one. I'll start again right now!!!
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mary16 Premium
Thanks, this is very helpful. I am taking it into action right now and create a blog for it on my page. Find out what my goals are by visiting my blog. see you there!!
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Michelle R Premium
Thank you....this is very helpful
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Koa Premium
My favorite part is the rewards section :)
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ahen205 Premium
THANK YOU!
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Taking this in action today...will share tomorrow afternoon!!! Because tomorrow morning I am volunteering in helping with arts and crafts in my 5 year old's kindergarten class!!! :D
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Leland45 Premium
It's all about self discipline, great advice that is sure to produce results. Thank you Steve.
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Thank you, I will try this. I have a bad habit of forgetting things I needed to do so this will be really helpful.
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DSHDC1 Premium
Thanks, Steve, I appreciate the daily motivation.
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I will definitely keep these in mind when the road gets tough and bland! Great read!
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rolland Premium
Great reading Steve. I am also a Dayle wright down my( getter done today) kind of guy. With out my task list I might not get anything done
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Sorry happines overflows- i have forgot to say you thank you for this wonderful post.
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thankyou bro and your sites were amazing,but i am confused whiich is best for Indian, but meanwhile i am learning some seo from here i am sure soon i will be on my way...
MY goal is to get my own domain name and build my own website.
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KevinAranz Premium
reading this couldn't have come at a better time. Thanks Steve!
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Great advice. Positive reinforcement works really well for me too. Whenever I did awesome on an exam I rewarded myself with godiva chocolate. It was deliciously rewarding and motivated me to do well on the next exam as well.
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m-app Premium
Writing stuff down is truly working out great and it makes a huge difference :)
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digichocolat Premium
My yearly goals list is now on my Tasklist to write! Pretty high up there in priority. Thanks for the reassurance again Steve! I better get to work now..
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dodieboy918 Premium
Boy, I needed to read somethin like that. Very timely that I found this video when I did. I just mentioned getting burned out to you the other night on chat. Reading that chilled me out.
P.s. I figured out the "dns settings ..... wrked like a charm steve , I owe ya!
Peace 》》》》》
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I relished your motivational guide, thanks a lot cos it will be of great help.
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SierraW23 Premium
Internet Marketing Goals-Short term
1) Create new website with new concept
2)Get my social platforms on board
3)Build a set schedule for this around class and work
4)Make some amount of money within first two months

Short-term (6 month)Personal Goals
1)Permit next week
2)License
3)Birthday Bash =)
4)Transfer successfully to new school

Long-term Goals(1 year)
1)Have a solid income
2)Finish revising and ability to publish novel
3)Car
4)working on moving from NY
5)Green living
6)Natural Hair Convention
7)GuitAR!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Write these down on a piece of paper and look at them every single day.
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SierraW23 Premium
I finally got around to reading this. Great advice! I definitely have to get on a better schedule starting this week! My niche ideas are good to go and now I just need to narrow one or two down.
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Moon Leong Premium
Hi Steve, for the past few days i was so immerse in the WA Getting Started training and forgotten to check my emails. It is only now i read yr email. THANK YOU FOR THE ASKING.
To start off I would like to set my short term goal here:-

Internet Marketing
- complete the 10 Getting Started Lessons by 6th Sept 2013
- CONSISTENT follow up work on my website (frankly at this point of time i m still very blur , don know what I have to do, but I foreseen it need follow up work)
- target to see result (at least $10.00/day by end of the year 2013)
- upgrade my WA membership to Premium by end of 2013
- with Premium membership, further equip myself with new knowledge in order to further venture into internet marketing
Personal
- able to do real shopping instead of window shopping
- throw a big gathering with all my family members to share my IM success
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ajones389 Premium
Thanks Steve! Just the push I needed today!
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IveTriedThat Premium
It's important to stay grounded. It's easy to get overwhelmed and want to give up. The push through the pain makes it all worth it in the end.
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1Growing Premium
Very, good advice! Thank you Steve
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SuccessDEUS Premium
Great Motivational ;) Thanks
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herbie72 Premium
Great advice Steve, I'm going to take it to heart. I do not want to fail for lack of preparation. I said this before and I'll say it again. I will be diligent!
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MarvinBayot Premium
Thanks steve, I admit with all this detailed stuff, I'm still wandering. maybe because I'm a newbie in the net. I need to focus on goals
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Hey just finished reading this guide, and I have to say I agree with your philosophy on goal-setting and the headway that can be made by utilizing such goals. I accepted your challenge to create my own blog with my goals listed, and as such here is the link to that blog!
my(dot)wealthyaffiliate(dot)com/birthright/blog/my-2013-goal-list
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Make sure to replace the (dot) with . so that you can properly access my blog. Enjoy!
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Love it! Thank you for breaking this down into easy "steps" to follow and incorporate into our lives.
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Susannah1947 Premium
I am impressed with this style of teaching and learning. I like that I can read it again if I miss an important point. Thank you!!!!
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Meghan021 Premium
Nice tutorial. Very thought provoking. Thanks.
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ddrivera Premium
Fantastic! Your advice goes so well with my 'Having It All' training....goals and tasks, so important. Yes, it can all be overwhelming so I like to remember that 'elephant - one bite at a time'! On that note...I better go get my goals written and organized!
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challenge will be met .. LOL Brilliant again your articles and trainings helped me Thank you Steve for introducing me to WA and helping me every time I turn around. Btw that list should be up tonight its again almost 3 am here lol
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Shiloh2 Premium
Very Nice!! Thank You :)
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powertree Premium
Wow Steve, I admire your way being so well organized and set up your goals. I think I'm in good hands here.
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Thank you Steve....really great motivational info and guidance...
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yasin Premium
I celebrate for 5 days then I realize I procrastinated haha
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david5717 Premium
Great Advice Steve making you goals accomplish-able and rewarding yourself after you finish one so you don't get burnt out.
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Wow! This makes me happy :) it helps alot.
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Thank you Steve!!
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Great information! Nothing will get done if you sit around feeling sorry for yourself! Thanks!
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Ema Premium
Great point: rewarding yourself!
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Good tip, going to work on a 2013 goal list.
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TLeeC Premium
A hand written list of weekly goals. Good idea. Thanks!
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PMV Premium
Hmm ... 2013 ...
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Thank you very much for sharing this motivation guide with us!
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Nice post Steve. I think I'll create a list myself... Not long left in 2012, so it might be a small list ;)
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I love you Steve and never met you :).....I love the motivation guide.
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deeprekha Premium
Thanks Steve for this motivation guide. You will shortly see my goal list-deeprekha
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JCY Premium
Thanks Steve. Will do.
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raf408 Premium
Iclicked on the link for your personal goal list but it said not found..??
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks! I've fixed the link so it is working again.
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raf408 Premium
Thanks for posting this guide, it has really given me some ideas and further motivation to really get started and stay focused.
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Steve: Your guide to short-term and long-term motivation is not anything I haven't seen before, but it really is relevant to working on any type of home-based business, because you're doing it for yourself and by yourself, and it helps to have some type of simple system to keep you connected with your self-created goals, without distraction. Thanks for the tips. It's doable.
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buernor12 Premium
Great stuff ... for a newbie like me, the timing couldn't be more right.
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Again Steve, that was great. I, again have to get back to these writings to stay on track. More important is to actually put them to work. Here I go....
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ECAffiliates Premium
I also really enjoy reading your work. Keeping the right mind set is very important and how to fix it when it's not on the right track. I was not a true believer in writing things down just because there is so much to read. Now I do! It keeps you going in a direction.
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Kalevi Premium
Another great post. I agree with just about everything. Some of the stuff you listed I've also been using in my personal life as well, especially in regards to losing weight. Having goals broken down into pieces as well as rewards for achieving them has been a great motivator for me in getting more exercise and eating healthier. Hopefully I can carry it over to learning IM!
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Awesome Steve!-All of the links you provided for Day 4 have an educational experience and great motivational eye opener!!!
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cjackson98 Premium
Thanks Steve!!!
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Making goals is important. I appreciate you sharing yours. I wrote mine down but do not know how to create a link.
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JoshE Premium
I had already done something similar to this before the WA - OEP was released. I called it "My 2012 Bucket List" :P

I'll be marking things off as I complete them so everyone will be able to see what I have achieved. You can find it at my blog. :)
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WAFF Premium
Awesome resource Steve! Love the way you write, and always enjoy and appreciate your contributions. Will post my goals tomorrow morning when I have a clearer head ;)

Appreciated.
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WayneBPK Premium
Im all in on this one Steve. Gemme a few days to (the boats are busiest on the weekends) to finish my first website then this is next!
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mcman187 Premium
This is totally awesome Steve, I love what I am doing but sometimes I just get stuck and don't know what to do. This post has gave me the motivation to keep going forward. I will try and get a goal list together and share it with everyone. I always enjoy reading all your posts.
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smokeywins Premium
This may have just been the push I needed to start writing more of my tasks down. For some reason I've kept personal, and business stuff in 2 separate areas, yet I am only one person who can only do so many things at once and will be following this up with a goals blog post of my own soon.
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AndreDaniel Premium
This is a great read Steve. Thank you. You reminded me of a post I made a long time ago where I did just this - challenge myself to complete a task and report on. What I will do is find it, bump it up and update my 2012 goals. I created it back in 09/10 if I recall but you have motivated me hold myself accountable once again within WA. I often take notes about what needs to be done and I agree it's a great way to complete tasks, especially if you're a scatter :)
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ToddT182 Premium
oh this is awesome!, I'm in. I accept your challenge sir!.
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IveTriedThat Premium
And I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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LexiThomas Premium
I use sticky notes every day for daily tasks!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Same here! I have a giant stack always at the ready.
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