Book: VMOT

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Job # 1878 Book: VMOT

Posted Date
Aug 1, 2006 @ 01:44
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Sep 1, 2006
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I need my 105 page book to be read for an audio cd. There are about 22,000 words in the book. The book is divided into three main parts: an introduction to setting and achieving goals, a new approach to setting and achieving goals, and an exercise section.

Here is a sample of the text flow.

Setting Goals: The act of concisely identifying a desired outcome and a list of actions designed to achieve this outcome.

Setting Goals Is Easy
Setting goals is the first and easiest step you can take to bring change to your life now. Setting a goal is a simple, two-part process; all that is required is to first concisely identify a desired outcome you want to achieve in your life and then develop a list of actions that, when followed, will move you toward your desired outcome.

It is not difficult to identify a desired outcome you want in your life. In fact, the more casual you are during this process, the more enjoyable the experience will be. For instance, you can decide upon a goal for yourself, while walking, while in your car, or while lying down just before taking a nap.

The second part of setting a goal � creating a list of actions that need to be completed � is also easy. In fact, developing a list of actions is often a very straight-forward linear activity. Take the following two examples:

If John wants to lose 10 pounds before the summer because he believes he will look and feel better, he might list the following three steps as necessary for achieving this goal:

1. Eat less starting this Monday
2. Exercise three times a week
3. Record weight daily

Or, if Sally�s goal is to find a more rewarding job within two months, her steps might include:

1. Discuss desire with a close friend this weekend
2. Research job openings starting next Monday
3. Update resume within one week
4. Apply to new job prospects when openings are available
5. Accept the offer that meets her needs

While the second example offers a much more detailed list of actions for achieving the goal, both examples demonstrate the most common elements of effective goal-setting:

1. A clear and concise goal
2. A definite time frame
3. A motivation of need
4. An avenue for external feedback
5. A doable action plan

Creating An Effective Goal Statement
A Goal Statement is a statement expressing a desired outcome, along with two other important components: a definite time frame and a motivation of need. For instances, consider these two goal statements:

1. To go to the Gym / 3 times a week for 2 months / so I will be ready for the competition
2. To get a degree in American Literature / within four years / so I can work within this field

Both have a definite time frame (i.e. go to the Gym 3 times a week for 2 months and, a degree in American Literature within four years), and a motivation of need (i.e. so I will be ready for the competition and, so I can work within this field).

A definite time frame is important because it helps keep the goal contained. Without a definite time frame, there is no concrete way to know when the goal is �supposed� to be completed. Obviously, goals are sometimes achieved both earlier and later than expected. Your definite time frame will help you evaluate your efforts at specific junctures along the way. The evaluation of your efforts is essential in keeping your energies focused while pursuing your goal.

The motivation of need for a goal is important because it helps create purpose for taking action. When an action has a legitimate purpose, motivation will follow. Stating an invalid or irrational need for a goal diminishes motivation and will cause frustration during its pursuit, if it is pursued at all.

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