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Effective goal setting

If you are a leader who has had a lapse in maintaining your New Year's resolutions, it may be time to set a new goal for yourself. Here are seven tips for goal setting from two-time U.S. Olympian Alan Culpepper (from the November 2013 issue of Competitor magazine).

Setting goals.
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Here are his seven tips for setting goals, whether are your workplace or away-from-work goals:

  1. Be clear and specific about what it is you are trying to accomplish.
  2. Set intermediate goals that complement a long-term goal.
  3. Shoot high, but recognize the importance of a natural progression.
  4. Write your goals down.
  5. Review your goals periodically.
  6. Remind yourself often why you are working on your goal.
  7. And, remember even if you don't hit your goal, there is satisfaction the process.

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