Managing your goals essentially boils down to personal management, how you manage your "self" over a period of time. How you manage yourself over a period of time is what's known as time management, which is the essence of life management. Life management is about taking control over your ability to respond, your response-ability towards situations and events. As the awareness of your need to be responsible grows, so does your ability to consciously influence the sequence of events in your life that you desire to act upon.

Whether you believe it or not, we always have the choice to choose our response to any situation. It's this ability that is part of the divine gift that makes us human and separates us from animals. When we shed our animal instincts you become aware to the fact that you are always free to choose where you focus your attention. Where your attention goes energy flows and results will show, so if you want to see where you've been paying the most attention just take a look around. If where you have put your attention in the past makes you unhappy or uncomfortable, then chances are you are ready to commit to making some changes. This is important because the commitment to action is the crucial first step of setting any goal.

One of the most important keys to achieving any goal you set is the process that determines what, where, why, and how much to focus your attention. Your ability to choose between the important and the unimportant is the key determinant of your success in life and business. Effective, productive people discipline themselves to start on the most important task that is before them. The ability to concentrate on the next task in sequential order from start to finish is a challenging habit to acquire. Goal achievers make a habit of forcing themselves to complete whatever it is that they don't particularly want or like to do. As a result, they accomplish vastly more than the average person and are much happier as a result.

The following 11 questions will keep you focused day-to-day on achieving your goals:

Morning Questions:

# 1. What good can I do today? What good can I contribute to?

# 2. In what way can I become a little bit better today? Learn and apply one new idea each day to help you to become more productive and effective at your work.

# 3. Make a list of all the key goals, activities, projects and responsibilities in your life today. Which of them are, or could be, in the top 10% or 20% of tasks that represent, or could represent, 80% or 90% of your results?

# 4. Before you begin work, always ask yourself, “Is this task in the top 20% of my activities or in the bottom 80%?

Mid-Day Questions:

# 5. Does what I am doing right now fit my life purpose and support my highest dreams and aspirations?

# 6. Can the item I am working on be delegated? Can the item be bartered? Is this action/item truly needed?

# 7. What is one thing that I don't want to do today, but if I did it, it would move my life and/or my business forward? How would me and/or my business benefit from doing it? What am I unwilling to do that would move me toward achieving my innermost dreams and desires?

# 8. When in doubt ask yourself: What would the new me do? What would the old me do? What would love do?

Evening Questions:

# 9. How did what I focused on today bring me closer to the ideal energy, prosperity, and abundance I want?

# 10. Make a quick list of uncompleted tasks and goals record reasons for in-completion and recommendations for success.

# 11. What good have I done today? How have I contributed to something good?

Author's Bio: 

Russell "The Success Sensei" Small is passionate about awakening the giant spirits within others and uses mediums such as writing, consulting, and coaching to pursue his mission of positively impacting and permanently influencing the lives hundreds of thousands of people.

As a self-aware student of life Russell has been consciously manifesting his intended experiences for over 10 years and enthusiastically helps committed people to achieve their wildest dreams and usually in half the time expected.

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