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Remind Yourself of Goals

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Use your smartphone for a
daily goal reminder.

Having goals is a great way to get things done. You identify what you want to accomplish and set up an action plan to get there. The key to achieving those goals is doing something every day to move yourself forward.

It's that daily action that many people fail to take. Often the problem is simply that we don't remember. We get wrapped up in all the "busywork" of our lives. There is no regular reminder to prompt us into action.

What many people forget, is that most of us carry a reminder system with us almost everywhere we go. It's called a smartphone. Simply open up the calendar program and put in a goal that you want to work on every day. Then set it to remind you once or twice daily, for 30 days.

For example, if you're trying to eat healthier at work, you might want to pack your own lunch. So set up a reminder for when you go home to "Pack lunch for tomorrow." You could expand on that by putting reminders in on the weekend to "Plan lunches for the week" and "Shop for healthy food to put in lunches." When the notices pop up, it reminds you of those goals AND gives you an action to take.

Keep your reminders simple and action-oriented for the best results. But you don't have to limit it to one platform.

There was a great article written by Mauricio Estrella about how he used passwords to give himself daily reminders. Many corporate computer systems require you to change passwords every 30 days. Most of us hate the chore and resent being forced to figure out something new every month. But Mr. Estrella decided to use the passwords to improve himself.

He was going through a divorce, so his first one was trying to get over the anger he felt. The password he used for 30 days was Forgive@her. Every time he logged into his systems at work, he was reminded that he needed to forgive her.

It worked. In his own words, he said, "That simple action changed the way I looked at my ex wife. That constant reminder that I should forgive her, led me to accept the way things happened at the end of my marriage, and embrace a new way of dealing with the depression that I was drowning into."

Whenever he started to have a lapse, typing in that password brought him back to what he needed to do. At the end of the 30 days, his attitude had made a dramatic change. He decided the next password should be used as a way to deal with his smoking habit. He used "Quit@smoking4ever" and after a month, became a non-smoker. Each month Mauricio used the new password to remind himself of an important thing he should be doing or focusing on.

You can do the same. Of course, many people don't have a corporate system that prompts a new password monthly, so do it yourself. Set a reminder on your smartphone, once a month, to change the password of something you log into regularly. Then make that password your "goal" for the month.

For example, if you log into Facebook, Twitter or your email daily, change those passwords into goal reminders. You want to make sure those passwords are secure, so mix in upper and lower case letters, substitute numbers for letters and separate words with  symbols. You don't want your personal goal or password to be easy for a hacker to figure out.

Those reminders will only be as powerful as your will to carry them out. Take the time to DO something when you're confronted with them and don't simply wipe them off your screen. Many things that make profound changes to our lives, only need a few minutes of attention daily. Use planned reminders (through calendar programs) and random reminders (with password goals) to move you to action.

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