Business Goals - The 10 Commandments


The Ten Commandments of Goal Setting
While it's good to set goals and work them into a proper plan, the fact is many people succeed in business without setting any goals. Be careful not to set your goals too high. You should have goals that are achievable, otherwise frustration will set in and you are more likely to give up.

There are certain features or strategies that you can build into your goals resulting in success.

Some of these are set out below:

  • Thou shalt have a Vision.
    You need to have a vision. As the saying goes; "Without a vision the people perish." Everything starts off with a vision. The great sky scrapers we have, the enormous business that have been built, the amazing inventions that are being used and the race to conquer the moon all started off with someone having a vision.
  • By vision we don't mean airy-fairy dreams in the night or other 'fluffy' type pictures or voices from beyond. A vision arises either from a realisation that there is a need for a particular product or particular service or from something that you have been passionate about for a long time or simply from a good idea.

  • Thou Shalt Always Plan.
    Sit down and plan starting with the end result that you want to achieve and then work backwards. If your goal is to develop a new type of machine then work from the end result you want to achieve, working your plan backwards, starting from the design and financing stage. Always have a plan. Measure your plan against the actual development of the project from time to time.
  • Thou Shalt Account.
    Look around and work with others. Listen to other people's ideas and suggestions. Talk to those who have expertise in the area that you are getting involved in. Make yourself accountable to someone else or another group and work frequently with them to assess how your project is developing and if necessary, make changes along the way. It is easier for you to measure your progress if you have a team involved. Even though you should always make the final decision, make sure you have a team you can discuss these things with and listen to before going too far down the track.
  • Thou Shalt Stay Confident.
    Be confident in yourself and your ability. Don't set yourself goals that your heart tells you are unreachable. Many people make resolutions only to fail within a few weeks of making them. If your goal is to develop your business to a turnover of $1million a year then believe that you can do it. If your goal is to be healthy and fit, then imagine yourself exercising every other day.
  • Thou Shalt Work with Others.
    Make sure that you secure the services of other people to help you. Don't be a lone ranger and try and attempt everything yourself. It is always good to have a mentor or business coach handy who you can use as a bouncing board. Don't try to complete your goals on your own. Look for the support and assistance of others at all times.
  • Thou Shalt Have Good Recordkeeping.
    You need to keep good records. If you are in business make sure that your paperwork is clean and clear and that the system you have in place recording all transactions is adequate for the task. Even though there is extra time involved, it is imperative that you ensure good records and your paperwork is detailed in every way.
  • Thou Shalt Be Realistic.
    Set yourself goals that are not only achievable but are realistic. If you think we can achieve $200,000 a year in extra sales then it is better to achieve that and increase it to $300,000 dollars than to set the goal of $300,000 and achieve only $200,000. Most people feel they have failed if they do not achieve the goals set down in their plan.

    It is best to set a goal a little above what you believe you can do so you are challenged. If you would like to achieve $500,000 worth of sales in the current year then aim for $750,000 in your plan. If you miss your planned goals and only achieve $500,000, you have in fact succeeded. If for some reason you achieve $750,000 then you have exceeded your minimum expectations and can rate yourself as being very successful.

  • Thou Shalt Be Enthusiastic.
    Be passionate and excited with what you are doing. It is amazing what passion can do. There is no more powerful force that will motivate you to succeed then having passion within yourself. It is really hard work all the way if you are not passionate.
  • Thou Shalt Enjoy and Balance.
    Try and enjoy what you are doing. Try and enjoy the thrill of working to achieve your goals. Balance your life so its not all work. Make sure there is some play. A balanced person in business will achieve far more than someone who is focused totally on the business side and other things while ignoring friends, family and other activities. Too many people work late into the night in their office rather than closing up at 5 or 6 pm and having some fun. It is easy to get jaded and lose motivation if your only environment is around business affairs.

    The enjoyment of family and friends and other associates or experiencing sport and other activities will give you a fresh lease in life so that when you return to the office to do business work the benefits from the other activities will definitely kick in. There is nothing wrong with taking a break and having a change from time to time once you feel things are going tough or your creativity is drying up.

  • Thou Shalt Never Quit.
    Don't ever give up. Sometimes things get a little difficult. Sometimes achieving your goals is just over the horizon. Many people give up just when success is close. Make sure you keep bringing yourself back to the reasons why you set up in your business or looked at achieving your goals in the first place.

    If for some reason you don't achieve your initial goals - don't give it away. Make adjustments to your goals and start afresh. There is nothing more powerful than the human spirit. It is amazing what you can achieve when you set your heart on it. The old saying is "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." We can learn a lot from this.

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    Parliamentary committee advises caution over development funds channelled through private education, citing insufficient evidence of boost to learning

    There is a lack of evidence to support spending aid money on private education providers, said MPs on the international development committee (IDC).

    In its report, the committee cited concerns that private schools are not accessible to the poorest and most marginalised children. More research is needed to determine the role of private schools in widening access to education, it said.

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    With little sign of promised government help, hundreds of families displaced by the disaster in August now face eviction from government shelters

    The government of Sierra Leone has started closing down the emergency camps housing hundreds of families displaced by August’s deadly landslides, despite many people saying they still have nowhere to go.

    After heavy rains triggered floods and a landslide in Freetown on 14 August, killing an estimated 1,000 people and displacing three times that number, survivors moved into temporary camps while awaiting permanent resettlement, as promised by the Sierra Leonean government.

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    Unicef says young people feel their voices are unheard on global issues, as study finds prospects for 180 million worldwide bleaker than those of their parents

    A poll of children from 14 countries reveals how deeply worried they are about terrorism, poverty and poor education, and how mistrustful of adults and leaders in making good decisions for them.

    Children in Britain and South Africa feel the most disenfranchised when it comes to decisions made that affect them, while those in India feel the most empowered, according to the Unicef survey. Analysis by the UN agency, released on Monday, also found that despite global progress, one in 12 children – or 180 million worldwide – still live in countries where their futures look bleaker than those of their parents.

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    As allegations of abuse come to light concerning the UN and charities, we want to hear your stories of working in the humanitarian sector

    Allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have hit Hollywood and politicians, and the #MeToo movement has gathered momentum. Now, international charities and humanitarian agencies are coming under scrutiny.

    Last week, Save the Children announced it had fired 16 members of staff over reports of sexual harassment in the past year. This follows an announcement by Oxfam that it had dismissed 22 people over similar allegations. Earlier this month the United Nations revealed that it had received 31 new cases alleging sexual abuse or exploitation by UN personnel between July and September. Of these cases, 12 involved military personnel from peacekeeping operations.

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    Two and a half months after Barbuda was battered by 185mph winds, the island remains ruined and largely uninhabitated. Now locals are questioning if people will ever return

    Walking the streets of the small Caribbean island of Barbuda on a Friday afternoon, you are likely to see more goats than humans.

    Dogs, cats and horses, all of which roam freely about the island now that fences are down, also seem to outnumber people. The streets are empty and the houses – at least the ones still standing – are abandoned. The island is like a ghost town.

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    It was the oldest asylum in the Balkans. Now the doors are unlocked and patients are living new lives in the community

    High walls still surround the oldest asylum in the Balkans, an 18th-century building pocked with the artillery scars of last century’s civil war, but the gates are no longer locked. Handles have been replaced on internal doors and bars removed from windows.

    “The jail,” said Darko Kovaoic, a 53-year-old poet with schizophrenia who lives here, “has broken open.”

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    Donald Trump is radically reshaping the same federal courts that have been the biggest bulwark against his agenda – by picking mostly white, conservative men

    Donald Trump has sustained more than his fair share of political losses during the first 10 months of his presidency, mostly at the hands of the federal courts.

    It was the federal courts that struck down his “Muslim travel ban” on three separate occasions, that blocked his ban on trans people in the military and that did the same to his attempt to defund so-called sanctuary cities.

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    Resignation of Robert Mugabe greeted with relief in Beijing, which for years was autocratic leader’s most powerful ally

    Confirmation of Robert Mugabe’s ouster prompted revelry on the streets of Harare. “The Goblin has gone!” raved one.

    Thousands of miles away in Beijing – for years Mugabe’s most powerful backer – there were no obvious signs of jubilation.

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    As jubilation erupts in the streets at the resignation of Zimbabwe’s president how will the downfall affect the rulers of Uganda, DRC, Rwanda and Burundi?


    The fate of Robert Mugabe, who ran Zimbabwe with iron discipline for more than 30 years, will send a chill down the spines of other autocratic African leaders who may have out-stayed their welcome.

    General Constantino Chiwenga, the armed forces chief, kicked away the military prop supporting Mugabe’s presidency last week. Mass protests in Harare, Bulawayo and other cities showed the president had lost popular support. On Tuesday, Mugabe’s party comrades began the process of impeaching him, leading finally to his long overdue resignation.

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    Historically, African takeovers have been seismic and violent, but now participants are more wary of international opinion

    It looked like a coup from a movie: a convoy of armoured vehicles, the president under house arrest, and the general on the nation’s screens talking of “restoring stability” in the small hours of the morning.

    But since the military takeover in Zimbabwe a week ago events have departed from the script. President Robert Mugabe has not been harmed and remains in power, at least theoretically. When he refused to resign on live television on Sunday night, there were no repercussions. To oust him, parliament are using a cumbersome process of impeachment.

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    The local stage and film industry is small and speaking out carries bigger risks. But behind closed doors, a storm is brewing

    Did you hear about the stand-up comedian? High-profile, well-known – and banned from several local venues because he touches up the female comedians. No one’s gonna talk about it – “not until he dies in an alcohol-fuelled car accident”, a friend from the scene has said. But the women don’t like him. They don’t feel safe when he’s around.

    What about the young male theatre maker? Before he started getting main stage gigs he was still doing shows on the fringe, and became obsessed with a woman also working with one of the theatres. He got her number, would not stop calling her, told her that he was in love with her, and one night, when she was at work, he cornered her. She just started bellowing until someone heard and intervened. She told the artistic director what happened; the man agreed to stop calling her, and to stay away from her when his show was on. But that was it.

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    The FDP’s Lindner has been painted as the villain but the chancellor must bear some responsibility for other parties’ reluctance to work with her CDU

    After exploratory talks to form Germany’s next government collapsed in dramatic fashion shortly before midnight on Sunday, the culprit was quickly found: Christian Lindner, the cocksure leader of the pro-business Free Democratic party (FDP) who had staged a well-orchestrated walkout, makes an all-too convincing villain of the piece.

    But in the coming weeks German media will have to ask whether the real reason for the political paralysis in Europe’s biggest economy ultimately lies with another politician: Angela Merkel, the incumbent chancellor.

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    From the referendum campaign onwards, Brexiters have ignored the dire implications for Ireland. The neglect is a political and moral failure alike

    Throughout his career, Gerry Adams relentlessly singled out the British government for the blame in Ireland’s troubles. In truth, the responsibility for Northern Ireland’s miseries was widely shared, not least with the IRA and Sinn Féin, of which Mr Adams has been for so long the chief strategist. Yet it is ironic that the Sinn Féin leader announced his retirement from frontline politics at the weekend. For Mr Adams is stepping down at the very moment when a British government is unambiguously the sole cause of a massively hostile act against Ireland, north and south, in the form of a hard Brexit.

    From start to finish, Conservative Brexiters have shown that they simply could not care less about Ireland. In the referendum campaign, few gave even a passing thought to the impact of a leave vote on the relationship between Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK and the republic. When the vote went their way – though they lost in Northern Ireland – the Brexiters then gave bland assurances that the decision would make absolutely no difference to the island’s soft border, the legacy of the peace process, or north-south and east-west cooperation.

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    Comrade Bob and Grace may go, but little good will come if power is retained in the hands of Zanu-PF septuagenarians

    Drive any distance anywhere in Zimbabwe beyond the upmarket Borrowdale neighbourhood in Harare, where Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are detained in their sprawling mansion, and the scale of the challenges facing what was once one of the wealthiest countries in Africa is evident.

    In the capital, the roads are potholed, outside they are cracked and crumbling. Banks are so short of cash that people wait hours to withdraw even tiny sums. The only jobs are in government service, yet salaries are rarely paid. The best and the brightest have long fled abroad. Warehouses are empty, fields lie fallow. The busiest store in rural villages is the “bottle shop”, selling dirt-cheap spirits.

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    This is a man who has been accused of sexual assault, harassment, groping, overt misogyny and more dozens of times over. His hypocrisy is galling

    As if it weren’t enough that every day is bringing a new allegation of harassment or assault against a powerful man, the most powerful serial harasser in the country decided to weigh in over Twitter. This is a man who has been accused of sexual assault, harassment, groping, overt misogyny and more dozens of times over.

    A man who has called his daughter a “piece of ass,” who walked into the dressing rooms of teenagers and who said he found Paris Hilton attractive when she was 12 years old. How dare he, truly.

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    Congress has yet to settle on a final draft of a tax-cut bill but if you’re rich, a corporation or your name is Donald Trump you could be in luck

    Over the Thanksgiving break Congress will have time to start digesting Donald Trump’s plans to implement the largest tax overhaul in a generation. It already has Trump’s critics – and several leading Republicans – reaching for the Tums.

    According to the president, the tax plans had some simple aims: to spur business investment by cutting corporate taxes, give middle-class America a tax break and simplify a byzantine tax system. It hasn’t proved quite so simple, or palatable. With two versions of the bill now under discussion in Congress, the final shape of the plan is still unclear but some losers and winners are emerging. The clear winners? Rich people and corporations. The clear losers? Poor people, the vulnerable. And America.

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    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world including daily life in Honduras, politics in London, Libyan bikers and famine in Yemen

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    Ratko Mladić has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of genocide by a UN tribunal at The Hague. He ordered the murders of more than 8,000 men and boys at Srebrenica during the Bosnian civil war in 1995 and then spent 14 years in hiding before his arrest

    Ratko Mladić convicted of war crimes and genocide at UN tribunal

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    An estimated 300 people live in the flood tunnels underneath Las Vegas, and many of them struggle with substance abuse and addiction. Paul Vautrinot was one of them, but he now works for the community organization Shine a Light, which offers services including housing and counseling to people living in the tunnels. Vautrinot visits the tunnels regularly to try to help residents find a way out

    • Outside in America is a year-long series on homelessness in the western US. The project focuses on people on the frontline of a devastating crisis and enables readers to take action to help solve the problem. Find out more and sign up to our monthly newsletter
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    Ratko Mladić is removed from the courtroom of the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on Wednesday, the day of his conviction from genocide and war crimes

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    The UN command has released a dramatic video showing the desperate dash to freedom made by a North Korean soldier. The video released on Wednesday shows the defector driving a jeep past North Korean checkpoints before he crashes the vehicle, jumps out and runs for his life, pursued by North Korean soldiers who are firing on him. One of the soldiers gives chase as he crosses the border but turns back. The vision also shows the man collapsed after being shot five or six times before he is rescued by South Korean soldiers


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    Donald Trump finally weighed in on the sexual misconduct allegations that have engulfed the Senate candidate Roy Moore. Asked if he was ready to talk about Moore, Trump said, ‘[Moore] denies it. Look, he denies it. He says it didn’t happen. You’re talking about … he said 40 years ago this did not happen.’ Trump’s comments come as the Moore campaign has stepped up its campaign against the allegations. They have repeatedly described the allegations as part of a campaign by the ‘fake news’ and the ‘Republican establishment’ to defeat Moore

    Donald Trump appears to back Roy Moore: ‘Look, he denies it. He denies it’

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    Watched by wife Melania, son Barron and daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, Donald Trump used his powers of leniency on Tuesday to spare a pair of turkeys, Drumstick and Wishbone, from the Thanksgiving pot. The US president plans to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida

    ‘Drumstick, you are hereby pardoned’: Trump spares his first Thanksgiving turkey

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    Robert Mugabe finally announced his retirement after days of political pressure and public demonstrations on the streets of Zimbabwe. Car horns blared and cheering crowds raced through the streets of the capital, Harare, as news spread that the president had resigned after his 37-year reign of autocratic control crumbled within days of a military takeover

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    The Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, has finally resigned following a military takeover. The 93-year-old has led Zimbabwe’s since independence from Britain. In recent years disastrous policies have led to hyperinflation, international sanctions and economic ruin

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    Celebrations spread through the streets of Harare after it was announced that the president had resigned. Though some still consider Mugabe a hero of the liberation struggle, many more revile him as a dictator prepared to sacrifice the economic wellbeing of 16 million people to remain in power

    Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe

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