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Create a Structure for Your Success

Create a Structure for Your Success

Many of us spend our days thinking, talking, dreaming about what our lives could be like “if only. . .” We make resolutions, we follow a new diet, we start exercise routines–and then we give up, get too busy, and forget about what’s truly important to us.

Here are fifteen questions that can help you to create a structure that supports your true success. You can begin the rest of your life–successfully!–right now:

1. What is my vision?

2. What two goals will support me in moving toward my vision?

3. By when do I want to achieve these goals?

4. What is the exact scope of each goal? What is involved in their fulfillment?

5. What are the important milestones along the way to reaching these goals?

6. By when will I achieve these milestones?

7. What skills do I already have that will support me in reaching these goals?

8. What skills will I need to develop in order to reach these goals?

9. What assistance or support will I need?

10. How much of my time will be required on a daily or weekly basis?

11. How will I schedule this into my calendar?

12. What are the “No Cookie Zones” (fruitless time-wasting or self-sabotaging behaviors) that I need to watch out for?

13. Whom will I ask to hold me accountable for keeping my word and staying on track?

14. What are the consequences of not following my plan?

15. What is the reward for following my plan and achieving my goals?

Read more: Spirit, Guidance

Adapted from The Best Year of Your Life, by Debbie Ford (HarperSanFrancisco, 2005). Debbie Ford will appear in person at the Omega Being Fearless Conference, 3/31-4/2. For information:

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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1:42AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Interesting article.

10:50PM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

wow that was really great, i will use this

5:57AM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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9:01AM PDT on Apr 18, 2010

This Checklist was very helpful. I have been so lost since my mother died in December, that I can't seem to get my bearings, to do anything. Everything seems so vastly overwhelming, that I don't know where to begin. This article gives me some places to start. Thanks.

3:48PM PDT on Apr 17, 2010

useful & helpful

11:54AM PDT on Apr 17, 2010

Decided to print out!

11:52AM PDT on Apr 17, 2010

I am on disability and used to always have goals. This is a great reminder! I have sort-of buried myself with Care2 lately, though within the site I have set goals. Thanks again.

8:39PM PDT on Aug 13, 2008

I run a Project Management site ( ), and almost all the points in your article are actually applied in the Project Management realm.

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