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The True Elixir of Lifeā€¦ Bold Action! / Taking Action!Wednesday 01/16/2013
DirkDirk Cummins / MainStreetChamber - Houston
Chapter President / State Director

713-609-9805

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Taking Action!

 

Action! We all know that to be able to build a successful business, we must take action. The question is … What Action?

 

Before we take action we need to know where we want to take our business. Hmmm … sounds a lot like I have to go through the dreaded goal setting exercise that has never makes me any money! Well you’re half right! Most goal setting exercises don’t make you any money because they are more philosophical than actionable. I have found a way to set goals that is simple and actionable.

 

Set SMART goals; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based. This system can be used for long term goals, short term goals, as well as daily goals. Let’s take a look at how to use the SMART system. By the way, this system does not cost you a dime.

 

1 year SMART GOAL

Step one – SPECIFIC:  $200,000 in revenues

Step two – MEASURABLE: Yes

Step three – ACHIEVABLE: Yes, this 25% higher than last year

Step four – RELEVANT: Yes, this fits into my long term wealth building

Step five – TIME-BASED: Yes, 1 year

 

1 month SMART GOAL

Step one – SPECIFIC:  $16,666 in revenues

Step two – MEASURABLE: Yes

Step three – ACHIEVABLE: Yes,

Step four – RELEVANT: Yes, this fits into my one year goal

Step five – TIME-BASED: Yes, 1 month (20 days)

 

Daily SMART GOAL

Step one – SPECIFIC:  $833 in revenues

Step two – MEASURABLE: Yes

Step three – ACHIEVABLE: Yes

Step four – RELEVANT: Yes, this fits my 1 month goal

Step five – TIME-BASED: Yes, daily

 

Here is how you chart your actionable items. In my business I know I must reach out and touch 10 new people every day to generate $833 per day.

 

Actions

Step one – SPECIFIC:  40 phone calls or 15 in-person visits

Step two – MEASURABLE: Yes

Step three – ACHIEVABLE: Yes, if I block the time and make it priority number one

Step four – RELEVANT: Yes and absolutely must be done

Step five – TIME-BASED: Yes, TODAY

 

Have fun and get excited! You will accomplish your goals and make your dreams come true.

 


 

About Our Show Advisor: Dirk Cummins is a practicing financial consultant who attended the University of Virginia at Quantico, Virginia while serving in the United States Marine Corps. He is a CHARTERED FINANCIAL CONSULTANT® (ChFC®), and has completed the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®)certification curriculum. Dirk is also a CERTIFIED DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYST™ (CDFA™). Dirk's areas of specialization include business and individual planning. Dirk's professional career began in 1974 in his hometown of Canton, Ohio. In 1978 he accepted a position with Lineberry Financial Group and relocated to Houston. He has held various positions within the financial services industry prior to starting his own firm. Dirk has been involved with numerous volunteer groups and is currently serving as the President of the MainStreetChamber Houston Chapter and State Director for the MainStreetChamber. He has also served on the Advisory Board for the Academy of Finance at Spring Branch ISD and on the Pro Bono Committee for the Financial Planning Association Houston chapter. He has also served as Past President of the Crossroads Chapter of Services Cooperative Association as well as a member of the Board of Directors. He has also served as an Advisory Board member of the Entrepreneurial Development Center and a member of the Board of Directors of Women Achieving Independence & Financial Success. He was a Republican Party Precinct Chair in Harris County, and an Election Judge in Harris County.

 

Dirk Cummins is the President of MainStreetChamber, LLC

 

Dirk Cummins is the President of MainStreetChamber. Dirk is an advocate of the MainStreetChamber philosophy of  “Give First and Expect Nothing In Return”. Dirk, a serial entrepreneur, reaches out to small businesses every day to help them grow their business by creating revenue where none existed before.

 

MainStreetChamber is a nationwide membership organization dedicated to the success of small business.

 

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