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Act On Your Goals

How are people doing at meeting your expectations on your goals?

Once people know my expectations, they do a much better job at meeting them. I've learned not to make anyone into a mind reader, because no one is any good at that.

Setting expectations is critical. Communicating those expectations is necessary. Acting on those expectations sets the important example for others to follow.

The world responds to action more than expectations.

Actions make your intent undeniable. Actions show your resolve. Actions get things done. Action propel others into actions.

Act relentlessly on your plan, and your plan will achieve your goals.

--  Doug Smith



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