Do these sound like promises you’ve made to yourself?
Once I get the promotion, I’ll feel like my career is on track.
After this busy period, I won’t have to work so much and can spend time doing things I enjoy.
When I make six-figures, I’ll be financially secure enough to move across the country/start a family/write a book.
In our goal-oriented society, setting an objective to work toward is often a powerful motivator that drives professional and personal progress. Read more
By Janet Choi
Go big or go home. Shoot for the stars. Aim high. These types of platitudes could be holding you back, because they’re distracting you from all the small things.
A kind word or a moment of honest listening can be enough fuel to keep you going. Doing one push-up a day, writing one line a day seems laughably easy and ridiculously unambitious — but that’s how you build a practice. Read more
By Nic Ferguson
Being honest, my biggest challenge is self-discipline — or lack of! And it’s an area I grow more aware of and want to challenge daily.
The trouble is, I find it hard to do what I say I want to do! For example, my intention was to write from 5.30am this morning, and guess what, it’s just gone 6am.
This isn’t uncommon for me and it gets on my nerves. Or rather, I should say, I get on my nerves. Self-discipline has been the biggest obstacle in the pursuit of my goals. Read more
What does your calendar reveal about you? If I looked at your schedule next month, is it readily apparent what activities and goals you’ve created to further develop yourself?
You calendar can change your life… if you’ll use those 12 months as a strategic plan for becoming the best you can be. Every month, try setting four kinds of goals: Read more
Over the past few years, I’ve struggled with staying consistent with goals that I set for myself. I would make goals, legitimate things I wanted learn, or ways I wanted to better myself, and not stick to it. For instance, I attempted quite a few times to gain conversational fluency in a language, make exercising, healthy eating, and meditation on a daily basis a life habit. I would do my goal for a few weeks or even a few months, and then fall off, whether it be due to a shift in my schedule or if I suddenly became more busy. That was extremely frustrating, not being able to stick to the goals I set for myself. I’m sure almost everyone can relate to falling short of the expectations you set for yourself. I would constantly make excuses like, “I’m in New York, it’s almost impossible to plan a consistent schedule.” Read more
“It is one thing to Exist and quite another to Live. The difference between the two is the foundation of purpose.” ― Michael Quansah
I had what could be classified as a mini crisis of self the other day. I was running around (being crazy busy) and doing all sorts of things, but the sense of purpose was missing. I decided that night as I fell into my bed that I didn’t want to just make it through each day; I wanted to live each day purposefully. I had no clue what that even meant, let alone how to begin and I still haven’t figured it all out, but here are a few things I have discovered: Read more
Whether it’s a career change, a new skill you’re trying to master, or a big presentation lingering on your to-do list, we often delay complex projects only to later realize they weren’t quite as impossible as we’d imagined. So what’s standing in the way? According to Sam Bennett, author ofStart Right Where You Are, if we can’t visualize every stage from start to finish, we’re often too scared to jump in: “In school we’re taught to know the answers before we’re tested.” But we don’t always need to think that far ahead. Taking just one stride toward an achievement can give you the momentum you need to keep going—and might even clarify what comes next. These ideas will help you make major headway, step-by-step. Read more
By Jim L. Smith
Most of us realize the power and benefit of setting goals. Generally that’s reserved for the beginning of a new year as a means to motivate us to move toward accomplishing something worthwhile. However, goal setting can be very helpful throughout the year and even on a daily basis. Read more
By Amy Morin
Psychology often discusses mental health — but what’s not often discussed is a clear definition of mental strength. To me, mental strength means that you regulate your emotions, manage your thoughts, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances. Developing mental strength is about finding the courage to live according to your values and being bold enough to create your own definition of success. Read more
Successful people don’t achieve their goals by chance. Nor do they possess superior skills. And they don’t make it to the top because of someone they know. Real success is earned.
That is especially true in the world of fitness. Whether you have or you haven’t reached your fitness goals, the reason is you. If you’re among those who haven’t had success at getting in better shape, losing weight or improving your health in other ways, it isn’t too late. There are things you can do to turn the tide and make your goals attainable.
Here are three things that separate successful people from those who fall short in meeting their fitness goals (or, really, any goals in life). Read more