GoalsOnTrack Blog

A systematic approach to achieving goals and getting results.

How to Plan for the Next 5 Years

By Mike Templeman

Where do you see yourself in five years? Will you be a workaholic on Wall Street, living the simple life in America’s heartland or will you be a successful entrepreneur with a million-dollar business? If you are reading this article, I am guessing your answer is the latter.

While trendy strategies come and go, there is no substitute for classic goal setting. Here are a few tried-and-true tactics to propel your business to success. Read more

How To Be Productive In 8 Hours

By Capital Campus

With four months already done and dusted in 2017, many are evaluating their year’s goals, sizing what they have achieved and what goals they are yet to met. The first quarter of the year is almost over and days seem to be getting longer. How does one remain productive despite the fatigue and distractions that come from life?

Here are a few tips to make the best of every day.
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10 Simple Habits To Grow A Positive Attitude

By Megan Wycklendt

The Challenge: Having a negative attitude keeps us from being happy and impacts the people we interact with.
The Science: Science tells us that having a positive attitude has a direct connection with happiness and success.
The Solution: Make positivity a habit by making these small adjustments to your daily life and mindset!

Our life is a reflection of our attitude. Without even noticing it, it can be easy to become negative and cynical towards the world as we are continuously exposed to  tragedy and injustice in the media and as we experience our own heartache and distress.

Not only is a negative attitude preventing you from fully enjoying your life, it can have a significant impact on your environment. The energy a person brings with them is contagious. One of the best things you can offer your family, organization or community is your positive attitude.

In the wise words of Michael Jackson, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” As creatures of habit, by making small adjustments to your daily life and mindset, positive habits can be formed to make yourself and everyone you interact with happier.  Here is a list of 10 habits that can turn a gloomy outlook into an effortlessly optimistic attitude.  Read more

5 Steps To Rebuild Your Habits

By Elles Lohuis Ph.D.

It happens, we slip up with whatever is healthy and good for us. Whether it is food, exercise, getting up early or other good habits… it’s okay to let it slip for a while as long as we’re aware of it (and we are – admit it!).

We can easily pull ourselves up again. How? By taking these 5 action steps – right here, right now: Read more

How to Achieve Your Goals By Honoring Your Life

By Kenneth Isom Barnes

Each of us has moments when we start thinking very deeply about life; moments where we have to ask ourselves one question: Is this what I want to do with my life?

If your answer to that question is yes, then I congratulate you for doing what you think is best for you. Unfortunately, some of us can’t say yes to that question. Maybe we’ve had a series of bad turns that start us thinking about what else we could be doing to improve our lives. If you are in that situation, this might be of help.

I am sharing a few keys to life that have helped me through my own journey. No matter who you are, these are nuggets of wisdom that might cause you to grow. Read more

How to Sustain Motivation When You’re Trying to Reach a Goal

By Kristin Wong

Goals are easy to set but hard to reach, and maintaining your motivation is everything (which is why focusing on a system is so much better than focusing on the goal itself). A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology sheds some light on what motivates us best.

Researchers looked at how subjects handled their goal-setting, depending on how far along they were in accomplishing the goal. Specifically, they looked at two different styles of motivation: promotion and prevention. Read more

Dream Big and Achieve Your Goals

By Annika Braun

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  – Thomas A. Edison

One of the biggest lessons I have learned during my experience as a coach is the importance to never stop dreaming about the next big goal. There are different types of goals – tangible goals, goals that require to reach a little further, lofty goals, big goals, and dream goals. It is important to recognize which category your goal may be in and know the reality of achieving the goal, however, it is still good to dream. Read more

The Secret to Achieving a Big Goal

By Christopher Bergland

What is the secret to achieving a big goal? Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) and Harvard University have found that even offering meaningless small rewards increases human motivation. Even if the rewards are arbitrary, the simple act of ‘winning’ a token reward inspires people to keep working towards a larger goal. Read more

Success Determined by Ambitions


Success is something that almost all college students want to achieve one day. They set goals for themselves, work hard and do everything to become successful. Of course some students struggle and fall as time goes on.

Plattsburgh State University adjunct lecturer in the English department Aimee Baker, who is also an author of a book, said, for her personally, she always sets goals for herself, and after those goals have been achieved, she sets more goals for herself.

“I don’t know at what level I will finally feel, like, personally successful,” Baker said.

Baker said the way she can tell if someone else is successful is if that person is pursuing what they value, working in the field that they like or achieving different benchmarks or milestone.

“For instance, a stay-at-home parent who wants to be a stay-at-home parent,” Baker said. “If that is your goal and that is what you’re doing and you’re doing it well, it is success.”

PSUC junior political science student Antwan Clark said that success is complicated, but to him it means he has accomplished everything he envisioned to do.

“This goes to career wise, education, making sure I complete law school and making sure I complete any type of occupational goals that I want to do,” Clark said.

Being able to practice law, he also said having the chance to practice politics and making a huge change to society is what success means to him.

PSUC senior psychology major Lauren Martinchek said that success is the ability to go after what one wants and do whatever it takes to accomplish those goals.

Baker said she always assumed she would be successful as soon as a goal is achieved, but she hasn’t yet.

“I was like OK as soon as I get a book I will feel successful, and now that I’ve got a book, I look at other people who have like four or five books, and I’m like ‘I have to work on my hustle,’” Baker said.

She also said that she doesn’t know what it would take for her to feel like she’s personally successful.

Clark said that there is never an end to the path of success. He said there are different types of short-term, mid-term, and long-term success.

“Whenever you accomplish those, hopefully you can celebrate, and be thankful that you had the opportunity to actually accomplish those goals,” Clark said.

Martinchek said in order to really know whether one is successful, it must come from inside.

“When you take a step back and see what’s been going on and what you have accomplished, you can tell whether you are successful or not,” Martinchek said.

Baker said she sets her goals and breaks the bigger goals down into smaller ones to encourage herself to be more successful and driven.

“To get to where I need to go, I do individual goals,” She said. “I constructed a five-year plan for myself and every month have something that I need to do.”

By thinking about how to stay successful, Clark said it keeps him driven and makes him want to succeed.

“When I think about it, I think that there’s probably someone out there that has the same goals as me, but they’re actually working towards their goals,” Clark said. “What can I do, what can I offer, or what can I do more to place me in the best situation possible to accomplish my goals.”

Martinchek said she sets goals for herself and deadlines to reach those goals, which helps her on her path of prosperity and staying motivated.

“It keeps you motivated to achieve it because if you see the deadlines, you will work harder for it,” she said.

The Huffington Post said that there are seven challengers that can get in the way of someone’s success. These seven factors include age, negativity, toxic people, what others think, fear, the past or future and lastly, the state of the world.

One’s success is driven by that person’s mindset. With discipline and focus, that person can ensure that these seven obstacles never hold them back from reaching their full potential according to the Huffington Post.

How To Reach Your Goals Using Mindfulness

By Sebhia Dibra

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
—Thomas Jefferson

If you are struggling with reaching your personal goals, you may want to read more about how mindfulness can play a huge part in helping you set and achieve goals.

Mindfulness is a state of awareness and attention of present events and experience. It is also the openness and acceptance of the present events and experiences in your life right now. Read more

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