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Subgoal section expandable on Dashboard page

We recently launched a new feature which allows you to selectively show or hide the subgoals of a parent goal on Dashboard page.

Some users have asked for this feature, because sometimes when you have many goals and subgoals, if they all show up on the dashboard page, it’s not very clear to the eye what the main goals progress is.

Although we actually already have the option to set a subgoal either as “shown” or “hidden” on Dashboard page, it’s not always easier than just a quick switch button to selectively display them under the main goals. That’s why we’ve added this new feature.

As you can see in the example below,  all main goals with their subgoal sections hidden(collapsed).

Subgoal section hidden

Subgoal section hidden

If you click on the small blue/white arrow buttons next to the progress bars, you can expand the subgoals section to reveal it.

Subgoal section shown

Subgoal section shown

Hope you find this feature useful and as always let us know if you have any suggestions or comments.

4 Secrets to Achieving Big Personal Goals

By Diane Armitage

Did you know that less than 3% of the world’s population regularly sets personal goals?

Earl Nightingale, of the true pioneers of the human potential movement, would refer to most people as “ships without rudders, subject to every shift of wind and tide” because they never set personal goals for themselves. Although just about every one you meet would LIKE to drift into a rich and successful port, the chances of actually finding their way there are about a thousand to one.

The three percent, though, who take the time to chart their course and set personal goals manage to accomplish more for themselves in just a few years than most people accomplish in a lifetime.

Here are 4 primary keys to setting and achieving goals:

1. It’s important to first focus on setting very specific personal goals. Unless you can say in one sentence exactly what it is you desire, you probably haven’t clearly defined your goal. Saying you want “happiness” or “better relationships” or “more money” is not a goal - that’s a general condition just about everyone out there wants. You want to get very specific on exactly what the achievement of this personal goal looks like.

2. If you set too many goals, you won’t arrive anywhere. Remember, a ship can only sail to one port at a time. It’s all well and good to keep a running list of your personal goals and desires, but it’s important that you choose ONE that you want more than all the others. It might, in fact, be the foundational piece to achieving other personal goals on your list.

3. Then, it’s not just about personal goal setting - it’s about consciously and actively working toward the goal achievement. Sometimes, people have very loft visions of what they’d like to have or do or accomplish in their lives, but they have no idea how to achieve those dreams. Sadly, most will stop before they even begin to try.

It’s important to recognize this one thing: Any goal ever realized in the history of mankind did NOT come with a blueprint! Every goal ever accomplished began with just one step. And one step after that. And another step after that. You don’t have to know all the steps - just take the steps you know to be most apparent, and the path will continue to unfold before you.

4. Lastly, you’ll have more success achieving your personal goal when you introduce accountability and daily tools into your goal-achieving course. Earl Nightingale is well known for keeping a daily list of just 6 priorities in his pocket, each priority related to his primary personal goal. He would start at #1, and would not move forward until #1 was completed. Each evening, he wrote a new list, sometimes moving items from that day’s list to the next day’s list. The point, however, is that he stayed on course and true to his goal every single day.

There are many goal achieving tools on today’s market to help you stay on course and plot your action steps as you go. One such tool, The Success Diary - is actually built on the Nightingale premise, and offers both a yearly dated journal and an undated journal with “five goal oriented actions” to write in for your daily activities. Additionally, the hardbound journal offers affirmations, encouraging tips and advice, and “month in review” pages to assess your progress.

Whatever you personal goal may be, a daily “tracker” of this nature will keep you more focused and committed to the end result. You’ll find, too, that as you continue to take steps toward the goal that events and circumstances will begin to support you in your effort - you might find that goal becoming reality much faster than you first thought!

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Keep Your Goals On Track

GoalsOnTrack’s automatic progress tracking and goal journal can be powerful tools to make your goal setting process effective. It keeps your goals organized and you’ll always have feedback showing progress in relation to the goal whenever you complete a task for it.

Give it a try today. Find out more >>

Goals Shape the Present, Not the Future

By Derek Sivers

You have a goal you’ve been putting off.

You want to do it some day.

You’ve been meaning to take real action on it, but could use more motivation.

Let it go. It’s a bad goal.

If it was a great goal, you would have jumped into action already. You wouldn’t wait. Nothing would stop you.

Goals are not to improve the future. The future doesn’t really exist. It’s only in our imagination. All that really exists is the present moment, and what you do in it.

Judge a goal by how well it changes your actions in the present moment.

A bad goal makes you say, “I want to do that some day.”

A great goal makes you take action immediately.

A bad goal is foggy, vague, and distant.

A great goal is so clear, specific, and close you can almost touch it. (This is crucial to keep you going.)

A bad goal makes you say, “I’m not sure how to start.”

With a great goal, you know exactly what needs to be done next. (Even if just a phone call.)

A bad goal makes you say, “Let me sleep on it.”

A great goal makes you say, “I can’t sleep! I was up until 2 doing this, then got up at 7 to do it some more.”

A bad goal makes you say, “That’d be nice.”

A great goal makes you say, “Oh my god! Yes! That would be amazing! I can’t wait!

A bad goal makes you say, “I’ll do it as soon as I do this other stuff.”

A great goal is so interesting and important that you can’t be distracted.

Some goals seem great. They impress your friends (”I’m going to bike across India”), satisfy an old wish (”I want to go into space”), or are good for you (”I’m going to lose 30 pounds”). But unless it changes your actions, right now, it’s not a great goal. Find another variation that excites you.

Lastly, remember that the daily actions have to be exciting, too. “Speak fluent Italian” may sound nice, but “take Italian lessons an hour a day for two years” has to excite you just as much, or you’ll never stick with it.

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Keep a Goal Journal and Track Your Progress

GoalsOnTrack’s automatic progress tracking and goal journal can be powerful tools to make your goal setting process effective. It keeps your goals organized and you’ll always have feedback showing progress in relation to the goal whenever you complete a task for it.

Give it a try today. Find out more >>

Letting Go of Unachievable Goals

By Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Have you ever considered giving up on your goals? Most people have — and sometimes, quitting goals is the healthiest thing you can do.

Here, successful businesswoman and motivational speaker Kayla Fioravanti reveals how to let go of unachievable life goals and describes several practical steps to reaching your goals.

Kayla, have you ever given up on an unachievable life goal?

I experienced two failed businesses with my husband. No matter how much work I put in and no matter what methods I used to approach the problems, I could not make the businesses work. I had to accept that any further energy I put into reviving these dead businesses would be wasted. It was hugely disappointing and very difficult for me to accept that there wasn’t anything I could do to fix them.

It was both devastating and freeing to let go of those businesses. They were unachievable goals.

My husband and I now own and operate a very successful business, called Essential Wholesale, which was listed in the INC 5000 fastest growing companies in America. Without the failure of the other two dreams, we would not have experienced the lessons that led us to this success.

Why do people see quitting as a weak or negative thing to do ?whether it’s giving up a goal of losing 5 pounds or letting go of career goals?

We have super human expectations for ourselves. Even when it’s not possible to achieve a particular goal we believe that if we only work harder, try more or put more money into it, we can force it to work.

What are some practical steps to achieving life goals?

1. Set realistic goals. It’s important to have goals and always be in motion moving towards goals ?but it’s critical that they be realistic goals. Many people set goals that are unrealistic, and then beat themselves up over their failure to succeed. Goals should be approached in bite-sized pieces, and they should be evaluated with an outside mentor. Objective eyes can help you separate the unrealistic from the realistic.

2. Write out your goals. Write out the steps that need to be taken, the pros and cons of reaching for that goal and what you imagine the end result will be. This helps you see all the steps and evaluate them based on your skill sets. If your goal requires skills that you don’t have, it might mean getting some help along the way. It’s okay to have a giant unimaginable goal, as long as you have obtainable steps along the way. For instance, if your goal is to lose 100 lbs, you don’t set out to lose it all the first week.

3. Take one step at a time. The “all or nothing mentality” will lead you to beat yourself up for perceived failure, so work towards your goal in small steps.

What if we can’t achieve our life goals, but we hate the thought of quitting?

Think of quitting as a “course correction”, and you’ll be able to forgive yourself easier than if you view it as quitting or failure. People who successfully walk away from unproductive situations view it as a course correction. They realize they are wasting their time on one path and simply find a better way to use their skills and talents.

I also allow myself to mourn defeat, failure or a course correction for 24 hours. Then I force myself to sit down and evaluate all the possibilities around me to choose a new direction. What trips people up is grieving for too long. They bring themselves down with their own thought processes.

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Make Goal Setting Fun

Reaching our goals shouldn’t be all boring and so serious. Make it into something fun to do and you will enjoy the process more. That’s why there are many “fun” features in GoalsOnTrack, such as vision board, habit tracker, automatic progress indicator etc.

Give it a try today. Find out more >>

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