“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge
So you got off-track with your goal. It happens. Behavior change takes time and persistence. Research on people who quit smoking, for example, shows that it takes several attempts before they finally quit for good. Beating yourself up over a short-term setback will only keep you stuck. Instead, forgive yourself, and use these five tips to start fresh today. Read more
Buying a home can be challenging, confusing and exhilarating. You’ll have many things to consider and certainly many steps to go through before you can finally move into your ideal home.
If buying a new home is one of your major goals right now, you may want to use this template as a sample guide for what steps to take, and perhaps for any major life purchases. You may add your own special steps or milestones as sub goals to make your home buying journey complete.
To see details of this template, along with many other useful goal templates, please check out the Goal Templates page.
By Timo Kiander
Every now and then you hear someone saying, “You need to take massive action in order to get stuff done”. While this type of work is something you should strive for, it has also flaws if you follow the advice blindly.
In fact, I’m willing to say that working like this can actually make you procrastinate and burn your energy levels to zero on the long run, if you don’t pay close attention to what you are doing. Read more
Developing good habits is the basic of personal development and growth. Everything we do is the result of a habit that was previously taught to us. Unfortunately, not all the habits that we have are good, that’s why we are constantly trying to improve.
The following is a list of 30 practical habits that can make a huge difference in your life. Read more
By Judi M. Bailey
At one point in my life I had a horrible case of the “why bothers.” I couldn’t get my engine running, let alone rolling to its destination. Then I ran into an old friend, Chad, who told me to set some goals.
“You’re not listening,” I informed him. “Goals won’t help – I have no energy! I can’t do anything.”
Chad promised that committing goals to paper would supply me with plenty of energy and enthusiasm to reach my objectives.
“Just try it,” he said. Read more
We see mass evidence of poor goal setting once a year without fail. New Years comes around and people resolve to change their lives in one fashion or another. Why is it that statistically only about 10% of resolutions are ever actually completed? Are the goals impossible? Probably not, most of us don’t set goals we know we can’t achieve. It’s near impossible for me to learn how to shut my eyes and teleport to the Amalfi Coast, so I wouldn’t set my sights on that accomplishment. So if I’ve set a target that is actually attainable, what’s the problem? Read more
By Amy Morin
You hear people say things like, “I don’t have the willpower to do that,” as they watch their friend order the salad instead of the fried chicken. It’s as if they believe that some people were simply born with divine willpower while others were overlooked as self-discipline superpowers were being handed out. The truth is, self-discipline is a learned skill, not an innate characteristic .
It’s clear that many people don’t know how to increase their self-discipline, however. In the 2011 Stress in America Survey, 27% of respondents said the lack of willpower was the biggest barrier to making healthy lifestyle changes. Many of the respondents agreed that they could likely increase their willpower, but the vast majority felt like the key to improved willpower was having more time to themselves. What many of the respondents may not have recognized is that increased leisure time doesn’t automatically equate to increased self-discipline.
Instead, the only way to improve your self-discipline is Read more
While it’s great to have an ambitious goal to aim for, if you spend too much time contemplating the huge distance between where you stand now and where you want to get to, there’s a pretty good risk that you’ll never get started on it.
The truth is, ambitious goals can be as intimidating and demoralizing as they can be inspiring and motivating. The secret to making them come to life is to Read more