By Jeff Miller
The French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish, a hope likely to fail and impossible to attain. Give passionate dreaming a structure, and reality moves to the tips of your fingers faster than you can click your heels and say, ‘there’s no dream like mine.’”
You’ve taken the time to figure out your dreams and turn those dreams into specific goals. Now it’s time to turn those goals into a plan. This is where you’ll meet your first significant challenge and begin to feel the first real doubts about your ability to achieve your goals. Don’t overthink things here, just keep it simple. Read more
Doesn’t it sometimes feel like everyone on the planet is all successful and motivated except for you? Those people at the gym, that vegan coworker, your cousin the author — they all seem to have discovered ways to have more self-discipline. And they make it look so easy.
But self-discipline isn’t easy, and it wasn’t for them at first, either. Because the truth is, no one is born with the magic ability to publish books, or the miraculous desire to give up dairy. These things are hard to do, and the process sucks. So really, the only difference between you and the so-called successful people is that they stuck it out, and you didn’t. Read more
Many of us labor under the misapprehension that simply doing our best is enough in life, and that a formal goal setting process is unnecessary. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, just doing your best really isn’t enough. Why? The answer lies primarily in the role of the subconscious, as well as the questions of purpose and motivation. Read more
By Brandon Lee
Michael Jordan started by throwing one basketball through a hoop. He probably missed a handful of shots before he made his next shot.
Tiger Woods started by watching someone else play golf before he took his first swing. He swung once, and again, and again, and again.
You read a book by starting with the first word.
You run a marathon by taking the first step.
Warren Buffett had to learn how to make $1 before he made $1000, $10,000 before he made $100,000, $1,000,000 before $10,000,000, and $100,000,000 before $1,000,000,000. Read more
By R. Glenn Ray, Ph.D.
I always loved to read. That love really took off when I was in the fifth grade in Mrs. Mann’s class. Every day she read us a passage from “Tom Sawyer” and later “Huckleberry Finn.” She continued with the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of books. They included “Little House in the Big Woods,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “On the Banks of Plum Creek,” and “Farmer Boy.” Mrs. Mann’s readings mesmerized me as I put myself in the shoes of this family moving west and repeatedly rebuilding their lives. I visited the Woodsfield and Barnesville libraries and devoured every other book by Wilder that I could find. Read more
The secret to success seems deceptively simple: Choose a handful of good life goals–and meet them. What ultimately proves to be the challenge, however, is not setting the goal–it’s making sure that you achieve them. Adopt these 5 powerful habits to start realizing your goals–and your dreams. Read more
By Jackie Nagel
In spite of scientific research and hard data to back the importance of goal setting, few business owners actually track goals. In fact, more than 80 percent of the 300 small business owners surveyed for the Staples National Small Business Survey said that they don’t keep track of their business goals. Yikes!
Based on that alarming stat, it’s no surprise to realize that 77 percent of business owners have yet to achieve their vision. Read more
By Kyle Hunt
Ever since I was a little child I’ve thought about how far my dreams can really take me. I’ve spent most of my life working toward my dreams: the dream of finding a fulfilling relationship, a career that I’m passionate about, a body that I’m proud of and spiritual abundance that can comfort me in times of need. I spend hours of my time everyday, every week, and every year taking steps toward achieving those dreams, and I can honestly say that I’ve been able to accomplish a lot of the things I’ve set out to do. Read more
“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 perseverance. 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
By Dave Smith
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”
You’ve likely heard this saying used to emphasize the importance of setting goals. Whether fitness-related, for your career, or focused on personal pursuits, setting concrete goals is key to success. Isn’t that right?
As a weight loss coach I regularly help clients define and refine their goals. Recently one client reminded me that setting a goal can actually be counterproductive, while setting the right goal is crucial. Read more