“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway
Have you ever noticed that people are always chasing the next thing or focusing on the next phase of life? I must admit that I struggle with this at times myself. I can get ahead of myself and forget to stay patient and present. Hey, when you want to achieve your dreams it can make the prospect of today a little less enchanting.
We are so busy creating our desired future that we completely forget to celebrate and admire today. Read more
By Thai Nguyen
Actor Jim Carrey is famous for parking his car on Muholland Drive every night before anybody knew about him, and visualizing becoming the Hollywood star that he inevitably became. He even wrote himself a ten million dollar check for a movie deal, and dated it five years from that very day. Can you guess what eventually happened? Not long before that date came along, he secured ten million dollars to star in the movie Dumb and Dumber. Read more
By Blair Singer
I am a big believer that an attitude of gratitude goes a long way in helping you realize your hopes and dreams, and enjoy your life’s journey along the way. Gratitude helps you fully enjoy the experience of attaining that which you desire. By being grateful for that which you have, you pause to reflect on the happiness, joy, love, peace and other positive things that what you are grateful for bring to your life. This allows you to be present for your own happiness, instead of letting challenges and unimportant distractions steal your experience of these positive things away from you. Read more
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
Ask yourself whether getting the window seat in the office cab and earning enough to party at a new pub every weekend are the only goals that drive you day and night. Or, is there something else, something far superior and phenomenal that you’re crazy about?
(I assume) Every working professional has a vision about their career – like becoming Vice President of the team they’re part of, or managing editor of the magazine that they have joined as a writer. Since this is a long process and requires many years of commitment, one has to keep working in the same direction without any distraction. Career goals help do that! Read more
Something I noticed around the start of this year was that quite a few people I came across had set goals for big, exciting changes they want to achieve in this year that are beyond their control.
A good example is getting a new job. I noticed a couple of people who’d set goals to “get a job at x” or “work for x” this year. Read more
It certainly seems like a sensible idea: always make a backup plan just in case Plan A doesn’t work out.
However, a current study has backed up what actor Henry Cavill (aka Superman) believes to be true:
“If you have a backup plan, then you’ve already admitted defeat.” Read more
By Sienna Beard
Most of us have goals that we set for our careers. Either we want to make a certain amount of money, or reach a certain level and earn a specific title. Others have dreams like saving thousands of patients, or leaving their mark through publication or making changes in Washington. If you haven’t set any goals yet, then it’s time to do that. However, even if you have set goals, you may be falling short of your career potential. Dreams don’t just happen; you have to work for them. Read more
Achieving our goals is seldom easy. It’s why knowing how to stay motivated is so incredibly important when it comes to getting what we want in the long term. And in a world with more distractions than ever before — from non-stop web access to constant texting — it can be all the harder to stay focussed and not just give in to what’s easier in the moment.
I’ve often struggled with motivation, whether it’s been related to my career, my health, or just getting better at a hobby I enjoy. And while it’s not always the biggest deal (it’s not really all that vital that I learn to play my favorite song on the ukulele by my birthday), sometimes it really worries me. I don’t want to be filled with regret at some point down the line because I didn’t follow through on something I really wanted, and I also don’t want to feel like I failed at achieving the things that are important to me, all because I couldn’t manage to stay on track when it really counted.
Because this is a topic that matters to me, I delved into some pretty serious online research, as well as checked in with an expert, to find the absolute best ways to stay motivated in life. If you’re looking for ways to help yourself achieve your goals, here are 11 tips that should help. Read more
As a small child, I always had big, wild dreams. I would make a cake using a Betty Crocker mix and imagine that I would grow up to be an amazing chef. I’d attempt to paint a flower, and imagine that I was going to be the best artist in America. I’d write a short picture book, and dream of being the next J.K. Rowling.
But as I grew up, those dreams seemed farther and farther away. I lost interest in art and cooking, and it began to feel like being as great as J.K. Rowling was an unrealistic goal. I still had dreams, but they were smaller dreams, like dreaming I would get my first piece of writing published. I was also cautious about these dreams — I didn’t want to be let down if I didn’t achieve my goals. Read more