By Shawn Doyle
I am standing in a room in a hotel somewhere in America, and I am talking about the power of setting goals. I pause and ask the audience a question: “By a show of hands, who honestly has clearly articulated goals for this year?” Only a few hands go up- probably about two percent of the room.
I am a motivational speaker, and this scene repeats itself time and time again- everywhere I go, month after month, year after year. Very few people are setting goals personally or professionally.
Why? I am so curious to know the reason why. Read more
A New Year’s resolution according to Wikipedia, is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice for someone. Read more
By Kim Penix
I love the last week of the year. It’s a week that always fills me with hope and anticipation of the new year to come. The stress of the holidays is over and my body can rest and recuperate for the coming new year.
This is also the time that people tend to set their goals for the coming year. (Have I ever mentioned how I’m a type-A person stuck in a chronically ill body? Oh, the torture!)
Goal-setting for someone with a chronic illness can seem like a waste of time. How are we ever supposed to succeed at a goal when our body is trying to shut us down?
I’ve learned a few things over the years I’ve been ill and one is that it is possible to set and achieve goals. You just have to go about it differently than most.
Here are the nine things I think are important when setting goals: Read more
By Jim L. Smith
Most of us realize the power and benefit of setting goals. Generally that’s reserved for the beginning of a new year as a means to motivate us to move toward accomplishing something worthwhile. However, goal setting can be very helpful throughout the year and even on a daily basis. Read more
There are many steps one can take to achieve their goals. Though different, they all have one thing in common; you can only go so far, if you do not take them together. Yes, they are all important in building the right character for success in an individual, but the trick in building this persona, is to implement all these steps into one’s lifestyle. The below are the steps so discussed. Read more
Once you’ve set your goals and subgoals the next step is to put your goals into action. It’s likely that having your goals broken down into smaller steps, or subgoals, will make it a lot easier for you to achieve your goals in the long-run.
Develop a plan of action.
Write a step-by-step plan for achieving your subgoals, and ultimately your main goal. This includes planning deadlines for each subgoal and writing down all the “nitty-gritty” small things you can do today, tomorrow, and later on this week in order to achieve your goal and subgoals. Read more
By Gene Donohue
The car is packed and you’re ready to go, your first ever cross-country trip. From the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the rolling hills of San Francisco, you’re going to see it all.
You put the car in gear and off you go. First stop, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
A little while into the trip you need to check the map because you’ve reached an intersection you’re not familiar with. You panic for a moment because you realize you’ve forgotten your map.
But you say the heck with it because you know where you’re going. You take a right, change the radio station and keep on going. Unfortunately, you never reach your destination. Read more
By T.G.L. Iyer
YOU can evaluate your goals using three tools. First, rate the intensity of desire for each goal on a one to ten scale. A rating of one would mean ‘low desire’; a rating of ten would mean ‘intense desire’. You can write the rating against each goal. Second, evaluate the cost inherent in the pursuit of each goal.
How much time, effort, stress or money would be involved in trying to reach a given goal?
You can rate the cost involved with each goal on a one to five scale. If it is one it would be minimal cost; while five would indicate high cost of time, effort and money. You can write the cost rating in a different colour against each goal.
The third tool is to look for ‘Blocking factors’. There could be significant obstacles that stand in the way of reaching the goal.
For example, there might be a need for special training, higher degree etc. to get into a job. Once again, you can do the rating on a one to five scale.
A rating of one would indicate minimal blocking factors, while a rating of five will suggest major obstacles. You can write the rating against each goal in yet another colour.
You have now three ratings for each goal viz intensity of desire, cost and blocking factors. A good way to evaluate a goal is to subtract the sum of the cost and blocking factors from the desire rating. For example, your desire is to purchase a car. Suppose your intensity of desire is six, but the costs are five and the blocking factors are five.
Your overall rating is minus four: 6-(5+5). It is quite likely that you will never purchase your car.
Any goal which has a positive number, probably, has a chance. Obviously, higher the number, better the chance.
Make a commitment to achieve a goal and set up a time frame.
By Brian Kim
I’m sure you’ve heard this advice before. Write your goals down. If they’re not written down, they’re just dreams.
When you write things down, it sets off a chain of events that will change your life. I am a firm believer of writing. A FIRM BELIEVER. It’s my intention for the people reading this article to really understand the true explosive power when it comes to writing your goals down. Read more
Each year hundreds of thousands of people quit smoking. So can you. It’s not easy, but quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health and your quality of life. This template for quitting smoking focuses on two main factors of a successful quit attempt: awareness and support. Only people who truly understand that they want to quit themselves and determine to do so can really start to quit. Also first time quitters need all the support there is. Engaging in a community or group or friends and family that provide the needed emotional support can make all the difference.
To see details of this template, along with many other useful goal templates, please check out the Goal Templates page.