The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.
— Bill Copeland
Setting a goal does not only apply to your professional or educational life…it can also be applied in your personal life as well and in your relationship with other people… do you want to learn how to play a particular instrument within a period of time? Or maybe your goal is to become a more likable or a more open minded person…all you need to do is map out a plan/outline the steps on how you hope to achieve this and get to work! A written goal is a sign of commitment, so write it down!
Be sure to set goals that a reasonable, specific and within your power, a long term/lifetime goal can be broken down into little easily attainable (short term) goals that will lead to the accomplishment of that large goal. Once goal number one has been accomplished, challenge yourself, set the bar higher for goal number 2…and success will be you mantra!
Learn to appreciate you success, be positive at all times, take note of your progresses, it will be a great motivation for you, and ALWAYS have confidence in yourself! A goal can only be achieved if you are thirsty enough for the outcome, make sure you really want it. A goal should be emotionally satisfying. It should tug at your heart strings. Making sure that you really want to accomplish the goals that you set will make you strive harder when the road gets tough.
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