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Tips on Finishing a Course or General Goals

Updated on November 10, 2010

For some of us, it's really easy to enroll in school, start a new project, get moving on some big goal we'd like to complete but, these same people also end up quitting, putting things off till another time, or forgetting everything all together. It's hard to keep a goal and keep your mind focused.

Bottom line, it's a reality that you have to keep pushing forward with all your goals to completion, if you expect to ever move on to the next one. Staying the course is not only a requirement for completion but, it will put you in a better spot later on. You will have accomplished something.

Everyone starts off believing they can do something, that's why they make the choice to start something in the first place. The challenge begins with believing but, once you've overcome that, what happens next?

Here are a few tips that may help you:

1.Continue to stay positive.

Most tasks are mental. Sure, you will have to do something physical but, everything starts in the mind. Remind yourself of why you started in the first place and do so daily. If you're working towards a bachelor's degree, think about what kind of job you're going to obtain with that degree. If it's weight loss, think of those outfits you're going to buy and look good in. Think of the end results and smile.

2. Tenacity.

You have to commit to not giving up. You have to remain persistent and be stubborn about it. Sometimes, things might take a little longer than you expected but, that's okay. Distractions are just a part of life. You may even "fail" a few times. That's perfectly okay. Only a lucky few get everything first chance and, I've never been nor, have I ever met one of those people.

Now, you certainly don't want to be so stubborn that you don't try anything else. Let's go back to the weight loss example. Suppose you have committed to doing a particular workout each day and someone suggests you try another workout that provided them with quick results. Try it. It's still working on your goal and if you don't like it, you can go back to the original.

The point here to remember there are hundreds of ways to completing a goal. Don't get caught up too much in how you get there. Don't neglect details altogether either. Sure, you could pass your Calculus exam by cheating but, that would be unethical. You'd most likely get caught and, find yourself in a world of trouble. There's a balance here; find it. Always keep your goal in mind.

3. Pull Don't Push!

You cannot push something away and expect it to stay around. If you're trying to lose weight, you are pushing that goal away when you stuff that Twinkie in your mouth. Maybe you're trying to complete an Organic Chemistry course. It's not going to happen if you push it away by skipping class.

You need to examine each action you make and ask yourself, "Will doing this push or pull my goal away from me?"

4. Support.

This can be anyone. It would be especially helpful to find someone that is working on completing the same goal you are. When you have a partner, you can hold each other accountable.

At the very least, just announcing your goals to everyone will help you. Your friends and family will be there when you're down, supporting you, and keeping you on track.

Remember that many things aren't easy so, you must put forth effort and time. Patience is the key, but at the same time, life moves pretty fast. It won't be long before you've achieved your goal and will be wondering what the big deal was in the first place.


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    • Tuesday75 profile image

      Tuesday75 7 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Thank you for your comments!

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      Great hub with lots of useful advice to help others to complete their goals. Achieving goals requires many ingredients and one of the most important ones, which you've mentioned, is the determination and perseverance to overcome setbacks and minor failures. Being able to keep going when facing difficult times is what separates those from completing their goals and those who don't - 'Winners never quit and quitters never win.'

      Thanks for sharing these inspiring thoughts.

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      Donna Oliver 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      How true! Great hub.

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      brownlickie 7 years ago

      I really like this hub. Congratulations on helping the world become a better place Brownlickie