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Keep Reaching for Your Goals

Updated on January 19, 2015

Everyone should have goals they are striving to reach.

Now you might say that sounds like some motivational speech stuff :-)

Well actually it is but no apology necessary.

The greatest book of all time, the Bible, puts it this way, “ Where there is no vision, the people perish….” Prov 29:18

Now when you think about it, setting a goal or a vision for accomplishing something is fundamental to the human experience.

The great thing about goal setting is that there are many kinds and types just as there are people.

Consequently a goal could be something as elementary and powerful as a husband and wife wanting to have a baby. Then again it may be more strategic and tactical like becoming a senior partner in a law firm or any thousands of things in between.

Although there are many approaches to reaching goals I would like to share a method with you that is not only simple but also very effective in helping you to reach and achieve your goals.

Decide what you want - The first and critical step is to focus on making a quality decision. This should be something that you’ve determined is worthwhile, measurable and specific.

In relation to these prerequisites the idea is that of being valuable to you or others, quantifiable and time sensitive. An example of this would be someone saying " In order to improve my health I want to lose 30 lbs by the end of the year ".

Determine what you are willing to give up – It’s time for an honest evaluation and conclusion of what things are necessary to exchange in order to get what we want. Quite frankly, these consist of being willing to eliminate habits or behaviors that distract you from your quality decision.

The significance here is knowing what thing or things you’ll be willing to give up in order to get what you really want.

Design a plan and work the plan Whether you want to return to school and get a degree in accounting or stop smoking after many years you’ll need a blueprint to keep you moving in the right direction.

This can be as simple as taking the time to analyze the desired end results and writing down steps in numerical order from start to finish.

If this is not possible, you may need to consult with an authority regarding your vision. This could be consulting with a subject matter expert or a respected leader in the field. This may take place in person, or from resource materials they have available in a book, audio, DVD or online format.

Associate with the right people – This can be your family, friends, co-workers or an acquaintance. On the other hand it may need to be a set of new interactions with people whom you especially associate or hang around together with in order to specifically assist you with your goal. The concept is don’t be a “ lone wolf “ or waist time and energy trying to reinvent the proverbial wheel.

Understand the wisdom of applying yourself in focusing on your quality decision, getting rid of any distractions, putting together a plan and your right associations. All these things will play an important part in empowering you to reach for your goal.

Of course this little system may not solve every challenge or guarantee you'll reach all your goals. However I'm certain it will be a positive help toward that end if you'll give it an honest effort.

Have fun and StayPos!

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      StayPos 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      Darren,

      Glad you enjoyed the hub! It’s a very critical component to every aspects of our lives.

      Hopefully it gave you some ideas to add to your interest on the subject of setting goals.

      Thanks again for stopping by to share.

      All the Best

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      Darren Owens 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Enjoyed reading your hub! It's very informative and motivating. I always like to read about setting goals, because it keeps my goals in perspective and this article i can relate to.

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      BERNARD LEVINE 5 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      ALWAYS HAVE A DREAM By BERNARD LEVINE

      Follow your heart

      to the path of greatness

      that lies within you.

      The secret of life

      is to have something

      to look forward to

      everyday.

      Find a dream that excites you

      and make plans

      of how you are going

      to achieve it.

      Feed your mind daily

      with positive energy

      and words of inspiration.

      Take your life to a higher level.

      Stay focused and go forward

      with your eyes on the prize.

      When you run towards your destination

      with passion in your heart

      you will see your dreams come true.

      © Bernard Levine

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Glad to have found this excellent hub! Setting and striving toward goals is an important element of human existence. We continue self-improvement and boost self-esteem this way. Keep up the great work - Best, Steph

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      ligiaogl 6 years ago from Brazil

      Thank you so much!

      I loved your Hub too, very well written.

      You made great points about what we have to do in order to achieve the goals we want.

      Best of luck for you.

      =]

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      StayPos 6 years ago from Florida, USA

      Thanks Cloverleaf,

      You’ve definitely got the right idea :-)

      It's so important to reward ourselves when we take on the challenge and reach a goal we have set. Even if its broken down into bit size steps (often the best way) we should do a little something to keep us moving forward until the final objective is realized!

      All the best!

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      I always like to give myself a reward when I reach a personal goal. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but it provides me with motivation and gives a reminder of the achievement. Rated up and awesome!

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      StayPos 6 years ago from Florida, USA

      Norma,

      Thanks for your comments!

      Yes, writing down our goals is very important to achieving them. Also, as you suggest, set them high.

      We might just surprise ourselves on what we can accomplish!

      Congratulations on your success :-)

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      Norma Budden 6 years ago from Nunavut, Canada

      These are definitely great points. It's not enough to have goals and sit idly by, doing nothing about achieving them. Strangely, sometimes it seems to be what some people expect.

      I write my goals down - even in terms of all my online endeavors and what I hope to achieve in a month. However, I always set the bar high just in case I get things completed early; it's amazing the progress I've made because I had something tangible - in terms of goal setting - with which to hold myself accountable.

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      StayPos 6 years ago from Florida, USA

      Thank you Lady_E,

      I’m glad my hub inspired you and I trust like me you had a wonderful Easter celebration :-)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for this inspiring article. It's not a good idea to move through life with no aim.

      The Bible verse you shared says it all.

      Happy Easter.

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      StayPos 6 years ago from Florida, USA

      Skhi2009, Thanks for the comments. You make very compelling points!

      In the world of personal development and coaching it's been said that 87% of those who write down their goals and review them regularly do eventually reach them.

      Well done :-)

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      Skhi2009 6 years ago from Florida

      Write it down, write it down, write it down. I know it sounds cheesy, but it works. Give yourself a constant reminder. I did this back in 2004. I made a list of 5 goals that I wanted to accomplish in 5 years. I wrote them down and hung the paper on the refrigerator. Then I changed my email address to include 2009, this way everytime I typed my email address it was a reminder that I had goals in place and time was ticking. These were fairly large goals that seemed insurmountable in 2004 but by 2007 I had accomplished all but one. By Jan 2009 I was complete and started my next list. It really does work.