... Goals can mean the difference between being a spectator or a participant in life. You can either be the hammer causing your life to happen or the nail that continually reacts to what's going on.
... The best time to start pursuing your goals is now. Planning is essential, and can be started right away. We usually put off our goals until some elusive time in the future called "once." "Once I have my bills paid off." "Once the kids start school." "Once New Year's rolls around." You get the idea.
... Goals can impact any area of your life: Career, Education, Family, Finance, Happiness, Health, Hobbies, Knowledge, Material, Personal, Retirement, Spiritual. You can even set family goals or other group goals. Pursuing your Goals can be hard work. But that doesn't mean it can't be fun! Mix it up and be creative. Don't look at it as a job, but as something you're doing for yourself as a treat.
(For a well-rounded Goal Setting program, try to choose at least one item from each category)
SETTING YOUR GOALS
Keep an activity log for a short period of time for a specific goal that you'd like to set.
REINFORCEMENT / STAYING FOCUSED
Plan your week and day ahead of time in light of your goal
Read success stories
Give yourself small, regular rewards for reaching short-term goals
Verbal Affirmation Exercise
Written Affirmation Exercise
TRACKING / MEASURING / ASSESSING PROGRESS
Post and fill out a Daily Goal Sheet
Post and fill out a Weekly Goal Sheet
Keep a regular Goal Journal
Put your goals on paper, in words or pictures, and keep them in front of you
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