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Set Your Goals – You Can Do It


 

“Set Your Goals – You Can Do It” by Joan Y. Edwards

Set your goals larger

This is the time to review your past goals and set your goals for the current year. Any time is a good time to look at and focus on recommitting yourself to your goals. If they are no longer meaningful to you, it is time to revise them to make the goals in your mind and on paper ones that you really want to reach.

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher had these little encouragement signs all over the room. One of my favorites was: “Make a Wish Upon a Star, take a seat and there you are.”  This showed me that if you set your eye on a goal, you can reach it.

Day 1 Title the page with your name and goals for the current year. Brainstorm possible goals. Set time to reach the goals for December 31, 2018 or 12 months after you’ve made your list. List them all on a piece of paper or in a file on your computer. Let them sit overnight in your mind.  Save file as Day 1 Goals for this year.

Day 2 Read them over the next day. Delete any goals that you have already reached or revise them to be goals you really want to reach. Delete goals that you wouldn’t care if you reached it or not at the end of the year. You want your goals to be items you feel a strong yearning to reach. Save this file as Day 2 Goals for this year.

Day 3 Read the goals again. Make sure you agree with them. Make sure you believe you can accomplish them. Revise any to make them so they not too hard and not too easy. Goldilocks goals…just right. Believable and Achievable.

Add 1-3 Images at the top of your goals to inspire you.

Free images from www.pixabay.com/

or www.morguefile.com/

Print out your goals. Post in a picture frame on the wall or on a file cabinet where you can see them every day. Revise when necessary to keep your mind positive and motivated to meet your goals and live and conquer your fears.

There are many ways to reach your goals. You know yourself better than anyone else. Choose the method that works for you. Many people make goals in their heads and are successful at keeping them. Others write down their goals. Still others share their goals with a close friend that keeps them accountable for their goals.

As for me, I like writing the goals down so that I can look at them every once in a while to see how I am doing.

If you check your goals every 6 months, you’ll be amazed when you see how many of your goals you have reached and how close you are to others. There may even be one or two you want to change and set a different goal.

Here is a link about a Harvard Business School study of goal setting that says that it’s a good idea to not only write down your goals but also write down the steps to achieve them.  Even if you don’t write down the steps, you can achieve your goal.

Good luck!
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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13 Responses

  1. Hi, all, and Happy New Year! Joany set your goals is such an important & motivating task to do because as passionate as we may be many times distractions overcome us. For me having it in black & white helps me stay focused. Whereas, each day I don’t have to remember what I thought because I’ll have it written down and I can edit, re-edit, and edit some more. Great article, thanks.
    Violette
    This picture is my daughter Sula who is financing the professional editing of my book.

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    • Dear Violette,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you set your goals in writing and edit them as necessary so that they actually reflect what you really want to achieve and believe that you can achieve it! Good for you! I am proud of you and grateful that your daughter, Sule is financing the professional editing of your book! She is a loving daughter.

      Happy New Year!
      Rejoice and be glad in it!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  2. Joan,
    I am excited about 2018. I look forward to the tasks God sets before me. It is a year of much change and hopefully many opportunities to serve the Lord.

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    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. I am glad that you are excited about 2018 and accomplishing all the tasks God sets before you. You have done many things in your lifetime that amaze and make God proud of you! He has great things in store for you.

      Happy New Year!
      Rejoice and be glad in it!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  3. thanks for all the encouragement you give us!

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    • Dear Carol,
      Thanks for writing. You’re welcome. I’m so glad that I encourage you! It is an honor to encourage others on our journey through life.

      Celebrate you.
      Happy New Year!
      Rejoice and be glad in it!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  4. I love the idea of printing them out and posting them in a picture frame. Great motivation indeed. Thank you, Joan. Great article!

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    • Dear Lisa Anne,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad that you like the idea of printing the goals and posting them in a picture frame. I’ve done that for years and it’s helped me stay focused. I imagine you watercoloring a backdrop for your goals. I hope you achieve your dreams.

      Celebrate you.
      Happy New Year!
      Rejoice and be glad in it!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  5. All your ideas for setting goals, writing them down and printing them out are very helpful. The experts agree that these ideas work. But each of us has to figure out how goal-setting works best for us. Being the “pantser” that I am, my goals are in my head, nagging at me all the time to keep at it. My critique group does the same thing which makes for constant prodding and encouraging to get things done.

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    • Dear Sandra,
      Thank you for writing. You are right. There is no right or wrong way. There is no right or wrong way. Many people do not write their goals down and still achieve them. You do that really well. Doing what works for you is the thing to do! I am proud of you. You accomplish more than many of us would even venture forth to try!

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  6. Giveaway Prize Awarded on January 10, 2018.

    Thank you very much for the many people who read this blog post and the five people who left a comment on this post between January 2 and midnight, January 9, 2018:

    Violette Early
    Linda M. Andersen
    Carol Federlin Baldwin
    Lisa Anne Cullen
    Sandra Warren

    Random.org chose number 4 as the winner. So Congratulations, Lisa Anne Cullen. You won a free paperback copy of “A Roller Coaster Down” by Mary Lash and Vasant Garcia. Please send me your snail mail address and I will mail it to you.

    Never Give Up
    Joan

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    • I am so excited! Thank you so very much! I will send you my snail mail address immediately! Thank you, too, for all your inspiration! 🙂
      Lisa

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      • Dear Lisa Anne,
        You are very welcome. Thanks for following my blog. Thanks for all of your inspiring comments! Love you.

        Never Give Up
        Joan

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