Category Archives: Goal Setting

Why People Fail to Succeed

One of the biggest reasons why people fail to succeed at life is because they fail to plan. Sure they have hopes and dreams but they don’t put those hopes and dreams into action. You do this by setting goals – an action plan to get what you want. Typically, a dream leads to a decision but if that decision isn’t followed up with a plan then it won’t come to be.

  • People fail to succeed because they lose interest or motivation in what they are doing. The best way around this is to set goals that are measurable.
  • If you set unrealistic goals you are only setting yourself up for failure. You need to be able to actually achieve what you have set out to do, if not you will become discouraged and give up.
  • Distractions are another major issue when it comes to success vs. failure. Distractions can become bad habits if you are not careful. For example, you want to spend more quality time with your children (that is your goal) but work wears you down and night after night you click on the TV to relax. Eventually, your new habit is watching TV rather than spending quality time with your children. You need to minimize the distractions and follow through with your decision.
  • Set-backs can occur when you are setting goals and the last thing you should do is give up because of them. We can’t be perfect everyday and if your goal is reasonable you should not have any problem getting back on track. Life is full of surprises and we can’t predict everything that is going to happen. Expect set-backs, plan for them, and don’t give up.
  • Goals don’t have to be boring. Make meeting your goals fun. If you do not like what you are doing and the new habit simply doesn’t please you it may not be something that you will continue for a long time. Either change the goal or the way you think about it. Be positive and picture the benefits that come with achieving your goal.

Setting goals and achieving them is great for the whole family. It shows your children how to overcome obstacles, it builds self-confidence, unity, the quality of life is better, promotes good decision making, and faith within the family. Setting and achieving goals is a win/win situation.

Learn to set healthy goals for you and your children!

Achieve Goals by Avoiding Distractions

There is something we all would like to accomplish or change in our lives. Whether it is replacing a bad habit with a good one or bettering ourselves in some sort of way. The best way to make a positive change in your life is by setting goals.

As you set goals you put in motion a plan that will ultimately lead to success. However, in our busy lives it can be difficult to achieve our goals because of all the distractions competing for your time.

It is critical to have your priorities straight when achieving goals. If you are planning on losing weight then you need to prioritize around that goal. You also need to know what types of things will distract you or get in your way of meeting your goal?

Each day you will be faced with choices; do you go for a walk as planned or watch TV because you feel tired? TV, internet, social networking, hanging out with friends, etc. can all be distractions that keep you from achieving your goals. Of course they are okay to do; however, they should not interfere with what you are trying to accomplish.

If you continue to give into distractions you will not see much progress and this could lead to giving up and that is the last thing that you want to do. Avoid distractions or better yet use the distractions that you enjoy as a reward for staying on task. For example, after your daily walk reward yourself with an hour of TV.

It is important to stay motivated and set goals that are measurable. If you feel yourself getting off track because of all the distractions it is time to refocus your efforts. Read your goals a couple times per day and imagine the end result. Feel the happiness that achieving your goal will bring. Each time you complete a goal you will become better at disciplining yourself and you will have the self-confidence you need to continue to succeed.

Learn more about teaching your children how to set and achieve goals that will lead them to success.

Goal Setting for the Family

Every year countless Americans set New Year resolutions in the hopes of changing a bad habit or two. The problem is the majority of these people give up soon after because of lack of direction, distractions, and no motivation.

Changing habits and accomplishing new things typically requires more than a decision to do so, it requires goal setting. Goal setting is a plan of ACTION that will get you from beginning to end with milestones along the way.

Unlike New Year’s resolutions goals can be set at any time. Setting realistic goals can lead to a healthier lifestyle and improved self-esteem. If you want to teach your children how to set realistic you need to learn how yourself.

10 Basic Steps in Setting Goals

  1. Set specific goals – be as exact as possible. When you set specific goals you are more likely to succeed. For example, instead of saying that you are going to save money, set a specific goal to save $15 (or whatever the dollar amount) per week for the next 10 weeks.
  2. Put your goal in writing – write down exactly what you want to accomplish and post it in a place where you will see it every day. Write it in positive language – instead of writing, “I will stop eating junk food” re-word your goal to say, “I will eat healthier foods.”
  3. Read your goals – you should read your goals at least twice a day to help stay motivated.
  4. Set realistic goals – goals should be set that are challenging but realistic. If the goal is not within your reach then you won’t succeed. Be mindful of your schedule, finances, and other personal affairs when setting realistic goals.
  5. Develop a plan of action – nothing ever gets done without an action plan. A decision is just a decision until you put it in motion. Create a timeline with milestones toward your goal.
  6. Have faith – believe in yourself that you will be successful and reach your goals. Stay positive about your progress focus on the benefits of succeeding.
  7. Be flexible – setbacks and the unexpected can happen. Don’t get discouraged and give up. Keep on trying, eventually it will pay off.
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – one of the best ways to accomplish a goal is to get help from people that have done what you are trying to do. There are support groups available for almost anything.
  9. Reward yourself – as you achieve your goals you may want to reward yourself at the completion of the goal or major milestones. You should be proud of your efforts and rewarding yourself can help you stay motivated.
  10. Repeat the process – continue to set goals throughout your life. Short-term, medium, and long-term goals are important. The more you do it the better you will get.

Having clear achievable goals can bring a family together and help make everyone healthier. Positive changes, whether small or large can improve every day life. Children benefit from goal setting by learning how to plan and achieve success. They also learn how to manage their time and make good decisions that will have positive effects on their lives.

Importance of Goal Setting

We all want to achieve success in our lives and we want our children to succeed as well. The level and the meaning of success can be different from person to person; however, the benefits of goal setting are the same.

Success typically doesn’t come without hard work and direction – goal setting is the map needed to get you to your destination. As you set goals you are learning and teaching your children how to plan for the future, how to make positive decisions, and how to live a happier life.

As you achieve goals you build self confidence, discipline, determination, sense of achievement, and how to manage time. You can set goals individually and as a family, in fact, you should do both. Setting and achieving goals together will also build trust and unity among a family. As a parent you want to see your children grow up in a positive healthy environment with the decision making skills to lead them to success. Goal setting does just that.

Having a plan is the best way to make any life change – big or small. That is the difference between a goal and a wish. Too often we live life wishing and lack the joy and success we desire. Instead of wishing start setting goals and put the plan in motion.

Remember success doesn’t have to be about money. It can be about anything you wish – achieving a healthy weight, eating healthy foods, saving a little bit of money each week, quitting smoking, getting your education, spending quality time with the family, pursuing a career, developing a hobby, etc. As you meet your goals you achieve a new level of accomplishment and success. Replacing bad habits with new healthy habits improves your daily quality of life.

Sadly, less than 5 percent of the population actually sets goals. Even worse, around 1 percent actually writes them down. It isn’t any surprise that this 1 percent is the richest most successful people in our country and across the world for that matter.

Goal setting is important and helps you and your children live happier, healthier lives. Teach your children by example and build unity in the family as you achieve your goals together.