Written by David Stoddard

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MEASURABLE: We need to know we are getting someplace. All too often we feel as if we are stuck just because we haven't gotten where we wanted to go yet. We don't always see how far we have come, we just seerepparttar long road ahead. By having our goal set up in such a way that we can seerepparttar 101948 steps we can take, will help providerepparttar 101949 momentum needed to keep going.

WORKABLE: Each step alongrepparttar 101950 way is part of our plan to get there. The plan should be written out so we can see what we will need to do next. Plus, it gives us something to mark off alongrepparttar 101951 way. Like a shopping or to-do list,repparttar 101952 plan gives us a basic guide for what needs to be done. It's up to us how to work it.

FLEXIBLE: Our plans should provide room for changes alongrepparttar 101953 way. We have learned so much from Murphy's law that whatever can go wrong, will at some point. We need to be able to just go aroundrepparttar 101954 problems we face. It may mean adjusting our goal a bit or re-working our plans. But as long as we have room to change, we won't get stuck.

I hope something in this article inspired you to begin looking at your own goals. Well, at least that was MY goal.

© 2002 David Stoddar

David publishes "Qué Sera Sera," a weekly motivational newsletter. To subscribe Subscribers receive his booklet "In Search Of Ourselves." Visit him online:


Written by Craig Lock

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18. Look for OPPORTUNITIES in any decision. Each "mistake" is an opportunity to learn. I've launched into a writing "career" from a "mistake" (???) coming torepparttar other side ofrepparttar 101947 world. "Crazy wife!" A problem became a great opportunity to do something I'd never ever thought of doing (is itrepparttar 101948 "winds of fate", "the unseen hand of God", perhaps guiding me in a conscious decision). If you are making mistakes, you are not learning and growing. So say to yourself, "it doesn't really matter", or "so what"... then "get into this world".

19. Accept total responsibility for your decisions. Responsibility is not BLAME - so don't blame others for putting yourself in this predicament. Sorry 'wif'! This attitude helps to relieve your anger or resentment and gives one peace of mind.

20. Change course if your strategy is not working -repparttar 101949 quality of your life is at stake. My mistake is that I persist on a chosen course for far too long at times, like writing! Learn when to correct your direction. "If you don't change direction, you'll end up where you're heading".

Bear in mind that pilots are off course on their flight-path 90% ofrepparttar 101950 time... but they still arrive at their destination. Usually! When driving you are also continually making little corrections; so there's hope for me yet.

21. Be prepared to take a few risks in life. Look out for opportunities. Every successful business or venture started out with an idea which was a risk. Nothing is infallible. The knowledge that you can handle anything that comes your way is your key to allowing yourself to take risks. Security is a state of mind. It's not having things, it's HANDLING things.

and finally, 22. Look ahead torepparttar 101951 future in a spirit of hope and optomism -repparttar 101952 past is already gone. Seerepparttar 101953 path ahead as an adventure intorepparttar 101954 unknown and a time for challenge with many new opportunities. Every problem requiring a decision is an "opportunity in disguise".

It's a matter of making correct small daily decisions, which are our "stepping-stones" onrepparttar 101955 road to success

I loverepparttar 101956 following quotation...

"The past is history,repparttar 101957 future is a mystery, and this moment isrepparttar 101958 gift, that is why this moment is calledrepparttar 101959 present." - Depak Chopra

May all your decisions guide you towards a prosperous and happy tomorrow May all your moments be full of joy andrepparttar 101960 rich promise ofrepparttar 101961 future.

Craig Lock The "original" Online Creative Writing Course Craig's various books are available at:

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