Mapping your Goals

Written by Judi Singleton

You haverepparttar ability to attain whatever you seek; within you is every potential you can imagine. Always aim higher than you believe you can reach. So often, you'll discover that when your talents are set free by your imagination, you can achieve any goal. If people offer their help or wisdom as you go through life, accept it gratefully. You can learn much from those who have gone before you. But never be afraid or hesitant to step offrepparttar 124016 accepted path and head off in your own direction if your heart tells you that it'srepparttar 124017 right way for you. Always believe that you will ultimately succeed at whatever you do, and never forgetrepparttar 124018 value of persistence, discipline, and determination. You are meant to be whatever you dream of becoming. -- Edmund O'Neill

When one starts out drawingrepparttar 124019 map ofrepparttar 124020 journey of their life their are some rules to mapping this journey. "Thank Goodness for at this point I feel so overwhelmed that I don't know where to start," you say.

Ok let's beginrepparttar 124021 journey of a lifetime starts withrepparttar 124022 first step. Sometimes these steps are staggering and undecisive but they get stronger with each step one takes. Success is a choice. You must decide what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it. No one else can, will, or should do that for you.

So last week in Dreamrepparttar 124023 Impossible Dream we had already begun to take steps toward mapping this journey. Staying focused is a close relative to being decisive, but your ability to sustain your focus from beginning to end determinesrepparttar 124024 timing and condition of your outcomes. Again a lot depends on your belief in yourself to be able to keep on trudging whenrepparttar 124025 going gets rough for we all have those times when we falter in our belief that this impossible dream can come true. This isrepparttar 124026 time to stay focused for if we scatter our power torepparttar 124027 wind then we cannot achieve this impossible dream. When we try and do to many things at once and push ahead when we are too tired to go any further, we lose touch with ourselves. We no longer have long talks with ourselves and see where we are in this journey. Pushing ahead does not work and then we get discouraged so now at this time we need to stay decisive and focused likerepparttar 124028 little girl who knows that under that Christmas tree isrepparttar 124029 doll she dreamed of orrepparttar 124030 little boy who feelsrepparttar 124031 wind in his hair as he rides that new bike. No one could tell them thatrepparttar 124032 bike orrepparttar 124033 doll was not there.

Accepting failure alongrepparttar 124034 way is an important part of any map. The fundamental question is not whether you should accept failure. You have no choice but to expect it as a temporary condition onrepparttar 124035 path way of progress. Rather,repparttar 124036 question is how to anticipate failure and redirect resources to grow fromrepparttar 124037 experience. Faliure gives onerepparttar 124038 incentive to go back torepparttar 124039 drawing board and see where your map failed you, for you did not fail just part ofrepparttar 124040 plan was not built on solid rock foundation. So learn from your experience and go on.

One Hundred Goals? YES! One Hundred Goals!

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

Was this speaker stark raving mad? One hundred goals? He thought I could come up with 100 goals for my life?

The speaker, Mark Victor Hansen, compiledrepparttar hugely successful Chicken Soup forrepparttar 124015 Soul series of books with Co-Author Jack Canfield. He challengedrepparttar 124016 assembled throng atrepparttar 124017 Women's Business Conference to brainstorm 100 life goals.

Further, he encouraged us to work with a partner with whom we would swap lists. Together we would encourage each other to develop our list. We would hold each other accountable. We would help each other eventually reach these 100 life goals.

Seeing that he was where he was, and I was where I was, I decided to take his advice! How many best sellers does Mark Victor Hansen have anyway? Exactly my point! He was a best selling writer, highly paid motivational speaker, darn good dresser too! And me? I was an employee of local government who read a lot of inspiring books. The kids in my Sunday School class were motivated by my speaking. That was certainly worth something. My wardrobe? Usually bought on sale, or atrepparttar 124018 end ofrepparttar 124019 season on clearance.

If Mark Victor Hansen got where he was by writing 100 goals? Then I figured it would not hurt to try! My co-worker and I buddied up to walk together throughrepparttar 124020 process.

The next day I sat at my keyboard. At first I thought I would have difficulty in thinking up goals. Soon, though, I was on a roll. My goals were as diverse as "Have lunch with a friend one time weekly" to "Host a radio talk show" to "travel to Europe". I approached my co-worker to share my list with her. I also wanted to do my part as her buddy. I knew I needed to encourage her to write her own 100 goals. She read through my list, saying "Great! Oh, and you wrote 'Learn French twice!' ". With that, she went back torepparttar 124021 tasks on her desk.

" is your list coming, buddy?" I tried to sound as positive as I could on this one. Never sound accusatory towards your buddy, I thought

She looked out her window and replied, "My 100 goals are to get up tomorrow andrepparttar 124022 next 100 days!" She laughed at her humor. Me? I didn't understand.

Then again, her dream in 5 years is to still be working in local government. Perfectly respectable. Nothing at all wrong with that goal.

It is just not something that I could be particularly passionate about. Not something that I would be especially inspired by.

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