Achieve Your Goals Regardless of Obstacles

You can be sure that life will at times be a twisting path of “potholes” around which you must navigate. You’ve likely been through phases of your life already where you wondered if your luck would ever change. Then, things calmed down and you discovered the smoother, straighter road.

 

Regardless of where your journey leads, it’s important to be able to continue making progress to meet the goals you’ve established for yourself. Through the tough times, staying focused on what you want in life will keep your spirits high and bring you joy.

 

The key, then, to a fulfilled life is to achieve your goals no matter what.

 

Try these tips to continue going for your goals even when life’s road gets rough:

 

  1. Know exactly what you’re after in life. What do you want your life to be like? When you’re sure, you can then plan your activities over the short and long term to help you achieve your goals.
  2. Keep your list of life goals short and to the point. Some good examples of life goals are“: Save 25% of my yearly earnings for kids’ education, vacations and retirement,” Take budget-friendly vacations out of the country every 5 years,” and “Retire when I’m 67.”

 

  1. Infuse elements of achieving your goals into your everyday life. Let’s say one of your goals, a trip out of the country, will be to Australia 3 years from now. Have a couple of books about Australia laying around the house, on your coffee table and nightstand. Listen to music from Australia on your MP3. Watch television shows about Aussie land.

 

  • Have reminders and tasks to do that are related to meeting your life goals throughout your home. Make your life goals part of your everyday life so that even when times get bumpy, you’ll be able to keep your eyes on what’s really important to you.
  1. Talk positively to yourself. It can be quite helpful to use positive self-talk. When you do, you’ll be more likely to keep working toward your goals in life. Say something like, “I’m in a rough patch but I will still keep saving for my retirement and my kids’ educations.”
  • Other examples of positive self-talk are “I can get through this challenging phase just like I did before,” “As long as I keep moving forward, things will be okay,” and “Life has in store many more wonderful adventures for me.”
  • Using positive self-talk will keep your spirits buoyed when you feel like you’re floundering in choppy waters.

 

  1. Reflect on your efforts in order to reinforce them. Even though you may be struggling, think about what you accomplished just this week to achieve your goals. Maybe you made a couple of phone calls, explored the internet to gather information, or drew up a new budget to ensure you’re on target for saving for your life goals.
  • The fact is you did something. And recognizing that will reinforce your efforts in your quest to achieve your goals. You can excel in times of great challenge.

 

Keep working toward accomplishing your goals even though life throws out more than a few obstacles at you. Know what you’re after and stay focused. Make your life goals a part of your daily life and use positive self-talk. Acknowledge what you’ve done to keep moving forward.

 

Apply these strategies to help you consistently work to meet your life goals. If you do, you’ll accomplish whatever you want, no matter what.

Clarify What You Want in Life With a Personal Development Plan

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a written plan for everything you want to accomplish in life? A Personal Development Plan is just that—it’s a blueprint for your life based on what’s important to you.

 

A well-written Personal Development Plan typically reflects your keen sense of personal awareness in terms of what you want to do with your life in areas such as education, relationships, and career.

 

Having a Personal Development Plan demonstrates you’re conscious of your own wants, needs, and values and that you’ve thought about how you hope your life will progress.

 

An important aspect of a Personal Development Plan is formulating goals for the future that you plan to achieve.

 

To get an idea of a Personal Development Plan, think about how your boss evaluates you at work. Your early evaluations of your work progress by your supervisor often include goal-setting, tasks, projects, and skills your supervisor hopes you’ll develop over the next year.

 

A Personal Development Plan is similar—it’s just developed by you for you and encompasses all aspects of your life—education, relationships, career, and any other areas you’d like to include.

 

Time Frames for Your Personal Development Plan with Examples

 

When you’re first designing a Personal Development Plan, it’s easier if you focus on the next year. Establish goals you want to accomplish over the following 12 months in each of the areas of your life you hope to achieve personal growth.

 

Take a look at this short example of some points that might be included in a one-year Personal Development Plan:

 

  1. Relationship goals. Get to know and establish two good friends in the city. Work on accepting more dates when I’m asked.
  2. Education goals. Contact local colleges to take a look at the art courses and training programs they offer. Sign up for and complete the Dale Carnegie course.
  3. Career goals. Talk with supervisor about the special project I want to start this year.

Achieve at least three of the four goals my supervisor set for me (by year’s end). Request meeting with supervisor to discuss the job milestones I must achieve to receive a promotion.

 

Keep in mind that the more specific you are when writing your plans, the more focused your actions can be in working toward accomplishing your goals.

 

Next, ponder your five-year Personal Development Plan. What’s nice about the five-year plan is that you can accomplish some pretty awesome and life-changing goals in that period of time.

 

Examine these examples of goals for a five-year Personal Development Plan:

 

  1. Relationship goals. Make efforts to develop a serious relationship by talking with my partner. Discuss my wants for the future. Read one book a year about how to have a healthy love relationship.
  2. Education goals. Check with three online college programs to find the one most compatible with my financial and time requirements. Then, complete my last two years of college so I can earn my bachelors’ degree.

 

  1. Career goals. Apply for up to three entry-level positions in accounting after completing my bachelors’ degree in accounting. Focus on finding work at a large corporation so more advancement opportunities will be available.

 

  1. Miscellaneous personal goals. Research three to five major cities where corporations I’d like to work are located. Narrow cities to two and visit each one to check out the city’s layout and neighborhoods. Determine which area to first apply for work.

 

Perhaps it’s time to get your life together by designing a Personal Development Plan. In your plan, include elements related to relationships, education, and career and the goals you wish to strive for in each area.

 

Discover the incredible personal growth you can achieve all your life through developing a Personal Development Plan.

Enrich Your Life by Embracing Your Individuality

Do you find it difficult to accept the person you are? Maybe you feel discomfort about being so different from everyone else. Or perhaps you find yourself similar to others to the point that you believe you’re boring.

 

Either way, it’s time to recognize that your special variety of character traits combine to create a one and only, very unique you.

 

Although there are many ways to accept and embrace who you are, check out these strategies to open your arms to the amazing individual you are:

 

  1. Take note of your habits. What kind of habits do you practice? Do you floss your teeth every night and consistently wash dishes as soon as you dirty them? Is your bedtime and time for arising always the same?
  • Understand what’s important to you by noticing the behaviors you routinely do. In a sense, your habits are your “trademark.”
  1. Describe your personality in detail. A wonderful technique for embracing your individuality is to think deeply about the type of person you are. If you had to describe yourself to another human being, what words would you use?

 

  • Maybe you’re always in a hurry or like to keep a very clean house. Perhaps you have a lot of friends and are quite gregarious.
  • Write down your description of yourself and be as thoughtful and thorough about your personality characteristics as you can. You’re worth the time this strategy will take.
  1. What is so great about you? Of course, you have your own special blend of positive qualities, like being a good listener, having a good sense of humor, and being dependable for others.
  2. Identify your biggest struggles. What challenges you? If you’re ever stumped about how to handle a situation, describe those situations on paper. Getting a handle on what taxes you the most increases your self-awareness.
  3. Work to improve how you handle your biggest struggles. Yes, identification is great but tackling each challenge one by one to experience success in those areas is very important to do for yourself. Why? Because you’ll see that you can overcome anything you set your mind to. Delve into self-improvement to learn more about the unique person you are.
  4. Remind yourself that you’re a decent human being. In order to embrace your individuality, you must accept who you are. Learning to love yourself and take yourself as you are is a great aid to loving and encouraging others. Sure, you have flaws, but who doesn’t?
  • Keep in mind that recognizing you’re okay doesn’t mean you can’t work to improve. In fact, accepting your foibles and less-than-perfect characteristics can help you improve.
  1. Vow to embrace who you are each morning. It’s a new day. You have opportunities to experience discoveries about yourself and who you are. Consider the unfolding day as a venue to keep learning more and more about yourself.

Actively work each day to love your individuality. Notice your habits. Stay in close touch with the elements of your personality. Know what is great about you as well as what kinds of things vex you.

 

Embracing your individuality and accepting yourself for exactly who you are will enrich your life in ways you can’t imagine.

Go From Uninspired to Motivated in 3 Easy Steps

Whether it’s losing weight or trying to land a new dream job, being motivated can make all the difference between success and defeat.

 

Preparation for success often requires hard work, though, and this isn’t always easy. Sometimes, you might feel like the only way to reach your goal is with unlimited amounts of motivation.

 

By now you’re probably wondering, “Where can I find my motivation?”

 

Try these techniques to spur you on:

 

  1. Find motivation from those around you. The world is filled with those who could have made it, yet didn’t for any number of reasons. It is also filled with many successful people who are motivating themselves each day to reach higher and achieve more.

 

  • The great news is that you can draw lots of motivation from both types of people. Those who haven’t achieved much can serve as reminder of where you probably don’t want to be and why you’re working so hard to reach success.

 

  • People that are enjoying great amounts of success can give you a concrete vision of where you can one day be.

 

  • In addition, seeing others like you becoming successful reinforces the idea that it is indeed possible to turn your own dream into a reality.

 

  • If others can be successful, then why can’t you? Rather than coming up with reasons why you can’t reach success, focus on discovering all the reasons why you can!

 

  1. Stay focused on the purpose. If you’re training to run a marathon, you’ll probably wind up spending significant amounts of time running every day. If you’re waking up every morning and subjecting your body to intense levels of physical exertion with no meaning behind it, you’ll be more likely to lose interest.

 

  • A major part of being successful is reminding yourself why you’re doing all these preparations.

 

  • When you remember your “why,” you’ll devote more focused energy into your preparation to achieve outstanding results.

 

  • It’s important to stay centered on the reason you’re doing something, and if you’re unable to come up with a reason, perhaps you should be doing something else.

 

  1. Believe in yourself. When you’re in the trenches, working hard each day to grind your way to victory, it can be easy to question yourself and your abilities.

 

  • Stay positive and have faith in your skills and hard work. Otherwise you’ll be planting a seed of doubt in everything that you do.

 

  • Remaining positive can be a challenge, yet part of the entire idea of having faith in yourself has much to do with continuing to move forward even when you’re not clear where your steps will take you.

 

  • This means that, even if you’re not sure exactly how you’re going to achieve your goal, you can still take steps towards that goal, knowing in your heart that you’ll successfully cross any bridges once they present themselves.

 

Practice using these techniques each day and soon you’ll find that motivation seems to come naturally to you. Your lackluster efforts will be a thing of the past as you boldly go forward into your shining future of success!