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7 Tips For Setting Your Greatest Ever Goals!

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Setting Your Greatest Ever Goals

Most of us know that we want more in life. Some of us want a better quality of life financially, some of us want to be healthier and feel better about ourselves, some want to gain more knowledge and perhaps learn new skills. Many of us have dreams and wishes for the future, which is great.

The problem sometimes with dreams and wishes is that we promise to ourselves that ‘someday I’ will get started an exercise program to start looking and feeling better and become a healthier person, ‘someday I’ will start reading more books or enroll in a course that will improve me personally and perhaps professionally. ‘Someday I’ will start paying off my debts and clear my credit card. Or ‘someday I’ will find a career or a hobby that I will feel passionate about. The problem with ‘someday I’ is that we can almost trick ourselves into believing that sometime in the future we will set concrete goals and take the necessary actions to get what we want. The last time I checked there was seven days in a week and ‘someday’ is not one of them. The time to set your goals and take action is now, you owe it to yourself.

I have been writing my goals down on paper for almost 30 years with different levels of success. I have found that the best way to achieve goals was to turn a goal list into a more manageable to-do list with deadlines. Here is my checklist that has helped me to set my greatest ever goals and achieve them.

1. Set Goals For You.

When you are setting your goals, they should be yours and yours alone, not your partners, not a friends, not goals that you feel pressurized socially to have. Don’t allow other people to determine your goals and your future. This is your journey, your adventure, and therefore your goals should be what ‘You’ really want to achieve.

2. Your Goals Should Be Important To You.

If you set goals that excite you and inspire you to take action everyday to get one step closer to achieving them it is a lot easier. When setting your goals, ask yourself ‘why is achieving this goal important to me?’ Jim Rohn said “When your why gets stronger, the how gets easier.”

3. Your Goals Should be Flexible.

The journey to achieve you goals and your dreams change as you do. Not every journey will be simple and straightforward, therefore we must be willing to adapt and change course when necessary. Be flexible but always have your end goal in sight.

4. Your Goals Should Excite You.

You should set goals for yourself that excite you everyday, but also goals that stretch you and force you out of your comfort zone. Plan each day in advance and don’t leave your future success to chance. Have the kind of goals and daily habits that will keep you on course for an awesome life.

5. Your Goals Should Be Enjoyable.

Every new book that you read, every workout that you do, or every debt that you payoff should be enjoyable and fill you with a great sense of accomplishment. If you enjoy what you are doing it, you will feel excited to keep up your positive life changing habits.

6. Your Goals Should Be Realistic.

Set goals that will stretch you, but be realistic. I will never be an Olympic athlete, a University lecturer or a Wall Street stockbroker, but I can still drastically improve my fitness, massively expand  my knowledge and clear my debts if I put my mind to it and take action. Have goals that you know that you will achieve with hard work and more belief in yourself.

7. Share Your Goals With Others.

Sharing your exciting goals is a great way to make yourself more accountable to yourself. You will be amazed the power of  sharing goals and working with others can have to push each other and help to achieve your goals. Be sure to share your goals with like minded positive people who will inspire you and push you.

Why not start today and create an exciting list of goals, and make the next 12 months your best year ever!

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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