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Let's Talk: Setting Goals

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Sara Bellum

When someone talks about setting goals, how do you respond? Do you roll your eyes because it sounds lame or maybe stresses you out? Are you a planner who likes to make lists? Talking about goals and thinking about how to achieve them may seem boring when you’d rather live in the moment. But setting goals can really help you be successful—in school and in life. Goals can be big and “dreamy” or small and focused, far away or around the corner. Most people have some kind of combination. So what are your goals, and what are you doing to achieve them? How do you stay motivated to reach those goals? To answer the question, you can either write your response in the “Leave a Reply” box below, or send us a message. As always, we read all of your comments and feedback. Don’t forget that you can always respond to questions we’ve asked before, so just drop us a comment. We always look forward to hearing from you!

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I'm trying to follow the example of a dancer I saw on a tv show. He writes down his daily goals, which include the most simple things like "Eat lunch at McDonald's," to things a person might do rarely, like "Jog around central park in the morning." I think it helps because you start simple, and the feeling that comes with accomplishing a goal and finally checking it off the list is pleasant. Eventually, the list would include more difficult goals to achieve, like "blog about an unforgettable experience today."

I'm always surprised at the fact that people are afraid to set goals for themselves. I think it's a function of years of telling themselves that failure is painful so why even bother. I have a small blog with many free goal setting tips if you choose to have a peek. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

I think that goals are set to achive what you want to. If you dont set goals for yourself you are not going to get very far, even if they are little goals like getting out of bed early and do your hair good, or get all your assingments handed in at school. After you start with the little goals you can go onto the big goals, and when you achive your goals, you feel like you have completed something that will make you and other proud of.