Setting goals isn’t brain surgery

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Setting goals
Declutter and simplify your life. Lose weight without dieting. Find happiness in six easy steps. Write a book in 20 minutes. Most of the time I wield a fast-food mentality as I look for an easy way to achieve results—a “how-to” fix. In between stocking the frig with healthy meals and the closets with clean clothes, working full-time and keeping fit, I seek short cuts when feasible—especially as it pertains to goal setting of any kind. But it turns out I’ve been making it way more complicated than it needs to be. One of my friends recently posted this quote on Facebook: Set goal. Make plan. Get to work. Stick to it. Reach goal. Last week I finally set a goal, made a plan, got to work and stuck to it for the full week. I wrote. Every. Damn. Day. And it felt fan-freaking-tastic. On to the next goal. Before I know it, Someday my dreams will come true.

What does your goal-setting process look like?

The stuff that goals are made of

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The stuff that goals

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The self-help books are geared toward goal setting.  How to lose five pounds in five days, become a millionaire, fix a relationship, find your purpose in life or locate your pot of gold.  You name it, there’s a book that’s been written with your name on it.  But for some reason, we find ourselves bogged down with scapegoats (see Excuses, excuses) to avoid going after our goals.  I also think we’re making it harder than it needs to be.  Perhaps it’s a matter of writing our goals down and committing to the things that progress us that much closer to achieving them, and eliminating (or saying no to) the things that don’t.  For example, if you want to write a book, playing online games instead of writing won’t make it happen.  But writing a blog or an article—although not a book—is still writing, which lends itself to the practice.  And try starting small rather than not starting at all.

What is one goal you’re setting today?