Goal-setting tips + tricks for 2021

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If you’re like me, you might be looking at the calendar and thinking: “How can it already be mid-January?” Granted, while it’s a new year, the weight of 2020’s baggage nevertheless lingers. Also, I’m still trying to establish my goals for the next 12 months. For those who might need a little extra push, I’ve compiled a list of “Top 10” links (in no particular order) that focus on goal-setting tips and tricks for 2021. And, if you wonder about the worth of goal setting, according to Forbes: people with goals prove 10 times more likely to succeed. Good odds in my opinion.

  1. https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikekappel/2020/12/10/become-a-pro-at-setting-business-goals-in-the-new-year-with-these-6-tips/?sh=3894eeb83900: be specific + celebrate milestones
  2. https://www.greeleytribune.com/2020/12/29/tips-and-tricks-to-goal-setting-for-a-successful-2021/: get support + embrace failure
  3. https://rdicorp.com/4-tips-on-goal-setting-set-yourself-up-for-success-in-2021/: be SMART
  4. https://medium.com/@KellySchuknecht/7-goal-setting-tips-to-make-2021-the-best-year-ever-17926e76127c: think outside the box
  5. https://www.coaching-online.org/goals-for-2021/: think about the “why”
  6. https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/smart-goal-setting: make it measurable
  7. https://dirtybootsandmessyhair.com/a-guide-to-effective-goal-setting/: make it relevant
  8. https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_90.htm: create an action plan
  9. https://benjaminhardy.com/if-you-dont-believe-in-setting-goals-its-because-you-dont-know-how-to-do-it/: adopt a growth mindset
  10. https://alwaysthewritetime.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/setting-goals-isnt-brain-surgery/: stick to it

What’s your favorite goal-setting link, tip and/or trick?

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All the things we carry: how to lighten our load

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The Things They Carried, a collection of short stories written by Tim O’Brien (1990), describes the physical and emotional things American soldiers carried while serving on the ground in Vietnam. Years ago, I studied the compilation while enrolled in an undergraduate creative writing course. Today, I think about all the things we carry throughout our lives. The intangibles that are out of sight, yet weigh us down in mind: the heavy burdens of emotional baggage, the ugly scars from our pasts. Yet I wonder if there’s a way to purge—to abandon and/or forget—the things that impede in order to make room for the things we choose to carry instead: an attitude of gratitude, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. And always forgiveness. All the things that help lighten our load along the way. Or perhaps the most important thing is to help carry each other’s afflictions in order to share the load.

What things do you carry that should be left behind?

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The road(s) to happiness

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People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.
Just because they’re not on your road
doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. ~ H. Jackson Browne

I like this quote.  It serves to remind us that each individual is unique in his or her own way, and that there’s no one right road to getting where we’re going.  It’s easy to attribute someone’s downfall, or even their success, to this or that path on which they traveled — and oftentimes it’s true.  And sometimes it looks like we’ve gotten lost when it’s simply a detour, without which we may not know what we were missing or appreciate what we had.  Or maybe while we’re traveling, we find ourselves distracted by the roadside attractions along the way, making it difficult to stay between the lines.  I like to think of these memory markers as milestones: the moments in our lives which stand out as catalysts for change.  One or more of them might even prove to be a fork in our path that leads us on a completely different journey.  But somehow we all manage to reach the end of the road.

Do you prefer staying between the lines, or taking a few detours along the way?