Today’s post is written by a friend and mentor, Shanna Beaman. She is the creator of www.emomsblog.com and www.goalsmentor.com. She is a happily married mother of two, who has found a balance between work and family. I met her at the beginning of my blogging career, and we have encouraged and supported one another as we learned to express ourselves in this new medium. Her special niche is teaching others how to reach their goals. I hope you enjoy the following article as much as I have, and that you’ll put it to good use!
Dusting Off Your Dreams
by Shanna Beaman
When your children nap or start kindergarten, take some time for yourself to dust off your dreams.
As a mother or a father, giving 100% of yourself to your family is natural and you love and enjoy every minute of it. There does come a time when you have time to think about doing something for yourself, your future, and the future of your family.
What are your goals and dreams? What do you aspire to or hope for? Goals help turn these “wishes” into reality. You can have what you desire with some planning and that is what goal setting is all about. Goal setting gives you the necessary confidence you need to know that you can have anything in life that you want.
What is a goal?
Why should you set goals?
Goals give you direction; they give you a road map. You can’t arrive at a specific destination if you don’t know where you are going. When you know where you are going you will stop driving around in circles and head straight for your destination.
Goals create enthusiasm. Enthusiasm comes from within and when you have a goal, you have a purpose. Every day when you awaken you are excited to get up because you know where you are going and you are getting closer to reaching your dreams!
Goals make you happy. Your mind is alive because it has something encouraging to focus on. Goals help eliminate negative thoughts and discontentment.
Goals help you overcome obstacles. Obstacles are what you see when you take your sites off your goals, so if you don’t have goals, you’re forced to focus on obstacles.
Goals give you discipline. Goals make you mind yourself. Instead of just going through your everyday actions, now you will be asking yourself “Is this action taking me closer to or farther away from my goals?”
Goals give you confidence. When you have clearly defined and written goals, you move toward those goals with unshakable confidence. You don’t let anything get in your way.
If goals are such a great thing then why don’t more people set them? The only reasons that seem reasonable are that people don’t know how and/or they just don’t understand the importance of setting goals.
How do you set goals?
You write them down using these key factors:
- Your goals must be written in a present, positive state as if you have already achieved your goal.
- Your goal must be measurable, attainable and tangible.
- You must have a deadline, a timeframe, in place for when you will reach that goal.
- You must list the obstacles and the solutions to overcome the obstacles you may encounter.
- You must reward yourself when you reach predetermined milestones or when you reach your goal.
It is imperative that your goals incorporate these factors in order to be effective.
Be sure you set goals in every area of your life. A balanced life is a good life. The areas in which to set goals for are:
- Physical and health
- Family and relationship
- Educational and mental
Get serious about doing something for yourself. Writing down your goals and having a purpose to achieve your goals will benefit not only you, but your family and others around you.
by: Shanna Beaman
For more information on setting goals, visit: www.goalsmentor.com
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