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The most common reason people don’t meet their goals is not what you’d expect. It’s not that they’re setting their expectations too high or are trying to accomplish the impossible–it’s usually that they simply lose focus along the way.

As we move toward personal fulfillment in our lives, the need to set and achieve goals occurs naturally. Some of us have a natural ability to stay focused, but many of us find ourselves starting toward change with great vigor, but somehow losing our “oomph” along the way.

I know that I have personally been guilty of this on more than one occasion. Loss of oomph begets procrastination…which begets loss of determination…and one day, you realize that you’re further from your goal than you were when you started.

This pattern can be destructive and make personal fulfillment an impossible goal–or one that gets lost in the shuffle of every-day-ness that each of us experiences without fail. So how do we remain focused on our goals, even through the daily grind we call life?

I don’t have all the answers, but I can tell you what works for me. First, I find that journaling (or blogging) through the issues is like free therapy for me. For example, I’ve used blogging in the past to successfully lose weight, a considerable amount. This involved a dedicated site with other members who were also blogging (and commenting) on their own journeys. As I went through my own transformation, I documented my experience, including pitfalls, successes, and revelations (of which I had many!).

So, not only did I happen along these lightbulb moments during this process, most often AS I BLOGGED IT OUT, but I also have a record of the steps I took, the realizations and realities I faced, and what worked to get past the hard times.

I know what you’re thinking. “Great, so I have a record. What good does THAT do me?”

Well, here it is folks. If you lose focus on your goals or find yourself unsure of what to do, you can always go back to basics. For example, if I lose focus on my health, I can go back to those blogs and use them as a guide to find my way back. It’s amazing how our lives seem to flow in a pattern, and blogging or journaling as we work through our issues and make new connections within ourselves is a great way to make the process smoother.

So, let me ask you, dear readers…on the road to success, what ideas do you have for staying focused on your ultimate goal? Tips, suggestions, thoughts?

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11 Responses to Keep Your Eye on the Prize

  1. That’s true. The reason we did not get what we wanted is because we do not put enough attention and focus upon it. If we have focus upon our goal then we will keep moving towards the goal and we will be on right track. This post have good suggestion towards staying focus on goal.

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more!! Since we have began blogging about various areas of Personal Growth, I found myself even MORE passionate about my personal development and our road to success in life, love, family and business. Because we’re always actively working towards it, we never lose focus. Positive thinking and our Attitude of Gratitude have become the best habits we can have.

    A few tips we have to keep you focused on your aspirations are to surround yourself with people with similiar dreams and goals. Being around like minded people keeps you heading in the right direction. It’s sort of like having your own cheerleading squad!!

    Another tip is to post your goals everywhere!! It can be on your computer screen, the frig, the bathroom mirror, the car dashboard….where ever you’ll see it. Not only will this keep you focused but it’s a daily reminder of why you’re working so hard everyday. I hope these tips help any of your readers. It never fails to keep us focused.

    Thanks so much for another fabulous post!!

    Many Blessings….Roxanne and Hugo

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  4. Great post Angie. I seem to have this problem as well. Some days I procrastinate like no other which keeps my dreams and goals further away. Other days I am completely motivated and keep striving like a madman. Blogging is a good therapy I agree.

  5. Awesome post. Thanks for your comments. Picasso’s is down on Mainstreet in Old Town St. Charles. Anyways… What I do to keep my eye on the prize is I tape goals up on my wall and everytime I accomplish one I check it off. Like one I have been working on is credit cards. I listed the credits I had and everytime I paid one off I crossed it off. I’ve been paying on some for a while now and have accomplished to pay off 3. I also figure about 4 different plans to accomplish my goals. Should one not work or all of them not work I go back and revise. hmm maybe I should post a Talk to you later girly

  6. Persistence despite failures is what can make you focused on your goal. Prepare for changes or circumstances that you may not have foreseen, by listing alternatives. I learned this by working in an event organizing company where the stress of a “successful event” demanded by clients is so apparent.

  7. Right Anjie…Focus n PASSION. The right balance of the two would help achieve those goals…one must love what they want to achieve. Not simply need, want, like to achieve the goal…but have a burning desire for it!

  8. I think I set my goals too high, or too soon! Anyways thanks for the suggestions, I haven’t checked into CafeMom, so I will have to now! 🙂
    I have done ebay, and then I saw some of the other nursing covers on there and thought, “gosh those are really nice”, I’m just starting out and dont have nearly as many choices as the “competitors!” lol, but anyways… thanks for the offer on putting it up on your site, I’d love that! Do you just want a widget? Do you plan to nurse past the year mark? I didn’t, but some do! :)Anyways thanks again for your support! I always appreciate that! 🙂

  9. Superb!
    Focus is an element often forgotten, and quite often not discussed….
    Enjoyable post!

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