by Timm, Think Tank Member

When we were teenagers most of us had a goal for our lives.  Some of us wanted to be doctors, lawyers, firemen, etc. I believe that some people had actually set positive goals for their future, but something or someone made them lose sight of their goals. Then there are some people who just lived their lives for the moment, not caring about setting any kind of goal.  If we fall into one of these categories, it doesn’t mean that we have to give up on life. We can still set positive goals starting today that will help us create a successful future.

Setting goals starts with small steps leading to an ultimate goal in mind.  You can start with what some people call a goal ladder–each step of your goal ladder brings you closer to your ultimate goal in life. I believe that we are all the architects of our futures. In other words, what you do today will mold and shape what lies ahead in your future. We need to get to a point in our lives where we no longer settle for second best; we need to realize our potential and set goals accordingly. Success comes in many different ways.  It is not always monetary; it can be physical, mental, or spiritual.  However, to be successful in any of these areas of our lives, there has to be goals set in place.

While setting goals for your life, don’t set yourself up for failure. Start off with small goals for each day.  Write them down and cross them off as you accomplish that goal. At the end of each day, look back at your list and give yourself some credit. If there is a goal that you were unable to accomplish, add it to your list for the following day and keep on moving along. What you will see happening is a real sense of achievement and pride that will gain momentum. Then you can start setting some longer range goals for your future that will help you reach your highest potential in life!

Setting positive goals is a choice only you can make for your life. I believe that there are so many people out there who have yet to reach their potential in life, but whatever you do, don’t think you your life has passed you by. Start today with goals that will mold and create a positive and successful future!

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