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Setting a goal will not propel you to do better. Goals provide incentive, but you must provide the determination. The best way to achieve goals are to write them down and put them where you can see them regularly.
When you write a goal, you imprint it in your mind. But everyone has lots of “to do's” in their day. And, emergencies and new tasks come up just when you least expect them.
Having your measurable goal in front of you, where you can see it at least once per day, is a reminder that you have a job to do: you must accomplish this goal. It's the desire to achieve that will keep you going. Even a simple goal can give you the confidence to stay on track.
“I will drink 6 glasses of water every day.” Quantifiable (6 glasses), finite (every day), and, while challenging, it is achievable. The reminder, by the water cooler, or by the sink, gives a final push each time you see it. It's doable, so why not have the moment to give yourself a pat on the back for job well done? How many other pats do you get during the day?
Set yourself up to achieve, and enjoy the moment each day, or each week, when you win!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|