Helping Others

Achieving Goals That Really Matter

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Goal setting is one of the best ways to get ahead in life – but only if you’re setting your goals effectively!

Are you trying for unattainable goals that you aren’t really passionate about? Do you quickly give up on your goals? It can be easy to get discouraged, but you don’t have to end up there!

With the right strategies, you can set goals that really matter to you and meet them more easily than you ever imagined.

Most importantly, your goals should be yours and not someone else’s. The goals that your parents, friends, and family members have for you may not be the same for yourself.

What’s Important to YOU?

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The Best Ways to See Success in Your Life

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In your quest for success, do you ever feel lost or paralyzed because you don’t know what to do next, or because you’re afraid you might make the wrong decision?

If you want to see success, you must keep moving forward, even when you’re afraid. There will always be challenging or confusing moments in your life, but it’s what you do after that matters.

Making the decision to be happy and move forward despite your circumstances is important – and it’s a conscious decision. You can make it, right now.

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I can help myself by helping others.

I believe that what I send out comes back to me many times over. When I help others, I am helping myself.

Often what I send out comes back in unexpected ways. I don’t expect, for instance, to get rich because I bought coffee for the homeless man on the corner!

But I do believe that the kindness I send out into the world bounces back to me in some form. It may be sooner or later, but it always comes back.

I recognize that it is counterproductive to give only because of what I might receive in return. Doing so voids the point. I give simply because people are in need.

As part of a family, community and society, I know that I need to help meet the needs of others. And by being confident that my own needs will be met, I am free from the tendency to hang on too tightly to what is mine.

I believe that we are all fluid at our core. We are meant to overlap each other. When I am stingy with my resources and emotions, I build a wall around my little pool.

Sure, the gorgeous fish that I’ve stocked my pool with won’t get away, but my wall also closes off the source of freshness and life. In due time, my pool would become stagnant.

When I remain generous with my resources, I am free flowing and open to the influx of life from all around me.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. Do I hoard my resources out of fear that my own needs won’t be met?
2. When was the last time I gave to someone in need?
3. Does my life reflect a kind and generous spirit?

Achieving Balance in Your Life

Finding balance in your life can be difficult to do, especially during these stressful days. There’s family and work obligations, plus extra-curricular activities for your kids and unexpected situations. It’s no wonder that you’re feeling out of balance and overwhelmed!

There are things you can do to achieve balance in your life. Below are great starting points to get you on the road to a well-balanced life.

1. Start using a central calendar for every member of your family.

This calendar can be a shared calendar online using Google Calendar, or it can be a paper calendar stuck on the fridge. Either way, have each family member write their activities on the calendar and be sure to include the time, location and mode of transportation. This way nothing gets missed and you can plan your schedule accordingly.

If there are conflicting activities, this is a good time to teach your family about compromises and the give and take in relationships. There are ways to work things out and a little lesson in selflessness never hurt anyone.

2. Take a look at your daily routine. Are there activities you can cut out to make your life more balanced?

In this society of rush-rush, convenience, and got-to-have-it-all or do-it-all, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all the extracurricular activities you’re involved in. As you look at each activity, ask yourself:

  • Is this activity necessary for my well being?

  • Can I live without being involved in this activity?

  • Is this improving my life or is this overwhelming me?

  • Is this helping others or is it purely for self-gratification?

  • Is this going to help me achieve my career, family, and personal goals?

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The answers to these questions will help you clean up your schedule and continue to enjoy the things that are really important to you and your family.

3.  Establish a daily routine.

Routines help us stay on task and get things done without procrastination. Without a daily routine, you tend to wander aimlessly, instead of engaging in tasks that take you down the right path toward your goals.

If you work from home, it’s easy to wander away from your daily routine because you can set your own schedule, so it’s especially important to have a routine and work diligently at sticking to it. Whether you work out of the home or you’re a stay at home mom or dad, a daily schedule is vital. Following an agenda will help you achieve your daily, monthly, and yearly goals.

4. Set goals for yourself, your family and your career.

Without goals, you have nothing to work for and you’ll feel lost without purpose. Talk about making things feel out of balance! Some worthwhile goals to reach for might be:

  • Losing weight

  • Starting your own business

  • A new house

  • A new car

  • Establishing a budget and sticking to it

  • A pay raise

  • A promotion

  • Learning a new skill or trade

  • Writing a book

Those are just a few ideas to get you started thinking about all the possibilities available to help you achieve more balance in your life.

Balance in life is something that requires constant attention and resilience. Don’t let the busyness of life get in the way of living your life to the fullest. You can accomplish it when you work at it. Keep trying and you’ll be amazed at the stability that comes your way.

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