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Achieving Goals

Achieving Goals

Date: Jan 31 2005


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In the spirit of working hard and getting stuff done, John and Steph have a talk about goals.
Having a goal can really help you focus and decide what you need to do in life.
How do we accomplish our goals? Check it out as John and Steph talk about it.


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John:  Hey, Steph, do you have any, uh, hints on how to achieve goals?

Steph:  Hints. Well, I guess one of the best hints I could give you is to create a goal. That’s the first thing that I do.

John:  Well I have a goal. I want to learn how to play the guitar. But it’s a, it seems like a really hard thing to do. So, how do you think I could get myself to do it?

Steph:  Well, if you really want to learn how to play guitar, first you should probably make a list of things that you need, like, um, a teacher or the time to dedicate to learning that thing.

John:  Yeah. The time thing is what I’m scared about. Yeah. I wonder how much time it’s gonna take. But I think I need to do stuff, like reminders. Like maybe some notes around the house or something that remind me to practice. Something to keep me focused.

Steph:  Reminders are good, or little treats after you’ve done the things that you have set out to do.

John:  I think it’s also good to block off a certain amount of time once a week or once a day. And say, you know, every day from 4 to 5, I’m gonna practice. And that way it becomes part of the system.

That’s true. Yeah. Just give yourself ten minutes a day and it’s not that much time. I mean, you probably spend that much time on your hair and then just do it and then have some chocolate.



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That was a really good idea to put reminders all over your house or apartment of the things you need to get done.
I find that it helps to have lists.
Another thing that is quite helpful is to imagine yourself accomplishing that goal and the satisfaction you will feel at that point.
Good luck!



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06:54 AM Aug 07 2015 |




It may sound great that reminders are efficient to keep yourself reminded of those you need to do. But the thing is, it's more likely that you just ignore them and pretend they are not there. Sometimes, it all about your willpower instead of what kind of situation or environment you place yourself in. People always find excuses to postpone what should be accomplished within a certain duration. 

06:14 PM Jun 27 2007 |

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