Behaviors vs. Focus for Set Goals _ You need to realize that when you set goals for yourself, they are outside of your control, so if you spend too much time focusing on your goals, you never achieve them. By contrast, if you focus on your behaviors rather than your goals, then you can achieve your objectives. You alone can see to your behaviors. They are what you can control. So, you have to ignore the part of your goals that you cannot influence and focus on the part that is in your control which is behaviors. Once you focus on your actions, day after day, you begin to learn all the information you need to reach your set goals. When you visualize your goal as already achieved, it puts you in a position where you can focus on a plan to make it. Behaviors are short term based when we set goals; it is usually seven days. So you have to think about what you can do today, tomorrow and this week, write them down and go for it.
Failure is Not an Option _ \"In achieving your goals, you may run into roadblocks. Don\'t let that stop you, go around, over, or under. If you are committed to your goal you will find a way.\" _ Catherine Pulsifier. By deciding from the very beginning that failure is not an option you set yourself up for success. Use your desire and drive to accomplish your goal; imagine how wonderful your life will be with the completion of your goal. Or perhaps contemplate the opposite: how unfulfilled and stressful your life is without it. Regardless of the method of motivation, you must never quit trying to reach your goal. Stay Positive _ \"Life\'s ups and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.\" _ Martha Sinetar. Despite all the previous steps that you\'ve followed to prevent any roadblocks from showing up on your path to success you will still inevitably run into them. But I have one piece of advice for you: don\'t get discouraged. Recognize that every set back and obstacle is an opportunity for improvement and learning. Recognize the benefits of being where you are right now: whether it\'s learning how to budget or live a healthy lifestyle; there is a positive to every situation.