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Tips on Goal-Setting for 2019

Tips on Goal-Setting for 2019
By Melody Dixon

With the new year comes the season for making new resolutions. In other words, setting goals.

If you were to Google the word “goal,” you might find that a goal is simply a desired result. Goals are what drive us. Your short-term goals can ultimately lead to your long-term goals, for instance, to that dream job and luxury lifestyle you always envision.

Put Your Goals in Writing!

In my experience, listing all your goals on paper — from the smallest to greatest — would be the first thing to do. Reading these goals every day, and even meditating on them for a while to mentally plan out how you will achieve them, could be very effective. Once that plan is organized in your mind, maybe write it down, as well.

Use “Circle Diagrams”!

Using circular diagrams is a great way to brain-dump your dreams and goals in an organized manner. We learned to create circle diagrams — most useful for brainstorming — while in elementary school. In the middle bubble, write down the goal to be accomplished. Write in each of the circles surrounding the big bubble the qualities and resources you think are necessary to achieve the big goal in the middle bubble. The smaller bubbles should consist of things such as persistence; being a good listener; time management; enthusiasm and drive; relying on school teachers for help; or relying on family members and friends for support. Draw a second circular diagram to help you figure out what motivates you or what changes will contribute to the success of your main goal. The surrounding circles on the second diagram may read: (1) ten hours of sleep on school nights and (2) begin homework/studying right after school.

Get Inspired!

In addition to giving my own personal tips for reaching your goals, I’ve searched the Internet to collect some of the most inspiring, motivational, parent-and-kid-friendly quotes that might also aid in making your dreams and long-term goals a reality.

The quotes listed below are all from popular figure, Les Brown. He began working as a sanitation worker, but with faith and resilience, ended up becoming a state representative for the state of Ohio, and presently, an author and motivational speaker.

Here’s a little inspiration from Les Brown that will hopefully get you inspired to stick with all your New Year’s Resolutions or 2019:

“Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.”

“Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

“Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.”

“You must see your goals clearly and specifically before you can set out for them. Hold them in your mind until they become second nature.”

“Don’t let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead, give yourself that which empowers you.”

“You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.”

“Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”

“You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.”

“The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the ‘buts’ you use today.”


Melody Dixon is a 24-year-old freelance journalist and grace revolutionist who resides in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She earned her bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Mississippi and enjoys keeping up with the latest in popular culture, especially fashion and feminism.

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