Are You Reaching Your Goals? Or Do You Have No Goals to Reach? August 5 Motivation

Setting goals … this may seem like a “buzz phrase” used by mentors, coaches, educators, fitness professionals, and many other people. Yet setting goals in life is essential to keep us moving forward, rather than sliding backwards–or perhaps worse, standing still and stagnating.

Think of a slimy, green pond with no inlet or outlet, and the idea of stagnating should immediately repulse you!


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After my many attempts to blog consistently over the past few years, I have reached an epiphany of sorts: I need a reason to blog–not just blog for the sake of blogging or because “everyone else” is doing it, or blog because it’s more relaxing and different than my more structured freelance work–although at times those are valid reasons.


In addition to these reasons, though, I need a goal–because obviously, those reasons alone get shoved aside when other obligations demand my time and life beckons to tend to important matters beyond the computer screen.


I was inspired by this quote:


“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.

The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

–Benjamin Mays, Educator


This reminds me of the number of times I make those mind-numbing “To Do” lists for the day–and end up feeling bad about myself because I didn’t get everything done, rather than gaining satisfaction with the things I *did* accomplish. I have to acknowledge the fact that I usually put way too many things on the list than are humanly or realistically possible to do in one day!


So if you’re anything like me (and dare to admit it), the idea, then, is to not get upset about not reaching the goal–because at least we had goals to reach! Instead, we probably should take an honest look at what we can realistically accomplish in one day, week, month–and more long-term, over the next year, five years, and so forth–and concentrate on setting goals accordingly.


Now that summer is winding down, and fall will soon be upon us, followed by the holiday season …I figured it’s time to put old ways behind me and start some new habits and set some new goals that will give a new life to my blogs!


My overall goal for this blog is to use it to showcase my writing and establish it as a link to, and extension of, my portfolio; my short-term immediate goal is to follow the writing prompts from various blogging challenges and Facebook blog groups, to infuse some new life into this blog.


After having my own life returned to me back in 1985, as I have blogged about before  (Angels Among the Flames), I want to make sure I fulfill my purpose in life, part of which I believe is continuing to write and blog to share what I’ve learned along life’s journey, to hopefully help and motivate others who read my blogs.




What about you?


Do you have old habits to put to rest, and new habits and goals to establish?


Have you ever participated in blog challenges or blog mastermind groups?





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18 comments to “Are You Reaching Your Goals? Or Do You Have No Goals to Reach? August 5 Motivation”

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  1. Michelle Gwynn Jones - August 6, 2016 Reply

    I have goals and I’m getting there – some fast than I expected – others coming along slowly.

  2. tara pittman - August 6, 2016 Reply

    The kids are going back to school next week. I hope to blog better.

  3. Melanie Smith - August 6, 2016 Reply

    I’ve never participated in n blog challenges or blog mastermind groups. But I really want to do it!

  4. Julie Corbett - August 6, 2016 Reply

    Goals are such an important part of being healthy – physically and mentally. I feel as though if we don’t have something to achieve (a goal), then we have, in fact, nothing live for. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Susann, the Biveros Effect - August 6, 2016 Reply

    Love that quote! I think life is very dull without goals. I think I might have a goal for our blog but I want to keep it a secret. However, I do notice a great change in my levels of motivation when thinking of that goal.

  6. Dina Demarest - August 6, 2016 Reply

    I have goals in my head. But I need to get them on paper so that I work on achieving htem daily!

  7. Kandi - August 6, 2016 Reply

    Goals are very important to me. I am switching to being a WAHM so my goal is to get back into my blogging, build my business and earn my companies trip Jamaica. I keep to do lists all the time. But I only select like 4 items as my priority to work on that day.

  8. Wendy - August 6, 2016 Reply

    It is amazing how powerful the simple act of writing down goals is. I’ve had so many things come true in my life from doing this.

  9. Amy Jones - August 6, 2016 Reply

    I wrote down all my goals for this month and everything’s proceeding great so far! We need goals to keep motivated

  10. Elizabeth O. - August 7, 2016 Reply

    It’s important to set goals especially if you want to achieve something in life. It keeps you motivated and on track as well. I think a lot of people do not realize the importance of setting goals.

  11. victoria - August 7, 2016 Reply

    I have a daily goal in my mind but I need to put it on my task list. to achieve one by one.

  12. Jeff Proctor - August 7, 2016 Reply

    This article really hit home! I need to get better about setting concrete goals for myself and for my company. I’m optimistic about the future, though! Thanks for this post.

  13. Jamela P - August 7, 2016 Reply

    I am stuck in a rut. I have heard a lot about writing challenges. I’m going to look for one to join and hopefully get out of this writing rut.

  14. Kathy Kenny Ngo - August 7, 2016 Reply

    I always set my goals and I aim high. I always motivate myself by thinking of my son.

  15. Kathy - August 7, 2016 Reply

    I think it’s great to set goals, especially with goals. I don’t usually set many goals, but I really should. I need to get some of them written down. My pageviews are what I normally work on getting up.

  16. Emily - August 8, 2016 Reply

    Love this! Goals are EVERYTHING when you’re a blogger. Without goals I’d be lost!

  17. LIz Mays - August 8, 2016 Reply

    When I first started blogging and it was more of a personal blog, I participated in challenges and things. Now I’m not able to do that for lack of time, but having goals is a must.

  18. Ayesha Heart - August 20, 2016 Reply

    We don’t need to be motivated by someone everyday. If you have your BIGGEST WHY then there’s no excuse to get your goals.

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