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Why Focusing On Goals Is The Key to A Lasting Change

Why Focusing On Goals Is The Key to A Lasting Change

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible” Tony Robbins

I believe that life is given to us to challenge, to grow within, to step out of comfort zone and achieve the bravest dreams. To make your dream come true – make it as goal and act. Make a plan, clear steps for each day. And you will see how your life takes a new level, each day will count, you will take the best out of it and experience lasting changes.

Each goal is like a challenge, it is a chance to change within, to overcome the doubts, worries or other emotions, which don’t let you go closer to your goal. Which tells you – you can’t do it, it is impossible. It is a chance to learn something new in life and about yourself, it is an opportunity to grow.

1. Decision to pursue for the goal, helps to keep clear vision and thoughts.

If you really want to achieve something, there is no room for doubts, worries or other negative thoughts. You know what you want and go for it, with no looking right or left or back. Just straight ahead. Spending all your energy looking for solutions.

“I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done” Rachel Carson

2. To achieve your goals, you have to change your daily habits. It is a chance to discipline yourself.

You realize how many things you do in a day that take you back and away from your goal. You have to give up the things which take energy, time and opportunity to do something useful. No matter what it is — watching TV shows or go out for parties — you have a choice to do something which takes you closer to your goal or keep living as used to.

“The biggest distraction in life to one’s focus is often near locus standing people saying all hocus-pocus.”Anuj Somany

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3. The difference between dream and goal is action.

In action, you can learn something new about yourself. You open the world to you. You can receive new opportunities, experience and vision.

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.” Bo Bennett

4. By setting a goal, you take a responsibility.

You take your life in your hands and you know – everything depends on you. You stop looking at others with envy or other negative thoughts. You look only at your goal and yourself; there is no competition with others.

“If you take responsibility for yourself, you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dream.” Les Brown

5. By achieving your goals, you learn patience.

It takes time to achieve something, to see the results. No matter what it is – failure or victory. You can’t have it right away. You have to take off the pride, the rush and look at the situation realistic and do your best in it. At the end, journey itself gives you fulfillment and meaning, and the result is just a gift for your experience.

 “Don’t let fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”

Earl Nightingale

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6. When you turn your dream into a goal, you become more faithful.

When you have a dream, you wish and hope it will become true, when you have a goal, you have faith it is possible. It gives you strength. Even when you start doubting, the goal gives you strength to renew your faith and keep going. No matter how many failures you have experienced, you keep trying and believe that it is a part of the way to goal. You become humble, learn from the mistakes, take the lesson and go further with more understanding and faith.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King. Jr.

7. Will power.

Focusing on your dream, you improve your will power. It gives strength not to give up. Learn from each failure, to stand up and keep going, not to look back, thinking what if…!

“To reach a port, we must sail – Sail, not tie at anchor – Sail, not drift.” Franklin Roosevelt

8. Become kind.

Not the result, but the journey counts. How you do it. You can reach your goals with aggression, in rush or you can take your time, live your life where you are, and step by step create what you want and change within. Often when you achieve something in a rush, you can lose it easily. Being kind to others and yourself makes the journey towards dream more meaningful. And it is nice to look back at your way to goal and realize, you have made this world a better place.

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” Albert Schweitzer

9. Gratitude.

When you have reached some of your goals on your own, you can learn to appreciate it. To be grateful for all the failures, mistakes, for all the people who have helped you to come where you want to be. You take your time, sit back and feel gratefulness.

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“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

10. You receive and learn a joy of life.

By doing what you like, what you believe for. You share, you give and you create. Your true being blossoms and you feel alive.

“Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.” William Shakespear

11. You improve your creativity.

If you want to get out of obstacles. You have to learn to look at the situation from different perspective. When you are stuck in somewhere and you can’t get out of there, you do anything, become creative and see the unusual solutions.

“Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.” James Russell Lowell

 

 I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

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I would like to share with you the story about Lizzie Velasquez and Nick Vujicic. They have inspired me and made me think, what do I do with my life with everything what has given to me. They have achieved so much. The have touched other people lives by their story, believes, action and honest way of living. They have made the best out of what they have and the strong will and goal has lead them to the better live. Without looking around, taking personally other people judgment. The faith, will to live as they want with no doubt that there is something they can’t do, they have reached more than they have ever dreamed.

“If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?”  Nick Vujicic

What is your goal for today, for next year? Where do you want to be in 10 years? Who you are and what you do with that each day?

Featured photo credit: A new dawn/Justin Kern via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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