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Straine Practice Tip — Achieving Your Goals

Published on June 12, 2014

STRAINE PRACTICE TIP

WHAT’S BLOCKING YOU FROM ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS?

THE POTENTIAL OBSTACLES FOR ACHIEVING GOALS SET FOR YOUR PRACTICE
MAY BE ONE – OR MORE – OF THE FOLLOWING:

  1. I need to feel secure.
  2. I may fail.
  3. I doubt my skills.
  4. I feel uncomfortable with change.
  5. I have too many things to do.

IF YOU DO NOTHING ABOUT THE OBSTACLES THAT ARISE,
THEY CAN SAP YOUR ENERGY, YOUR TIME, AND YOUR ENTHUSIASM.

TRY LOOKING AT OBSTACLES THIS WAY:

  1. Build an internal security system within yourself by developing coping-skills that are essential for life in a world of certain change. If you always play it safe, how will you ever get anywhere?
  2. Confront your fear of failure. Why do you feel this way? Is this fear justified? Look at it this way – failing to reach a goal does not make you a failure, it only means that you didn’t reach that goal. In trying to avoid failure, you miss the adventure of personal growth, the fun of meeting a new challenge, and the excitement of experiencing those things in which you believe.
  3. Focus on the things that you do well and decide which of those skills can contribute to achieving your goals. Establish a realistic standard of achievement for your goals. Follow a step-by-step plan for reaching your goals so that you can mark your progress.
  4. Admit that change is a problem. The first step to dealing with a problem is to admit that it exists. Working against change can be stressful, while working with and through change is a source of energy and greater strength. Experience change gradually – try scheduling the changes that you must accept.
  5. You have the power and ability to prioritize your goals. Identify the most important goals that will generate the greatest return on your investment. Plan your hours, your days, and your months to systematically reach your goals.
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