Column: Effective Goal Making for 2016

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Effective Goal Making for 2016

Snippet: The new year is here, and for many that means it’s time to set goals. Unfortunately by the time January 31st arrives, many of those eager goal-setters have already forgotten them.

I haven’t always set goals. Before I became a writer, I started each day with the idea of, “What will I do today?” without giving thought of what I might do for the next six months—unless it involved a special event or a vacation.

Since 1997, however, I’ve been setting yearly goals. Some years, I did incredibly well; other years, I flopped and struggled and felt the regret of not reaching my goals.

With almost twenty years of goal-setting experience, I’ve learned how to make better goals that are attainable in a twelve-month span. I’ve also learned to not beat up myself if I don’t accomplish everything on the list. That’s important: don’t be angry if you tried your best to meet your goals and didn’t.

The key to setting obtainable goals is to make them achievable. That doesn’t mean unchallenging.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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