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Live, not just Survive


Life is a journey; the same can be said for your career. We all have dreams, goals, and aspirations that we want to achieve. Whether starting your own business or getting that promotion at work, setting goals is essential to making those dreams come true. Goals keep you focused on what you want out of life and can help motivate you when times get tough. Follow these tips to start setting realistic goals today!

Setting goals

The world is full of incredible things to experience, so create goals that scare you.

Setting goals and achieving them is one of the best ways to feel like your life is moving forward. It gives you a sense of purpose, a reason to get up in the morning, and something to strive toward.

If you are setting goals that are too easy or too difficult, then they will not motivate you or keep your mind focused on what is essential. Instead, set achievable goals that will help you reach your ultimate goal but still challenge you enough so that it feels rewarding when achieved!

Be fearless

Don't be afraid to take risks.

Don't be afraid to fail.

Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it most, but don't forget that you can also give back. If someone offers their assistance, take it! It's not a sign that they think less of you or your abilities; if they didn't think highly of them in the first place, why would they offer?

The only way we learn and grow is by taking action and pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones so we can gain new skills and experience along the way. Remember: the more we learn about ourselves and others through our experiences (good or bad), the better equipped we'll be when opportunities come knocking on our doorsteps because those lessons will allow us to handle them confidently instead of fearfully, like so many people do today.

Be prepared to be patient.

Patience is a virtue. It’s also a skill which you can learn and develop. Patience is about seeing the big picture and being willing to wait for what you want; it’s about choosing this moment over that one because it may be better for you in the long run. Patience can help you manage your emotions so that when your patience runs out, it does so in a healthy way rather than a destructive one. For patience to work for us, we need some practice and maybe even some coaching on how best to use our time wisely so that we don't become stressed or frustrated when things don't go according to plan -- which they rarely do anyway!

Set goals and actively work towards achieving them.

Your goals should be:

  • Measurable. This means that you can determine if you achieved your goal or not. For example, “I will read a book every day” is an achievable goal because it’s measurable and specific. On the other hand, “I will read as many books as possible” is not measurable.

  • Specific. This means you know precisely what you want to achieve to reach your main goal. For example, “I will read for 30 minutes every day” is more specific than “I will read more often than yesterday” because it gives us an idea of how much time we need to put into reading each day to accomplish this goal (e.g., 15 minutes per day would result in 365 pages read per year). If someone tells me they want "to make six figures" but doesn't specify how much money they'd like or when they'd like it, then I don't know what their end-goal looks like!

  • Time-bound: This means that there's a deadline attached which makes sure we stay focused on achieving our goals instead of procrastinating until the last minute when everything else feels more urgent too; plus, setting deadlines can help us feel motivated since working towards something with concrete deadlines tends to motivate us better than something vague like "just do whatever needs doing right now."

Strive for gratitude and respect from your peers.

"The person who says 'thank you is polite; the person who says 'thank you and means it is generous."

It's a simple truth that will make your life more fulfilling, but it's also easy to forget. So, let's start by reminding ourselves what gratitude looks like:

  • Gratitude is a powerful tool in helping us achieve our goals and achieve success in life. It provides energy for the journey ahead, makes us feel happy about what we have accomplished, and helps us appreciate all we have been given.

  • Gratitude doesn't mean being weak or submissive—it means being kind and caring towards others and yourself!

  • Gratitude isn't just about saying thank you once in a while; it's an ongoing practice that changes everything about how you live your life! There are tons of ways to practice gratitude every single day!

Your bucket list is yours to create, but make sure it's realistic!

You might want to create a bucket list for plenty of reasons. Maybe you're raising money for a cause or charity, and this is the first step in your fundraising journey. Perhaps you're planning on getting married and want to celebrate with some fun activities before settling into married life. Or maybe you need inspiration as you try to live out your dreams while working towards them.

Whatever reason may inspire your bucket list, it's essential that it's realistic and achievable—and that it doesn't include things like "become an astronaut" or "learn how to cook." These goals can be gratifying when they come true... but they require years upon years of hard work and dedication! If these goals aren't realistic for now, find something else that will get closer: take a class at night school, volunteer at an animal shelter, learn all about cooking online instead of going through culinary school (which costs tens if not hundreds of thousands).

Whatever direction(s) your bucket list takes regarding what steps are needed before completing each goal (such as learning to read music), make sure everything remains realistic!


Goals are an excellent way to keep moving toward a better life. They give you something to work towards, which is essential because they help you stay motivated and focused on what's important in your life. If you have goals, you don't just have vague ideas about what would make your life better; your goals let you know exactly where you want to go and how things will be different when those goals are achieved.

It's easy for humans to get confused about what we want out of our lives and how best to get there. Having clear goals helps keep everything in focus: what should happen next? What should I do now? How can I get closer today?


1. Remember, live life to the fullest and don’t let anything stop you! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out.

2. Stay positive! It’s easy to fall into a negative mindset and make yourself feel wrong about things or things you think will happen in the future. But, instead of dwelling on these negative thoughts, try to change them into positive ones. For example, instead of saying, “I’m so stupid because I forgot my work”, say, “I am going to do better next time and make sure I do not forget again.”

3. Don’t compare yourself to others! There will always be someone better than you at something and worse than you at something else. Everyone has unique talents and skills that make them special in their way. It would help if you never compared yourself with someone else because what makes them great at something may not necessarily make them great at everything (and vice versa). You are perfect, just as you are right now! So, focus on being the best version of yourself that

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