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In February of 2008, Susan and I went to Bordeaux, France to visit our parents, who were there on an LDS mission.  It was truly a trip of a lifetime.  However it isn’t something that we ever really thought we would do, until we started talking about how great it would be if…. We dared to dream of how great it would be if we could go to France together while our parents were still there.  We could be tourists with Mom and Dad. It seemed like a pretty big dream, but we kept each other motivated, until we finally started the planning process and made it happen.  And it was so worth it!!  The things we saw were amazing, but more importantly, we felt like we got in touch with our roots, and with who we really are, as we took the time to relax and just enjoy in a way that we just couldn’t do at home being the mom and the one in charge.  It was awesome.

Being able to dream is so important in life. Growing, developing, becoming a little better and a little more with each passing year can be what really keeps us feeling alive.  Having something to look forward to is also what can get us out of bed each morning.

In The Devil and Miss Prym, Paulo Coelho said

Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”

We can all dream big, and then, with our eyes open, plan and expect to make that dream become reality.

However, it is estimated that 90% of Americans do not set AND act upon their goals. Without some type of plan (or goals) our dreams will become nothing more than pretty pictures in our mind.

Why do people resist setting and keeping goals?  Fear of failure? Stress about one more thing to have to do? We all have our reasons and excuses, but today I’d like to talk about 9 benefits we get from setting and reaching real attainable goals.


  1. Focus – when you have taken the time to clear your mind, and start the process of goal setting by writing down everything that you want, then re-evaluate your list, and prioritize it, you begin to notice the things that are most important in your life. By focusing on your goals you start to notice the insignificant distractions and let them go, as you choose to work on the things that are really important
  2. Time – Once you have focus and know what you want to do, you can spend your time more wisely. By concentrating on what you want to do, you can get to what you want faster
  3. Peace of Mind – Knowing that you have a list of goals and have written down the things that are important to you, you can relax, knowing that you have a plan to deal with each area of your life and you don’t have to be worried about how to get it all done.  You will get it done one piece at a time, because you have a plan that you are in charge of.
  4. Motivation – You can have a greater sense of purpose and increased motivation in your daily tasks, because you know they are going to work towards your greater good, reaching your dreams.
  5. Confidence – With each step of your goal plan reached, you can have your own private victory, and feel good knowing that you did it. Each small success is SUCCESS.
  6. Clarity – Day-to-day decisions are easier when you see the end in mind.
  7. Satisfaction –  Your life and work can be more satisfying as each task you accomplish brings you one step closer to completion.
  8. Future – You have hope in your future because you are taking control through the dreaming and planning process
  9. Happiness – As you set and achieve goals you will develop a greater sense of happiness over your lifetime, and a more positive attitude.

There are many benefits in the process of learning to effectively set goals and act upon them, even beyond the benefit of the goal itself.

If we feel like we “Have to” or “should” be doing something in our goal setting it can become very stressful, and we may want to give up.  Don’t fall into this trap. Keep your dreams foremost in your mind during the process. This process is for you to feel good, not stressed.

When we go about setting real, attainable goals, the goals will be things the we “WANT” to do.  We get to pick the things that we want to have in our lives.

Before you think about starting the process of goal setting, take some time to figure out what you really want for your life.  Ask yourself:

What could I do in my life that will help me feel more successful and happy?

If you think you might like to take the next step, and start setting some goals, but could use a little help, come check out our previous post with realistic goal setting techniques.

Keep your dreams real and focused.

We should be able to dare to dream, without being afraid of disappointment if our dreams don’t come true immediately. By setting goals we are taking one step at a time to reach for our own shining stars.                                                                            –Laura



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