Goals are the most powerful driving force in your life. When you stop setting goals, you stop enjoying all of the amazing rewards life has to offer you. I know this first hand. In 1999, my wife was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Her oncologist instructed me to keep her positive. I helped her to set and accomplish life-changing goals.

Goals allowed us to look beyond our temporary hardships and set-backs, and allowed us to start focusing on a greater life. We realized that we could always control two things: our thoughts and our actions! We made the choice to stay on track with our goals. Three months ago, my wife was diagnosed again, this time with breast cancer.

Again, we controlled our thoughts and our actions. We began to set and accomplish more goals. Never allow your circumstances to hold you back. Force them to push you to a greater life! Regardless of what you are going through, now is the time to set new goals.

Just five months ago, most people in our country set their New Year’s Resolutions. Did you? What are you doing to ensure that you have a successful year? Most people waste time setting New Year’s Resolutions. Yes, I said waste time! Each year, New Year’s Resolutions are set, but never achieved. People set them in December, start them in January, and forget about them in February. Your goals are too important to repeat this cycle.

I always recommend that you set goals instead. Why goals? Because goals inspire! They cause you to focus on what is important in your life. A resolution is nothing more than an attempt to fix something, to resolve it. That’s not fun! Goals create hope, momentum, and inspire you to take action.

Goals have an amazing way of adding fulfillment to your life. They cause you to get up in the morning with excitement. No matter what circumstances you face, you will always find a way to accomplish important goals.

Write down three goals that will allow you to have a greater life. Spend a few minutes thinking about the goals that are most important to you. To take your goals beyond the “Resolution” phase, write down the reasons for accomplishing each goal. Strong reasons are a critical component to accomplishing your goals. A goal without a reason is like a car without an engine.

Author's Bio: 

Erik Therwanger is one of the nation's leading thinkers on issues of personal growth, professional development, and organizational excellence. Understanding the challenges faced by businesses striving for greater results, Erik focuses on the skills he honed in the U.S. Marine Corps, the financial services industry, and the entertainment industry, to impact growth-oriented companies.

Erik is the Founder and President of Think GREAT, LLC, a specialized consulting firm focused on accomplishing corporate goals through a unique combination of leadership, team building and sales training. Erik draws on his twenty years of experience as a leader, entrepreneur, and presenter, in multiple fields, to accomplish his mission – to help organizations achieve greater results.

As a speaker and consultant, Erik teaches individuals and businesses how they can exceed the expectations of their own potential. His strategies provide team members with the tools needed to achieve new levels of success. With a lasting message of inspiration, he empowers audiences as he describes his life-changing experience of being his wife’s caregiver, during both of her battles with cancer.

Erik's interactive and entertaining style allows audiences to connect and relate as he shows them how to open new doors to success in their personal and professional lives. More than just a presenter, Erik provides consistent coaching and training to ensure that organizations exceed their expectations. His dynamic 90 Day Run is designed to help accomplish corporate goals by developing a solid plan, initiating the appropriate actions, and providing detailed accountability of performance.

Erik conveys many of his insights through the writings in his book The GOAL Formula. The strategies and techniques offered in this book provide organizations with the competitive edge for accomplishing corporate goals and are a powerful component of his keynote speeches and executive seminars.

Committed to helping in the fight against cancer, Erik dedicates his time to raising money through the Relay For Life. He also serves as a Legislative Ambassador with the American Cancer Society.

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