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We all have dreams and aspirations.  It's natural to think about the future and what we might do or have in our future.  It's also natural to put off our goals.  How often have you said to yourself, "I'm too busy, I'll look into that later."   Or, "I'd love to travel to France, but I'll never have the time or money."

Did you know that if you write down your goals and a plan on how to achieve them that you are far more likely to succeed?  Have you at least created a list of goals?  

Let's get started, here are just a few of my goals:

1.Go back to school and get a Master's degree.
2.Retire by the time I am 60!
3.Drop 20 pounds and keep it off.
4.Travel to Italy.

Now for the action plan

My goal to go back to school and earn my Master's degree was a goal that I've had since I graduated from college in 1989.  Before I worked on an action plan, I kept telling myself that I didn't have the time and that I would be neglecting other commitments.  I realized that these were just excuses that were holding me back.  

Six years ago I finally wrote down that goal on a piece of paper and listed the steps/actions that I would need to take to accomplish that goal.  This list gave me the direction that I needed and, seeing the goal broken down into manageable steps, the confidence that I needed – this goal was achievable!  Some actions were simple; for example, I needed to think about how I wanted to learn: Would an online program work for me?  Or would I prefer an instructor-led program?  After I determined that a fully on-line program would be ideal given my other commitments (I have a crazy schedule!), it was time to research the available Masters' programs that were offered on-line. And, after a couple of weeks of research, emails, and phone calls, I had made a decision on the University and the program.  

I am now five classes away from accomplishing this twenty year-long goal.  Most Master's program can be accomplished in two years (part-time).  By the time I complete this program, it will be close to six years of effort.  A long road; however, well worth it!  I've learned so much that I have been able to put to use at work and in my life.  If I hadn't made the decision to break that goal down into manageable steps ... I might still be dreaming about it.

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