Yard by Yard, it’s Hard; Inch by Inch, it’s a Cinch! Part 2

In Part I we looked at resolutions as a matter of developing new habits; I asked you to get a journal; and I asked you to reflect over the last year’s important experiences, lessons  and/or a relationship deepened; then celebrate them all with gratitude and thankfulness.

This week we will be using that journal to begin the process of establishing and recording our goals.


Now it’s time to select topic goals that are meaningful to you. Here are some you could use or spring board from:

1. Personal Goals
2. Key Relationship Goals
3. Financial Goals
4. Spiritual Goals
5. Creative and Fun Goals
6. Business Goals
7. Travel Goals
8. Community Goals

Under each topic goal in your journal consider what it is you want to achieve over the next twelve months and write it down. I’m sure with a few moments of contemplation on each one you will find within yourself something you would like to achieve.

On a separate page for each topic write down what you want to accomplish in detail; break it down into achievable steps – after all, it’s a whole lot easier to climb the stairs one step at a time than try to leap up four at a time.

The fact is, when you break down each goal into small steps and keep a positive attitude you are developing skills that will take you where you want to go.

Keys to Success

1. Set aside time on a regular basis to review your goals under each topic and journal about the steps you are taking. Change your detailed steps if they are not working for you.

2. Write each goal as though you are already doing it (for example instead of “I want to eat better and lose weight” you could phrase it: “I am changing my diet and eating more healthy, nutritious foods while my extra pounds are slipping away.”).

3. Take a couple of minutes to resonate with what that accomplishment will feel like to you.

4. Look for pictures that give you the feeling of what it looks like to achieve your goal and paste them into your journal.

5. Record your victories and celebrate them!

Using these keys keeps your goals before you creating highly charged opportunities for manifesting them.

Congratulations, you are a long distance runner in training creating habits that will change your life!

Goals + Good Habits + Values = A Life Fulfilled

NOTEPAD & PENCILYour assignment is to give a very brief description what you would consider to be a community goal.


This two part blog was inspired by: Morter Health System speakers, Global Information Network speakers, and “The Secret” book and movie.


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26 thoughts on “Yard by Yard, it’s Hard; Inch by Inch, it’s a Cinch! Part 2”

  1. I have always tired to set goals for my self, a week, month to a year. Some I get accomplished and some I don’t . So it just makes me try a little harder and push my self to get my goals done.

  2. This is good I had not thought of journaling , my resolution has evolved into no dressing on my salads ;so far so good, I will use the journal like a prayer book Jesus will help me. He always keeps me on track.

  3. i agree taking one step at a time is the best way to accomplish things, it may take a little more time but your less likely to fall back down

  4. I think that writing things out and having a clear step by step plan on how to accomplish a goal increases the chances of achieving it. I think it important to make sure that you have steps that you can feasibly fit into your life. otherwise you can easily be set back and risk not achieving your goal.

  5. Journaling is exactly what I am doing to make sure I am keeping true to my personal resolutions. So far it is proving to be a great idea.

  6. I think everyone could benefit from this exercise. I know I would benefit from being more goal oriented. I especially like the 2nd key to success that says to write out our goals as if we are ALREADY doing them!

  7. I have to set mini goals all day long because it helps me break down my day. If I don’t then I get overwhelmed and it is hard for me to not get discouraged with everything I have I need to get done.

  8. A journal for goal setting seems like a smart idea.

    It seems like it would be a good way to keep track of how long things take and how much things have changed since setting the goal.

    This journal could also be used as a good example to encourage friends to help them stay focused on their goals.

  9. This was a great blog on setting & managing goals. I have always been a Believer that life should have goals, so this was fun to read.

  10. I have always tried to do better on several of these topics. In the past if I failed I would be so upset with myself. Over time I have realized that is not productive at all. Set some attainable goals, and do your best. If you have a setback, don’t beat yourself up. Just do better the next time! Best wishes!

  11. I love setting up goals for my self, it always gives me something to look forward too! And when I reach my goal it makes me very, very happy!

  12. This was a very helpful article i have been learning that by writing things down it is improving my ability to organize and prioritize my life. Thanks

  13. I was not going to make a New Years resolution do to I do not keep any of them. But I think I will try again by writing journal this time we will see if it works.

  14. It’s good to have goals, because sometimes when your wondering what you want to know you can just look it up in your journaling.

  15. When you write down your goals your available to break them down in to smaller steps. Fro example instead of saying by the end of the year I will have over one thousand dollars save. It looks big for some people but if you were to break it down to I will save up twenty dollars a week. It may seem more possible.

  16. I really like how this went more into detail on how to be more successful in keeping a goal that you set! great stuff, thank you!

  17. I’ve always been a go getter and setting goals was never a problem. Getting them done wasn’t always the easiest but with my ambitious, relentless, and determined mind set I always managed to get my goals accomplished no matter what it took. If I set my mind on something it’s incredible what I can accomplish simply because of a plan to accomplish my goals. This was very helpful cause it gives me some ideas to improve my success.

  18. I’m a great planner, but I’m horrible at following through. Out of sight, out of mind. So I get a few dry erase boards to hand on the walls in my room. I keep myself posted on daily, weekly, and monthly goals. I check off when I’ve accomplished something new. It seems to be working out better than I was doing before but still takes just as much commitment as keeping a journal.

  19. I haven’t thought about keeping a journal but I think it’s a great idea. Seeing your goals and the steps to get there written out would make everything seem more manageable.

  20. I have always been a goal setter but I do not always follow through maybe trying the dry erase board will help. I do not really like too much planning I like being spontaneous but I will try it.

  21. I have been working on personal goals a lot this year, and I think writing them down some how keeps us accountable and willing to work on them more, unlike if we just told ourselves that “oh I wants to learn a new skill this year” we will forget what it is that we wanted to work on and just push it to the back of our minds and leave it there.