Issue: 4 
Jan 2013  
Breakthroughs Newsletter 
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Goal Setting

I like to look at the New Year as a time of reflection and new beginning. Many people set new goals at this time of year. I would encourage you to sit down as a family or with a friend and discuss one or two goals for 2013. Sharing your goals with others helps you to choose to become accountable. This is a great time to help your children learn about goal setting and perhaps the need to adjust the size of a goal. Most people stop at the goal setting stage and never think through the steps required to achieve that goal. Without a plan the goal is really more like a dream or a desire and often never goes past that stage. The lack of success in achieving goals can lead to not even attempting to set them.


I'd like to encourage you to set aside your past experiences with goal setting and try again. I once read, "The only reason to look back is to learn from our past and move forward." This time select one or two goals you

really want to achieve. Remember to create a plan of specific measurable

steps that you will take to accomplish it. Write the goals, steps and your new plan on a 3x5 card and read them daily out loud. If you weren't able to come up with a plan initially, I've found if I read the goals daily, the plan often unfolds.


Here's wishing you and yours a Happy New Year as you reflect and stir yourself and others to set and achieve worthwhile goals. Let's make 2013 a year of breakthroughs.


Making a Difference Together,


Pauline Turton

Founder and Director
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