My name is Melissa Gregg, I am a 8th grade health education teacher.The reason why I enjoy my career is seeing the students challenge themselves to reach their goals. I am also a very active person and I love to run.

 Your Garden of Success

“If you fail and learn from it, you will succeed.” There is no such thing as being “perfect” all the time. Everyone at some point in their lives have made a bad decision, not made a team or have been rejected in one way or another. If you find a way to turn this setback into a learning experience, it will lead you in the right direction for achieving your goals. I am not telling you to seek to fail, but am asking you to strive to succeed. You are in control of your own destiny. Think of it as a garden. You have the tools in which to make your garden flourish. It is up to you to take the time and effort to plant the seeds and nurture them so that your garden can grow.

How do you get motivated to set goals and reach them? The motivation and drive to set a goal and achieve it has to come from within. You need to be intrinsically motivated. The way you feel on the inside has to have a stronger pull then any doubts or hesitations that may cloud your mind. As you can imagine, there are a number of reasons why people do not accomplish their goals. The biggest factor is a lack of self-esteem. The best way to overcome this is to believe in yourself. That is the key to success. Another factor that people face is being afraid of failure or that others will ridicule you. Remember, you control you; you cannot control other people’s thoughts and actions. If you allow this negativity to take over, you will waste valuable goal setting time.

The first and foremost strategy for goal setting is to WRITE IT DOWN! By writing it down, you breathe life into it. If you do not do this, you might push it off or not even remember what the goal was to begin with. I prefer to gather my thoughts in a journal or on a nice sheet of paper. Just make sure not to throw it away! If you take the time and energy to write it down, you will find it more meaningful to you and therefore something you will take pride in. Plus it will be a reminder to look at it every day. Yes, I did say every day. Make it a bedtime ritual and that way you will not forget to do it.

The second step is to PUT A DATE ON IT! Without a specific date to accomplish your goal, it can lead to procrastination. You will say tomorrow, then tomorrow turns into next week, and before you know it, a year has gone by and you still have not got it done.

My favorite part of goal setting is to daydream. You want to picture yourself there. See the big picture. Using all your senses is another way to achieve your goal. By drawing in your hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch, you can connect to your creative side. This is your chance to have some fun, just let yourself go and embrace the process. Your mind is a no judgment zone.

Once you have planted the foundation for establishing your garden to success, you must ask yourself what it is that you ultimately want to achieve. Why are you setting this goal? This is a very important factor in terms of making your garden grow. The more insight you can provide as to why you want to reach this goal, the more clarity you will find in visualizing those beautiful flowers blossoming.

From here, you need to set-up an action plan. Goals do not just come knocking on your door. You are going to have to work for it. What are the steps you need to get there? Are you giving it your all or are you just going through the motions? Opening that door and walking through it, just may be the hardest step, but once you do it, you will be that much closer to achieving success.

The last step in the process is to evaluate your goal. What were the positives? What were the negatives? Did you reach your goal? If you did, reflect on what worked and did not work so that you can draw from it in the future. If you were unable to attain your goal, what did you learn from the process? What can you improve on so that you can reach it next time? Oh, yes, you will be trying it again. Everything you do plays a role in the learning experience.

You are now intrinsically motivated. Get out there and start goal setting. If you try it, you will succeed. Remember, positive self-talk only!

To get yourself in the best condition for goal setting; keep your mind and body healthy. It does not matter how many goals you set, without proper nutrition and exercise, you will not be able to fully enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Now it’s time for you to take all the knowledge you have received and plant a seed of your own. Remember it is not going to bloom overnight. You have to be ready and willing to put in the time and energy it takes to bring it to life. Visualize the outcome. Draw in your senses. Hear the sounds of birds flying above, smell the floral scent as a gentle breeze wafts through, taste the summer fixtures of backyard barbecues, and most importantly, see the success of all your hard work come alive before your eyes. By setting your creative side free, you have allowed your garden to not only grow, but blossom to its fullest potential.

 

 

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