Basing on today economic situation and the fact that social security and retirements from the government are no longer guaranteed, I realize the importance of setting goals and looking towards my financial security for the future now. Like most other people I would like to feel secure with my finance, having a decent living place of my own, a good car, medical insurance, and possibility to spend my free time the way I like it.
I believe in setting and achieving goals. Goals guide you to future success in the same way that a GPS guides you to a destination. Setting a goal is like planning a road trip: you determine the stops and decide when you must ask for directions. Goals give you motivation in times of distress, providing you with comforting thoughts of a much brighter future weeks, months, and even years down the line.
Shoot for the moon, if you miss you’ll still be in the stars. Earlier I talked about my umpiring goals and how making it to the top level of college umpiring did not mix with my values. Some of you might be saying that I’m not setting my goals high enough. Not so. I still have very high goals for my umpiring career at the youth level. My ultimate goal is to be chosen to umpire a Babe Ruth World Series and to do so as a crew chief. If I never make it, everything I do to reach that goal will make me a better umpire and a better person. If I make it, but don’t go as a crew chief, then I am still among the top youth umpires in the nation. Shoot for the moon!
Writing down your goals creates the roadmap to your success. Although just the act of writing them down can set the process in motion, it is also extremely important to review your goals frequently. Remember, the more focused you are on your goals the more likely you are to accomplish them.
Setting goals in each area of life will ensure a more balanced life as you begin to examine and change the fundamentals of everyday living. Setting goals in each area of live also helps in eliminating the non-integrated thinking we talked about in the 2nd step.
First of all, unless someone is critical to helping you achieve your goal(s), do not freely share your goals with others. The negative attitude from friends, family and neighbors can drag you down quickly. It’s very important that your self-talk (the thoughts in your head) are positive.
In settings such as end of life care, patients present with many different disease processes and ultimately are there because they have an average of six months to live.
Another important option in my five year postgraduate plan will be pursuing further education. As for me in order to be a real professional in the chosen field one should study continuously. Moreover, every educational course is a valuable investment in myself as a professional, which can increase my value on a labor market. I am still not sure about the exact field of studying after getting nursing degree, maybe rehabilitation or holistic medicine. As soon as I will settle with it, I will understand what resources will be needed for that. I read that Education Systems Federal Credit Union has education loans, so I plan to apply to them in case I will need extra financial support for attaining a new professional level.
I believe that success is achieved by setting and pursuing goals. Even if you fall short or fail you can proudly exclaim that you succeeded in trying.
Reviewing your goals daily is a crucial part of your success and must become part of your routine. Each morning when you wake up read your list of goals that are written in the positive. Visualize the completed goal, see the new home, smell the leather seats in your new car, feel the cold hard cash in your hands. Then each night, right before you go to bed, repeat the process. This process will start both your subconscious and conscious mind on working towards the goal. This will also begin to replace any of the negative self-talk you may have and replace it with positive self-talk.
However, setting goals was simply not enough. I believe in not only setting goals, but achieving them as well. Goals do not achieve themselves. You must constantly put in the work and the effort necessary to achieve your goals. In order to achieve my goals, I worked hard in school to get good grades and still do. I decided to get a college degree in Accountancy in order to attain financial stability. There are so many different positions in every part of the economy for an Accountant that it would be extremely unlikely to have trouble finding work, despite the state of the economy. Accountants are paid well enough to ensure having more than enough to pay for all of my expenses and then some. I even plan to get my Masters degree and to pass the CPA examination, further ensuring my financial stability. My goals and my desire to achieve those goals keep me going strong when times get rough.
In my case, goals gave me the courage to move on through my daily life despite constant negativity. My life experienced constant twists and turns ever since the third grade. That was the year that changed my life. In that fateful year, my Dad lost his job, we lost a car, and then we even lost our house. For years and years to come, I watched my parents frequently struggle to pay the rent, the bills, and sometimes even for food. Thank goodness for food pantries and food stamps. We moved again and again, often because we could not afford to pay the rent at the previous house we lived at. I often heard my parents worry about coming up with the next months rent and paying off the already over-do electric bill. I constantly heard about and saw my family’s problems on a daily basis. In order to cope, I looked towards the future. I thought of the happier future that I could have and set my mind on achieving it. I set a goal to avoid living day-to-day like my parents did and still do. I set a goals to achieve financial stability and to never let a lack of money cause me the woes that it caused my family. Thinking about a better future made it much easier to get through the negativity of my childhood.
Ensign (2004) confirms the importance of having and adhering to a code of ethics as follows: A code of ethics states a profession’s goals, values, and level of commitment to the public and the community which it serves. The development and promulgation of a code of...