Motivation And Inspiration Day: How To Set Goals And Make Your Year A Successful One [Videos, Photos]

It's Motivation and Inspiration Day, and while many will take this time to reflect upon the things they want to achieve in the upcoming year, there is a sad story as to how this day came to be. Motivation and Inspiration Day is the brainchild of motivational speaker Kevin McCrudden who thought of the holiday in response to the overwhelming sadness and despair that occurred throughout the nation after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Congress passed Motivation and Inspiration Day on Dec. 18, 2001. Kevin McCrudden has a YouTube channel where he has numerous teachings on motivation and inspiration. Motivation and Inspiration Day is a great time to set goals and make plans to achieve a fruitful and successful new year.

Setting goals is the key to success. It doesn't matter where you are in life, what stage you're at, or how far or how close you are to obtaining your dreams. Determine what you want to achieve this coming year and then begin setting your goals. Motivation may be best described as the origin or spark that gets you moving or activates you to begin. In order to truly achieve motivation for achieving your goals, you must believe in your heart that you can succeed at your goals. In order to reach your goals, you must set goals that are obtainable. Sometimes many people fail at reaching their goals or give up on their goals because the goal they set is too difficult. If you are beginning something, make reasonable goals. It's much easier to stick with something if your goals are realistic and easy to obtain. Set small goals in the beginning and as you reach them, your motivation will continue to increase. In turn, you can set more goals that are a bit harder but still within reach. By choosing and setting goals wisely, you will increase your motivation and find that you are closer to achieving your dreams.Setting goals for the week, month, and year is a useful strategy that has helped many people achieve success. Your yearly goals can be something like lose 10, 20, 50, or 100 pounds. With careful planning and ensuring you are making reasonable and realistic goals, you can then determine how many pounds per month and week you would need to lose to achieve your goal. Your yearly goal can seem something more "fantastic" so to speak, and your monthly and weekly goals would be the goals that you set to help achieve the year goals. Breaking your goals down by week, month, and year is a powerful tool that can help ensure you don't start off with a task that is too great to achieve and can help you reach your dreams in a logical and well-ordered manner.What are your goals for 2016? Do you have any tools you use for motivation and inspiration?

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