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Happy people find motivation and inspiration all around them. When you try to be the best version of yourself, setting goals is a great way to start. Whether you are a college freshman, working professional or a senior citizen enjoying the newly-minted freedom of retirement, it is one of the greatest ways to stay on course in achieving life’s greatest pleasures. Here is HomeHero’s advice on attaining the best version of yourself through defining, working towards and achieving your goals.

  1. Write them down by hand. Under each goal, make a list of reasons you desire it. This list is a great reference point for those days your goal feels out of reach or motivation weans. Additionally, research shows that writing by hand more actively engages the brain, allowing your goals to become engrained in your memory.
  2. Create benchmarks. Just as a first-time marathon runner gets closer to running 26 miles by reaching set milestones during his or her training, you must create manageable targets that will ultimately help you reach the end goal. Allow yourself to be rewarded for each benchmark you meet.
  3. Embrace failure. Each setback in achieving your goal creates an opportunity to learn and may even force you to pursue that goal through a new avenue. The only way to truly fail is to give up on the desired goal altogether. inspiration-to-be-a-happier-you
  4. Know you aren’t alone. Just as it takes a team to build a village, goals often require the commitment of others to come to fruition. Ask reliable, trustworthy friends and family for assistance, even if that help comes in the form of moral support. As you strive to accomplish your goal, you can see the good that comes from it.
  5. Change your attitude. Truly happy people find good in every situation. The ability to change the way you look at things enables change to occur. Most often, happiness is a choice.

Writing down goals, whether short- or long-term, will help you become the best version of yourself. So grab that pen and paper and get writing!

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