Knowing who you are and where you are going will give you the insight for your future.

What are your goals?

Getting ahead in life is all about focus and achievement in your life. Pretty big stuff, but not so big that you can’t get your hands around it and get back to the basics so you can achieve your life’s goals.

Here are a couple of questions you should be asking yourself:

1. Did I accomplish what I set out to do last week?
2. Did I even have an idea of what I wanted to accomplish?
3. Did I play the blame game?
4. Was it the economy that affected my goals?

If you have read anything about goals, principled leadership or even goal setting from an achievement perspective you realize that every one of us allows something to get in the way.

Its part of that negative, skeptical thought pattern engrained inside of us. You just naturally create barriers. But there is good news,barriers are meant to be overcome! Failure is the teacher for success. When you realize what your failures are, you can move on to your success.

A great way to do that is to focus on your past and your present, and use it to inform your future. First look at your past; all the great, terrible, wonderful, unique experiences in your life that makes you who you are.

If you look back in your life I bet you will remember those unexpected experiences in life that were surprises, not looked for as well as those experiences you wanted to happen and then found not as rewarding as you anticipated.

Disappointment is just as important as success and self-awareness. Any time you find out what gives you a sense of worth and value that experience is worth whatever it costs you.

Additional questions you should consider asking yourself:

1. Is your present what you expected?
2. Are you happy, fulfilled and motivated?
3. Are you blaming someone else for the failures in your life?
4. Do you even know why you don’t feel fulfilled, motivated or happy or sad or upset?

A lot of us are not even aware what causes these feelings. The point is, never quit looking, asking questions, reading and studying.

Success requires lots of diligent thinking, hard work and perseverance. If someone told you it would be easy, they told you a lie. If they told you it would be the greatest thing you ever lived, they told you the truth.

Your future is the jar full of dreams, possibility and glory. It is the amazing stuff that drives anyone to achieve anything. Success is born out of a lot of practice, study, and focused effort over many years. It often means taking risk for our actions.

If you say at this point “you just don’t understand my situation. It just isn’t possible right now to…” You are afraid to risk what you have now in order to get what you really want in the future. You think it is more important to hold on to what you have now, than to reach for a life-time of dreams.

You haven’t really assessed what you really have to have and what you can give up. You haven’t determined where your key principles are and how you are going to change your own actions to realize that dream.

Combine the past, present and future into the image of what you want to become. Your brain is a powerful tool and is created to help you grow into who you want to become. The sad fact is many of us grew into what someone told us to be and never listened to the still voice inside that said I have the power to be all I can be no matter what other people say.

Make the step today and be all you can be and reach for the stars.

Charlotte Howard (590 Posts)

Charlotte Howard the “Book Writing Prosperity Coach” has created multiple 6-Figure+ successful brands teaching beauty industry professionals, women entrepreneurs, experts, coaches, authors, speakers and service based organizations how to amplify their message, share their story and use their expertise to impact people’s lives. She has a passion for helping her clients to create freedom based 6-Figure+ businesses by writing best selling books, programs and products. She is a book publishing expert and strategist who personally published over 1000 best selling books in 13 different languages. She is also the executive talk show producer and award-winning star of Heart Centered Women TV, Heart Centered Women Media Podcast and Success and Beauty Talk Radio Show on iTunes, which debuted at #1 on iTunes in multiple categories. She has been called by the Information Marketing Journal a “Information Marketing Genius” and featured in over 1000 media outlets including ABC, NBC and FOX. Are You Ready To Create Your Next Best Selling Books, Programs and Products? Contact her and her team today for a complimentary strategy session. Call 843-376-9044 or visit