You Don’t Want What You Think You Want
Some goals are set because other people want them for you. If you don’t really want what you say you want, it will be very difficult to set a goal for that thing. Be sure that you’ve set the goals for the right reasons and that it is something you really want. Write down the pros and cons of any goal and know why you want to achieve that result before setting it in stone.
You Don’t Truly Understand the Importance of Goal Setting
Many people think goal setting is just hocus pocus and doesn’t really work. If you don’t really understand the power behind appropriate goal setting, it can be hard to take the time out of your day to truly set a goal. To understand the importance of goal setting, read several books about success and you’ll find that the most successful people set realistic goals, and then worked that goal into their schedule every single day. Even people who experience overnight success didn’t really achieve everything overnight. It was many nights of following a plan that brought results.
You’re Not Really Sure How to Set a Reasonable Goal
If you’ve actually tried to set a goal before but didn’t experience results, it is probably because you just don’t know how to set a goal. It is not as easy as just writing down a dream. Goals aren’t dreams. They are realistic, specific, achievable end results that you want to see. Take the time to learn the best goal setting techniques in order to experience goal setting success.
You’re Scared of Failure
Many people do not bother setting goals because they have a self-limiting belief that they’ll fail anyway. Therefore, if they do not set a goal, they won’t have to be a failure. But remember that the idea of planning to succeed over planning to fail is realistic. No goal setting is a recipe for failure; goal setting is a recipe for success. When you accept that you can only achieve real success through goal setting, you’ll overcome this obstacle.
You’re Afraid of Judgment
Sometimes people are scared to set a goal for something because they see it as outrageous. For instance, let’s say that you want to go back to college to get a Master is degree, or you want to start your own business. You fear that if you set that goal, and other people know about the goal they’ll judge you harshly for wanting it or for some other imagined issue. If you are worried about what others think of you, it is time to dig deep inside yourself and get over it. The truth is, what you think of yourself is more important than anything else. When you stop judging yourself, you’ll stop worrying about the judgment of others.
You’re Afraid of Success
Believe it or not, some people are literally afraid of success. They feel too much pressure surrounding success to actually make goals to be successful. They are more comfortable in their role as someone who is not successful or who is normal instead of as someone who sets a goal, works toward achieving it, and is seen as a success. The truth is, there will always be people who want to tear you down once you achieve some success, but the saddest thing in life is regretting not doing something. Most people regret the things they did not do, more than the things they did do – right or wrong.
You Secretly Don’t Think You’re Worth It
This is where the way you see yourself is important because if you see yourself as someone who doesn’t follow through, who doesn’t succeed and who can’t change their life, you’ll avoid goal setting like the plague. You’re the only person on Earth who can control your actions, so you’re the only one who can set the goals for you, and the only one who can make yourself feel worthwhile.
You Don’t Really Believe It’s Possible
People avoid goal setting because they simply do not see the vision of what can be. They don’t believe. They don’t picture themselves fully at the point of success, experiencing success. Since they think it can’t happen, they don’t try. But, the truth is, you can’t know for sure about anything unless you follow the steps necessary to reach a goal. You can dream big, and reach for the stars. Trying is more important in most circles than actually making it. And, chances are that if you really try, you will make it after all.
Goal setting is an imperative if you want to truly see all your dreams and visions come to fruition. It doesn’t matter if it is business oriented or personal – setting a realistic and achievable goal, and then working toward realizing that goal on a daily basis does work. You just have to do the work.
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On yesterday, I was delighted to fly out to Houston attend the kick-off for one of my charities of choice’s Healthy Man Health Fair tour!
Individuals Providing a Positive Presence, Inc. (IPPP)—501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports communities of philanthropy where people are encouraged to provide a positive presence in the global community through local actions—will conduct a series of Healthy Man Health Fair in six (6) cities across the country over the next 12-18 months. These cities include Houston, Nashville, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Each Healthy Man Health Fair will engage local service providers to provide free health screenings support services and service linkage to the public. The organizers have connected with local chapters of national organizations such as the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association to provide health education to participants. The target population of event attendees are African American and Hispanic men 18 years and older, but will be open to all to people to attend and receive services.
IPPP’s primary objective is for each participant to leave the Healthy Man Health Fair with:
A baseline assessment of their health status and risk factors.
Scheduled appointments and/or contact with health care providers for follow-up.
Increased knowledge of local service providers and other resources in their communities.
Increased knowledge of useful tips and tools for improving their overall health.
Through this initiative, IPPP is showing its commitment to helping men of color reduce their risk of preventable, life-threatening diseases and providing tools for men to take charge of their health. It’s for this reason that urban metropolitan areas are the organization’s primary focus for the tour: urban metros possess large African American and Hispanic populations; a disproportionate number of low-income families, medically underserved neighborhoods, as well as a vast network of community-based organizations to partner with.
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Today, I had the pleasure of attending the KIPP Academy Leaders and Scholars Breakfast hosted by KIPP Nashville at the Omni Nashville Hotel. KIPP Nashville, the Nashville-based division of KIPP Schools, is leading the transformation of public education by helping its students graduate college at 4 times the rate of their peers.
At the event, KIPP Nashville students showcased their many talents and we got a chance to hear from KIPP Academy alumni, including Azariah Bridgewater, a Florida State University student who was among KIPP’s first graduating class. Azariah and her KIPP Nashville classmates are now entering their junior year in college; these KIPPsters are on track to triple the graduation rate of their low-income peers.
I was invited to the event by my good friend Jeff McGruder of Pinnacle Bank. At the close of the event, I ran into another friend, D.J. Wootson—a developer who is doing some great things in North Nashville. I chatted with him for a second about what motivates his work in the community. Wootson owns Titus Young Real Estate, a real estate firm that offers brokerage, property management, and residential construction services.
Wootson’s latest venture, 1821 Jefferson, is a new mixed-used development project on Jefferson Street that will feature a Bongo Java concept and a Smoothie King on its ground floor with 18 one- and two-bedroom apartments above. The project also features Google Fiber-enable internet and cable access, as well as a 24-hour fitness center and a spacious tenant lounge. Though it is still under construction, Wootson’s company is now pre-leasing some of the units.
“I love the fact DJ is creating a legacy for himself and his family through action,” Ridgel said about Wootson. “What he is doing for the north Nashville community with change the landscape of North Nashville for generations to come. His future family will be able to be proud of his sacrifices and accomplishments.”]]>
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They say anything you do for 3 weeks becomes a habit. So the #21DaysofJason is a habit forming annual celebration of life that focuses on taking time for one’s self, and enjoying your own happiness as well as those around us!
What will you do for yourself during the next 21 Days?]]>
America set up a trade embargo against the nation in 1960, as a reprimand against former president Fidel Castro’s alliance with the Soviet Union and human rights violations connected to the country’s Communist control. Now, Americans can now enjoy easy access to the country’s rice culture, tasty food, and exciting nightlife. Here are some things to consider for your next trip to one of the oldest cities in North America:
Where to eat
The best restaurants in Cuba are paladares, which are owned and operated by individuals rather than the state. Some offer a white tablecloth-style experience, others are more cozy and familiar. Where ever you decide to go, make your reservations well in advance and follow up upon your arrival in Cuba: space fills up quickly. Favorite paladares: Doña Eutimia, Paladar Los Mercaderes, El Chanchullero
Where to drink
Cuba has many claims to cocktail fame—the daiquiri, the mojito, the Cuba Libre—and their high temples can be found in Old Havana. El Floridita is one of those spots—the real reason to go is the daiquiri, which was invented there, and is still served up by waiters in red waistcoats. Schedule a tour of the Bacardi rum distillery. But to drink like a local, buy a bottle of rum to share between your table. Favorite watering holes: El Floridita, Sloppy Joe’s, El Mesón de la Flota
Where to shop
While there’s plenty of stuff to buy (and much of it is quite good), there are no grand avenues of stores like Fifth Avenue in New York or the Champs Elysées in Paris. Still, Cuba is justly famous for its rum and its cigars, and it’s worth making an effort to bring a bottle and a box home. The best place to buy rum is…in a duty-free shop in the airport on your way out of the country. A walk along Calle Obispo will also reveal some interesting shops. Other shops to check out: Hostal Conde de Villanueva, Taller Experimental de Gráfica, El Quitrín
For an even more comprehensive guide to visiting Havana this summer, check out this article in GQ.]]>
Being successful often means learning from those who have already achieved their goals. Having a mentor is an amazing blessing to an entrepreneur, but not everyone can find one in person. If you haven’t yet found your personal business guru, here are 21 tips for aspiring entrepreneur to help get you started.
Virgin CEO Richard Branson says his biggest motivation is to keep challenging himself. He treats life like one long university education, where he can learn more every day. You can too!
Do work you care about.
There’s no doubt that running a business take a lot of time. Steve Jobs noted that the only way to be satisfied in your life is to do work that you truly believe in.
Take the risk.
We never know the outcome of our efforts unless we actually do it. Jeff Bezos said it helped to know that he wouldn’t regret failure, but he would regret not trying.
Believe in yourself.
As Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” Believe that you can succeed, and you’ll find ways through different obstacles. If you don’t, you’ll just find excuses.
Have a vision.
The founder and CEO of Tumblr, David Karp, notes that an entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a desire to create it. Keep your vision clear at all times.
Find good people.
Who you’re with is who you become. Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, noted that the fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.
Face your fears.
Overcoming fear isn’t easy, but it must be done. Arianna Huffington once said that she found fearlessness was like a muscle — the more she exercised it, the stronger it became.
The world is full of great ideas, but success only comes through action. Walt Disney once said that the easiest way to get started is to quit talking and start doing. That’s true for your success as well.
Do the time.
No one succeeds immediately, and everyone was once a beginner. As Steve Jobs wisely noted, “if you look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” Don’t be afraid to invest time in your company.
Manage energy, not time.
Your energy limits what you can do with your time, so manage it wisely.
For even more tips on navigating this new path of entrepreneurship, check out this article on Entrpreneur.com.]]>
Contrary to popular belief, yes, there are black folks that ski. I’m pretty stoked about headed to Aspen deep in the Colorado Rockies on April 6-9 to catch the tail end of Aspen Ski Week, one of four week-long boutique ski festivals staged in mountain towns across the world. Aspen, one of the most scenic places in North America, offers tons of activities to engage in throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for some of my footage from the weekend and tons of pictures!
Wanna find out more about Aspen Ski Week? Check out the trailer below.]]>