Posted by: L. E. Barnes | January 24, 2011

Goal Setting Success

Are you among the many people who make New Year’s resolutions, but having trouble bringing your goals to fruition? Or do you generally have trouble making realistic goals and creating a good action plan for achieving them? If so, you’re hardly alone. I’ll admit that successful goal setting has been a problem area for me too. So how can we get out of the rut we’ve found ourselves in? Fellow Catholic blogger Barb Schoeneberger, who has struggled with firbromyalgia and other setbacks, discusses her experiences in the area of successful goal setting:

When I was employed in the business world, I never dreamed that my perspective on what makes worthwhile goals would undergo a sea change one day. Becoming disabled with an inherited neurological disorder, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue turned my world upside down. Then within two years there were three hip surgeries with two replacements because of a rare disease, and recovery complicated by fibromyalgia symptoms.

In business we set yearly goals with a strategic plan we knew was doable, measurable, and with definite times for checking progress and solving problems. But on the day I couldn’t work anymore, none of that mattered.

I had to make a switch from broad business goals in a finely honed system predicated on physical well-being to a few small personal goals. Otherwise, I wasn’t going to make it through the challenges ahead. How I spent my time changed drastically. Learning reasonable expectations for myself was very difficult. I was in uncharted territory. What was my new “normal?”

Read the complete article here.
Thanks, Barb, for your simple yet extremely helpful tips!
And be sure to check out Barb’s blog, “Suffering with Joy.” The blog’s title may sound like a contradiction, but in fact, we would all do well to learn how to approach our suffering with joy. Face it–we all will experience suffering of various kinds during our earthly journey, so we should cultivate the right attitudes to deal with it, rather than letting it overcome us. Christians especially should keep in mind St. Paul’s advice to “rejoice in the Lord always”–something he learned to do in the midst of all the hardships he faced in his apostolic ministry.



  1. Thanks so much for this post. God bless you.

    • You’re welcome! May you be richly blessed as well.

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