How Foundations Help Achieve Your Goals

The first step in achieving your goals is to Set a Goal.

I didn’t say Set Goals, Plural. Set a Goal. Singular.

Usually one goal at a time is enough for a person to work on.

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An important fact is often overlooked: One achieved goal becomes a stepping stone for the next goal.

Another important fact is that keeping a goal in focus, focusing all of your energies on one target, increases the likelihood of achieving that goal.

When your attention is scattered among several goals it is easy to miss seeing an opportunity that directs at one goal that is out of your focus right then.

A goal serves as what I call The Hiker’s North.

A Hiker in the wild needs to know which direction is North, and the relationship between North and the direction to travel in order to arrive at the target destination.

North is the easiest to find at night by using the stars. Daytime travel requires either a compass, or knowledge of signals in nature that reveal compass directions.

The more you know, the less likely that you will end up lost.

The more skills that you develop in achieving goals the easier it is to end up where you want to be – to achieve success.

The more goals that you achieve, the more skills you develop to tackle more than one goal at a time.

This truth was brought home to me through my years as a classroom teacher. In education there are in every subject or discipline certain foundational skills, specific foundational knowledge, that serve as the base for building achievement.

The easiest example to provide for this is in math. The foundational knowledge deals with the operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide) using the numbers 1 through 12. The facts begin with the connections of the operations: Addition is the process of combining number values, Subtraction undoes Addition, Multiplication is repeated Addition, Division is repeated Subtraction.

This makes it obvious that a person must master Addition in order to achieve success in Math.

Mastery means that a person can recall, with automaticity, all possible combinations of the numbers zero through twelve (0 – 12). The best way to check your skills in this is with the online program at Sign up. Set your grade level as 8. Begin.

Addition and Subtraction facts work in family sets of 3. Example: (2, 3, 5) make an Add/Subtract Family. It works this way: 2+3=5, 3+2=5; 5-2=3, 5-3=2.

This is not a complicated piece of knowledge. It is quickly understood. The real skill that must be mastered is in applying the knowledge to the point of automaticity. establishes that automatic response. The visual stimulus of seeing the numbers, automatically brings to the front of consciousness the ‘answer’ and connects to the fingers to display the correct answer.

No delay or stumble to speak and key with automaticity.

The parallel Family arrangements are found in Multiplication and Division. (2, 3, 6)

Each of my students mastered the Foundations of Number Facts. I could then dive into Algebra with 6th grade students. Algebra is not complicated. It is logical. Students who have difficulty with Higher Math generally struggle with the basic math facts. That struggle causes them to get the wrong answers based on the operations with the numbers, not with the algebraic principles and processes.

The appearance is that they don’t understand math, so they develop an aversion to the subject – unfounded, but a strong emotional dislike.

Our brains and psyches were designed for achievement – success.

Failure is almost always caused by

  • a lack of foundation in the basics, or
  • a lack of work on the part of the learner.

A lack of foundation is easy to resolve. As long as the teacher understands and applies instructional principles, the lack can be resolved.

By the way, this is why you need a mentor who has achieved success in the area you aspire to achieve.

A lack of work on the part of the learner is a more complicated problem. Lack of skills or lack of motivation sit at the top of probable causes. This is not the post in which to address those factors.

All of this is aimed at: How to Achieve Your Goals. It is unlikely that you who are reading this are unmotivated to achieve your personal goals.

What can be done to ensure that we have the work skills necessary to achieve?

Number One: Set a Goal.

Goals that you set for yourself serve as motivation to achieve. I’ve never known anyone who established a personal goal with the plan to fail at achieving it.

Set a Goal. A personal goal is your motivation.

I previously wrote about Setting Goals. Check the Menu on the left

Number Two: Learn how to Achieve that Goal.

Learn the foundational information and skills.

Get a Mentor, get a Coach, get a book, get an online course, join a group that offers support and instruction.

Do one or more of those (more is better).

Number Three: Keep your Goal in front of your eyes and your commitment.

Talk about it. Write about it. Read about it. Associate with others on the road to Personal Achievement.

Avoid negative. Avoid people who are negative. Avoid putting negative into your eyes, ears, brain, social circles.

That’s it!

1 – 2 – 3 !!!

Practice: Consistently, Persistently.

Go Get ‘em!

See you at the top!


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