Stress blog

Make your goal real — Put it on the calendar

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. June 20, 2012

Need more help?

If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Everyone has heard the advice about breaking down a project into small pieces so that it does not seem so overwhelming. To run a marathon of 26.2 miles seems daunting, but if it's viewed as three or four small races, the distance seems more achievable. Let me expand on this in terms of goal setting.

I recently read a magazine profile three successful individuals:

  • An athlete coming back from a serious injury who circles the first game of the season on his calendar.
  • A CEO of an international corporation who circles the 100th day of his taking over.
  • A recent law school graduate who puts on his calendar an 18-week study program to prepare for the bar exam.

What I learned from these three individuals is the importance of setting a goal. Whether it's in sports, profession or law, achieving a goal starts with visualizing it. And circling the date of the event is as important as mapping out a strategy to achieve the goal.

These individuals left nothing to chance. Everything was orchestrated to position them for success. We also can position ourselves for success and shift the odds in our favor.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

Follow on Twitter: @EdwardCreagan

Join the discussion at #Stress.

4 Comments Posted

Jun. 20, 2012