How to Set Goals And Achieve Them Over A period Of Time

As I repeated many times on this blog,  my main goal this year is to develop good habits and keep them. This goal needs to be reminded and reviewed every now and then to keep me on track as I can fall off the track so easily:).

Goal setting is a new concept I’ve adopted since 2012. It turned out, the whole process is not as easy as I first thought. There’s a deep learning curve for me from setting goals to learning how to achieve them in the end. Last few years’ pattern has been like this: I am always fully charged at the beginning of the year. My drive to keep up will generally last for a whole month till the end of January. Towards mid February, my passion for my goal list is gone. By the time it’s March, my goal list is totally forgotten. Everything would revert to my old, usual ways. By the end the year, I realise I haven’t done that much at all and whole year has slipped away, again. I still manageto achieve a little bit here and there but deep down I know that I have the potential to try much harder and I could have achieve a lot more. So you get the picture, I’m not happy with the progress I made in the last few years.

Well, this bad pattern must go and be replaced by something a lot better. I’ve made up my mind to take control and make the situation more satisfying. It’s late March 2015. I still have my goal lists and visit them once a week. And I have developed some beneficial habits and intend to keep them for life. So I’m slowly learning how to set goals and achieve them over a period of time.

Here are the 3 simple steps on how to set goals and achieve them over a period of time:

  • Identify the burning issues in your life and set your goals accordingly.

What’s the number 1 desire in your life at the moment? Is it weight loss? Looking for a new job? Attracting more clients for your business?

  • Develop a system on how to achieve your goals and set out a detailed action plan.

If weight loss is on the top of your agenda, develop a system on how to lose weight. There are many systems to make it work: go on extreme diet and eat little to nothing, exercise A LOT. Take skinny pills etc.. Say you want to develop a system to lose weight by eating less and excising more. You’ll then need a detailed action plan on what you eat, how often you eat, your daily & weekly excise routine etc.

  • Stay focused with consistent follow through.

Remind yourself of your goals periodically & review your process. Put your goals somewhere easily accessible so you don’t forget about them when you get busy. Review your progress and make amendments accordingly. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks easily. If your goal was to lose 5kgs in one month but you only managed to lose 0.5kg. Don’t give it all up because of that! Maybe this goal is too high for you. Usually slow and steady is the way to go!

Keep trying. Remember persistence is the key. Here’s my motivational quote of the week: “A river cuts through a rock not because of it’s power but it’s persistence. ”

How to Set Goals And Achieve Them Over A period Of Time


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Finally: Let your pass make you better not bitter.

“Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it.”

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”

“Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

“When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.”

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”


Sunset @ Hen & Chicken Bay, 25 Aug 2013


“Nothing in this world can take the
place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common
than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is
almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of
educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone
are omnipotent.
The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and
always will solve the problems of the
human race.”
Quote by Calvin Coolidge

get up never give up

Found a photo of mine taken over a year ago which I was going to delete initially but decided to keep it in the end. Suddenly realised nowadays I only  wear daggy clothes with no jewellery and make up on.

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Need to feel inspired again?

Here goes another doze of quotes of the week.


Don’t ever get comfortable when you have the ability to achieve more.

Every expert was once a beginner.

If we quit every time we felt uncomfortable we wouldn’t achieve anything.

Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your burdens.



Foggy morning - Darling Harbour, Sydney

Foggy morning – Darling Harbour, Sydney

“Women like my shoes because they look good on them, not because they look good on the rack”
— Christian Louboutin

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
― J.K. Rowling


“A word to the wise ain’t necessary, it’s the stupid ones who need advice.”
― Bill Cosby
“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”
― Mark Twain

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

Mount Wilson, NSW Australia

Mount Wilson, NSW Australia – 4 May 2013


“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.”
― Lemony Snicket

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
― J.K. Rowling

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola

Pyrmont bridge - Sydney

Pyrmont bridge – Sydney

Be consistent

“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”
― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”
― Oscar Wilde

“I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That’s the two categories. The horrible are like, I don’t know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don’t know how they get through life. It’s amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you’re miserable, because that’s very lucky, to be miserable.”
― Woody Allen, Annie Hall


Our plan for this evening was to go to Palm Beach to shoot sunset, depending on the weather. We’ve had clear, blue sky the whole day. You’d think it’s a good thing right? But for nice sunset shots, an overcast sky is preferred:). After much hesitation, we finally got in the car and managed to arrive Palm Beach 15 minutes after sunset. It was actually a lot better than I’ve expected! The hazel sky, light lit wharf and moving boats formed a perfect backdrop of Palm Beach. Here are a few of my favorite shots of the day:

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Happy weekend all!

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
― Albert Einstein

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

Paris - River Seine, love locks August 2012.

Paris – River Seine, love locks August 2012.

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
― Albert Einstein

***Always wanted to take some clear photos of Luna Park at night and I finally did it! Below is one of them. Can’t wait to share more photos!:)

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Luna Park Sydney March 2013

“The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.”
― Albert Einstein
“I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally. ”
― W.C. Fields

“What’s meant to be will always find a way”
― Trisha Yearwood

Eiffel Tower 2012 European trip

Eiffel Tower, Trip to Europe August, 2012


Happy Weekend!

1. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West

2. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
― Marilyn Monroe



1 .Be yourself… Everyone else is already taken… – Oscar Wilde

2. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
– William W. Purkey


One of the first few photos taken from my new camera around our neighborhood, before the sunset. It’s just a very short test run but I’m pleasantly surprised with the results.testing new camera (1 of 1)

Humorous quotes of the week:

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
― Mark Twain

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein