How the American bald eagle will help us succeed in 2017

    - Jennifer Garrott, PRSAHR Communications Coordinator

    I know what you're thinking, what in the world does an eagle have to do with being successful this year? I was thinking the same thing. Through vast (and somewhat scary) knowledge of the American bald eagle, wit and energetic personality, Van Rose, owner of Rose & Womble Realty and speaker at our 2017 kick-off meeting, made it all come together. Using the body composition and lifestyle of the American bald eagle as an example, Rose led us through four keys to setting successful goals. Check out a recap of these keys and a few fun facts about eagles below. 

    1. Goals must be written and specific. Writing down your goals creates focus. When your goals are written, specific, dated and measurable, you are more likely to keep yourself on track throughout the year. 
      • Fun fact! At the altitude of 10,000 feet, an eagle can see another eagle more than two miles away. That is focus!
    2. Goals must be balanced. Creating goals for only one area of your life will make you wobble. It is key to maintain balance among your personal, career, spiritual and educational goals. 
      • Fun fact! Eagles can reach flying speeds of over 100 mph.
    3. You must prepare to reach your goals. Take small, easy steps. Remember, you must take care of yourself first before you can reach your goals. Some folks use prayer, meditation, yoga or exercise to prepare their minds for reaching their goals.
      • Fun fact! Eagles have more than 1,400 feathers. They preen (clean) their feathers every single day. Do we take the same care of our minds and bodies?
    4. Risk is a good thing. Your goals should take you outside your comfort zone. 
      • Fun fact! Eagles place their nests 8,000-10,000 feet high. When the mother eagle is teaching her eaglets to fly, that's a long way down. Now that's risk!

    A few other takeaways:

    • This system fails without incorporating all four pieces: focus, balance, preparation and risk.
    • Placing goals in a prominent place such as your mirror or car, keeps them at the top of your mind. 
    • Find an accountability partner to keep you on track.


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