I’ve always been a person to set goals. Goals keep you on track they help you determine where you are in your life and how far you have to go. So I was pretty shocked when I learned that everyone doesn’t write down their goals and create steps to achieve them. If you have a goal but don’t have a time line or steps to get there, then it is a wish. So I came up with some tips on how to help you achieve your goals.
1.Don’t create too many long term goals!
It’s good to have some long term goals but if you have too many I think a couple things start to happen. One is that you get very hooked on what you want your future to look like and that can lead to people avoiding taking chances and veering from their path. Life is about exploring and discovering new things you can’t have so many long term goals that you aren’t allowing yourself to explore. Another thing that happens is you can get caught up thinking only about the future and not be Mindful. Focus on short term goals and have maybe just a couple generic long term goals that are able to adjust and change.
2.Write your goals down!
This is so important! Please please please write your goals down. I usually keep mine in my phone somewhere and look at it every so often to see how close I am to reaching my goals. How many people in October 2016 remember what their new years resolutions were? How many times did they revisit them? If they didn’t write them down probably never. I think it is very beneficial to have a physical reminder of what your goals are.
3.Break goals down into steps
If you have a long term goal to buy a house by 25 and you continuously look at this goal and you look at where you are in life and you think I am no where near close to buying a house. That could be very stressful and you may feel panicked because you aren’t close to reaching your goal. This happens often and this is what causes people to give up on their goals. YOU MUST CREATE STEPS! Create smaller goals that will some day add up to that big goal. I will use my own goals for example. I want to be able to graduate with as little debt as possible. So what are one of my goals for fall break? Apply for ten scholarships. Seems easy enough and I could probably apply for one scholarship a week I won’t get them all, but if I continuously make applying for scholarships a weekly goals then I will be able to graduate debt free. Achieving small goals can make the world of a difference in the long run.
It’s important to set attainable goals in life, so you know where you want to be and you can know when you have gotten there. Think about what it would look like to successfully achieve your goals and use these tips to help get you there.