I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
– Jimmy Dean
Setting goals for yourself is never an easy thing. In fact, I sure that some of you set yourself goals and never accomplish them. Maybe some of you even set yourself goals at the beginning of the year, but forget about them eventually. Maybe you just can’t make the time or put in the effort. I can relate because this used to be me. I always used to make myself goals but I never stuck to them.
But first of all, let’s go over the big question: why set ourselves goals?
- You can measure your progress.
If you set yourself a goal and do a small part of it every day, you’re going to improve much faster than doing everything at once on one day. After a week or a month, you can marvel over how far you’ve come. Setting goals can help you understand where you are and where you need to go.
- The rewarding feeling.
Honestly, it feels great accomplishing something you previously thought was “impossible” to do. It also boosts your confidence and motivates you.
- The end of procrastination.
This is the most important reason. After all, who doesn’t want to become a more productive person? It’s easier to remember goals instead of keeping daily reminders you always forget. Every day. *Face palm moment*
HOW i ACHIEVE MY GOALS
- SOMETIMES YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE A GOOD, HARD DOSE OF REALITY.
I know that this is obvious, but one of the most significant steps include setting yourself realistic goals. Don’t make your goal something you want you final result to be, but rather work your way towards it.
- WRITE THEM DOWN
Don’t keep mental reminders. I learned this after a few years and I regret it. There’s a good chance you’re going to forget it, so write it down! Jot your goal down somewhere you know you’ll find it. Keeping notifications can also be handy. If you’re up for it, you could also start a bullet journal to stay organized.
- MAKE IT SMALLER
This is more effective when you take a long-term goal and break it into smaller chunks for each day. Focus on the steps. Instead of saying “I’m going to bake the largest cake in the world”, you can say “I’m going to find out the conversions from a normal cake to triple it’s size”. Okay, that’s not a very good example, but stay with me here.
Be ready to devote time towards your goal. If you don’t have much time in the day, you have to ask yourself how much your goal actually means to you. Mix it up, too. Take around 15 minutes a day to work towards it. At the same, once in a while if you’ve had a really long day, just take the day off.
- NEW MOTIVATION
Giving yourself a treat or rewarding yourself after you’ve completed your goal is motivational, and you’ll have something to look forward to. No matter how small, if it works for you, you can do a little to reach you goal every day. By thinking about what motivated you in the first place will help out.
- LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
When (not if, when) you face an obsticle however big, find a way around it. Instead of letting failure stop you, get up and try again. Think about how and why you stumbled, and plan for it next time. Setbacks happen every now and then.
What are your thoughts?