I want to work through some aspects of having goals in our lives. Creating them, chasing them and accomplishing them. No matter what stage of life you are in you should definitely have goals in life. Whether you are a student and your goals mainly revolve around schooling or you are married, with kids and a 9 to 5 job we all need goals to keep us moving forward and engaged in life.
Creating a goal is easy, what are your passions, what do you want to change and what do you want to do with your life are 3 good questions to start with. If you are incredibly passionate about something positive in your life how can you further that passion and maybe how can you help others or even make some moeny from that passion?
The first thing you really should do is to list out your passions then list out the goals that you would like to have in life revolving around those passions. Assuming they are good life giving passions how can you feed them and help them grow in your life? List out the things you might want to change or make better about yourself and then write down some lofty goals about things you want to accomplish in life. Just writing them down gives them power and meaning and will hopefully jump start you on the journey to accomplishing them. Honestly we should all keep a running list like this in our lives, always adding to the list and taking the ones off that we accomplish. I mean honestly how often do you think of some goal you want to accomplish or something you want to change about yourself, only to forget it quickly and move on in life. Write it down! Give it a chance!
Make a List!
You may have a short list or a long one, but either way you need to prioritize what needs to be done first. What affects you the most (negatively or positively) and what will give the most return(benefit) for the work it will take? Also, there may be a few goals that are quick and easy to accomplish. Those might be a good place to start to give you some momentum towards accomplishing goals but that is up to you. You know yourself, you know your goals and you know what you need to do, I am just here to help you gain some momentum.
Now that you have a few goals picked out to focus on, and you are making sure you are not overdoing it and overburdening yourself (because none of us would EVER do that right?) You can move on to the next step. That is creating the necessary steps you need to take in order for you to accomplish the goal. Now it’s important to keep in mind when creating steps towards goals that you make each step reasonably easy to accomplish or you might feel like you will never get through it and that might lead to you just giving up. If your goal is to run a marathon and you currently do not run, your first step should not be to run 10 miles. You definitely need to build up to it! Maybe your first goal should be to run for 10 minutes straight, or even 5. Just get moving towards the goal, that’s the idea of the initial steps. Just get moving!
Work Through The Tension
As you get closer to your goal the steps might become more and more in depth and more difficult and that’s ok since you will have momentum moving towards a goal. Momentum is one of those things that you have to work to stop, like a ball rolling down a long hill, you have to actively work to stop it. Once you build your momentum in moving towards that goal unless you decide to sabotage yourself or just quit moving you will make it, just keep moving!
As your momentum and accomplished steps bring you closer to your goal you may find that your timeline, or even your end goal may need to change and that is ok! Say your goal was to train for a 5K race, and while training you excelled at it so much you could run a 10K instead, its ok to alter your goal in the end as you go through the journey. Just don’t give up, thats the important part. Chances are if you are human like me, you have definitely given up on things probably right before you were able to accomplish them. I am here today to let you know that does not have to happen today! You can do it, get out there, get to work and don’t give up!!!