I just wanted to talk a little about the benefit of setting goals. Setting, and consequently taking action towards, goals is one of the most difficult things for the average person to do. Well, I’m hoping that by giving you a few pointers you will be better-prepared to set, keep, and achieve your goals! The benefit of setting goals is that, upon completion, you have done something you probably never would have otherwise. You have reached a new level of success and happiness that was missing from your life before. These are very important feelings to have since they contribute to your feeling of self-worth!
How to Set Your Goals
When most people decide they want to set a goal they actively think about that goal and in a lot of cases will set a time frame for getting it done. For example, one of the most popular is a New Year’s resolution. It’s a new year and everyone wants to make this year better than the last. Whether it is losing weight, making more money, buying that brand new something you always wanted or going on a special trip, it is done almost always the same way. An idea comes to mind and a path is set!
The problem with this is that that is usually as far as it goes and a couple of weeks, or maybe even a month, later and the drive to continue working toward that goal is gone. Let’s face it, we have busy lives and short attention spans! So how do we keep the focus and motivation to continue working toward our dreams?
The answer is to write those goals down! Don’t type them up and print them. You need to actually take the short amount of time and energy to put thought to paper, by hand. The importance of this action is that it helps to flag that idea as being important for your memory recall. It also lets your brain know that this isn’t just some idea but something that has actually taken physical form and is, therefore, attainable. As humans, we are driven to wanting the tangible, whereas we are usually only curious about an idea.
When it comes to succeeding at reaching your goals, there is a big difference between wanting something and being curious about it.
How to Keep and Achieve Your Goals
After you have set your goal and it is marked in your mind as something you can actually do, how do you go about making sure you keep working toward that goal. This is another reason why writing your goals down is so important!
You should place these written goals in a place where you can see them regularly. Maybe pinned next to your bathroom mirror, or stuck to the refrigerator, or attached to your sock drawer. It doesn’t matter where this spot is, as long as it is somewhere you visit almost daily and will notice your goals. Take the time to read over your goals, even out loud if necessary, just as long as you do this simple task each day. This will keep the goal fresh in your mind and reinforce the feeling of important and tangibility to your brain. Now you can go through every day with a mind focused on taking the steps needed to reach your goal!
Take the time to read over your goals, even out loud if necessary, just as long as you do this simple task each day. This will keep the goal fresh in your mind and reinforce the feeling of important and tangibility to your brain. Now you can go through every day with a mind focused on taking the steps needed to reach your goal!
This might have seemed very basic to you, but I’m guessing that if you are reading this post it is because you have trouble reaching your goals. If that is the case, have you actually taken the time to write them down and revisit them each day to remain focused? Probably not! So give it a try and I promise you that your ability to succeed at reaching those goals will improve greatly.