The new year is only a few weeks away and people will start their list of resolutions. Don’t. Set goals and not resolutions. The problem with resolutions is they fade, usually pretty fast. You know the – I’m going to loss weight results in a couple of weeks at the gym and then not much else. We’ve all done it.
Set goals instead.
Aristotle said: “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”
Setting goals require a result, a target. It’s more specific and targeted. And if you do it right it will include an actionable plan to get there.
Here are some easy steps to guide you to set goals and achieving them.
Choose your big goal.
This won’t be an immediate goal. This is something that is going to take a lot of hard work and smaller goals along the way to achieve. Typically this would go along with your five year plan. This could be a job you have always wanted, switching specialties or maybe buying a house.
Set a timeline.
Set specific markers that need to met in order to achieve the goal. What needs to happen before this goal is accomplished? Do you need additional continuing education? Do you need to find a higher salary to save for a house? Figure out 3-5 steps that need to be met in order to accomplish your goal.
Write it all down.
This is the most important step. It is great to have an idea or a dream, but until you write it down it is less tangible. Once it is written down it tends to become more real and you are more adept to reach the small steps to get you to your big goal. Write down the steps, make commitments to help you along the way, sign up for classes, contact a realtor. Make those steps into actionable items.
Stick with it.
If you are training for a marathon in a year, you don’t just run for a month and then quit until a month out and then hope you make it. You train throughout the year and you keep increasing your times and stamina. You continue to work at it. Most often than not, people set a goal and begin with amazing strides but after time they lose momentum without continuous reward. At that pace, you will probably never meet your main goal. This is why the little steps and goals along the way are vital for your success.
There is research that says visualizing works, that seeing the possibility can help you achieve it. Athletes use the technique of visualization and so can you. Take a few minutes everyday seeing that goal accomplished. How does it feel? What changes because of your success?
Do something daily.
Everyday do something that is aimed at the main goal, and keep track of it. This is a daily reminder of your end game and it is also a tangible thing that you can touch daily to keep you on task and from giving up.
Most importantly, don’t ever give up on your dreams and goals. No matter how crazy or outrageous they may seem, you could very well be the person who changes the world!
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