People need goals in order to have a happy, meaningful life. Besides, you created who you are today, so you will shape who you’ll be in the future.
It’s up to you to take responsibility for your life and make it the best it can be!
“All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do.”
— Norman Vincent Peale
You need goals because you aren’t immortal.
Someday your ultimate deadline will arrive. I’ve had a few near-death experiences, so I truly know how valuable it is to be alive. It’s scary to think that your time is up if you haven’t done anything meaningful.
Remember, you’re only renting life. Therefore, someday you’ll have to return it.
One of the worst things you can do is waste your existence.
Life is one of the most amazing things in the universe and you’re incredibly lucky to be here right now. So, take advantage of it!
However, if you don’t have goals, you’ll default to focusing on things that don’t matter. You’ll depress yourself with negative thinking or engage in drama with others.
Whether you want to learn a new skill, improve your personality, or strengthen relationships, your goals will determine if it happens. When you don’t have them, you’ll spend time watching those who do, while your life slips away.
So, what will you do with this amazing gift of being alive today?
1. First, write down your goals
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
– Albert Einstein
What would change your life for the better? Decide what aspects of yourself need work. Where do you want to be in 5 years? Brainstorm some attainable goals and write them down.
You don’t have to live with the things that make you feel bad every day. If you don’t like where you live, you can start planning to move somewhere better.
You can get rid of negative people in your life (even if they’re family). Do what’s best for your well-being!
There are plenty of potential goals you can choose from! For example, you could learn a new language or skill, let go of resentments or become more positive.
Want to strengthen your relationships? Get in shape? Build confidence? Gain more life experiences? Whatever you want! Write it down on paper and the steps to get there. Then, put it where you’ll see it every day.
2. Believe that you can do this!
“Don’t let mediocrity distract you from greatness.”
– Asad Meah
People are happiest when they’re making progress towards positive change. So, feed your mind with the motivation and information you’ll need to achieve your dream.
Imagine achieving your mission and how amazing it’ll feel. Furthermore, you need to believe you can do it because you can!
Moreover, put an end to the negative phrases that held you back all this time. Never tell yourself you can’t do something or that you’ll do it another time. These thoughts will kill your dreams!
From now on, you’ll think of motivating and encouraging thoughts.
- “I’m losing 20 pounds.”
- “I am writing a book.”
- “I’m creating my own company.”
- “I am enhancing my relationships.”
3. What do you need to learn to reach your goals?
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” —Pablo Picasso
You might need to develop your skills so you can achieve your goal. So, write those out and how you’ll learn them.
Also, you don’t have to go to college when all the world’s information is online. The internet is a great place to learn how to do almost anything, and it’s free!
As you’re learning and practicing, don’t get discouraged if you’re not doing so well. You won’t be awe-inspiring at first, but that’s okay! Keep on being horrible! It’s the price you must pay to become incredible!
4. Make a plan
Next, write out everything you’ll need to do, and if you don’t know, Google it.
- Then, prioritize these steps and schedule time to do them.
- Break down the massive projects into smaller steps.
- Also, give yourself enough time so you don’t fall behind and get discouraged.
Then, hang your list in your daily line of sight and do the steps you planned to do in the times you’ve set.
5. Choose a start time and a deadline
Don’t tell yourself, “I’ll do that when I’m not busy.” You have to create time and schedule practice sessions so that you can build your skills. Even if it’s just an hour per day, that’s great!
It worked for J.K. Rowling!
“I couldn’t have written this book if I hadn’t had a few years where I’d been really as poor as it’s possible to go in the UK without being homeless,”
– J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling went from being a poor, single mother living off welfare to the world’s most successful author.
She had her idea for her “Harry Potter” book while waiting for a train. Furthermore, she mainly wrote it on scraps of paper and napkins! It took 5 years writing in her spare time (and 12 publisher rejections) to get her start, and now she’s a billionaire.
It would have been a shame if she spent those years complaining and feeling sorry for herself!
So, it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve been through; you can accomplish anything you choose. You just need to be willing to struggle and work for it.
6. Do it!
“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” —Les Brown
Every journey starts with one step. So, get started! Even if you don’t feel ready, do it anyway. You must discipline yourself to do what you need to do.
Starting is always the most challenging part. Not to mention, you might never feel “ready,” but that’s okay because that feeling isn’t necessary!
7. Check your progress
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.”
—Mark Victor Hansen
You’re the boss. So, don’t let your employee (yourself) slack off and ruin your business (your life).
You need to examine how much you’re progressing over time so that you keep moving forward. How productive were you this week? Did you practice? Workout? Did you improve?
All in all, it’s your responsibility to make yourself and your life the best they can be. So, you be brave and force yourself to work towards your dreams. You’ve got this!
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Good luck and have fun!
What are some things you’ve done to reach your goals?