Not having goals is choosing to live by default. If you don’t have anything that you’re choosing to move toward, you’re just living in limbo. The only time you’ll really leap into action is when something goes wrong that needs to be fixed. In this case, you are just reacting and not living.
Life is like a sand castle; it slowly disintegrates unless you keep putting energy into it.
It’s much better to put the energy into making your life better, rather than waiting for disaster and then spending the energy to get back to the status quo.
Following these strategies will have you achieving goals on a regular basis:
- Make a goal. Consider the following as you reflect on the lifestyle you desire:
- What would you like to be doing every day? Would you be going to a specific type of job? Do you want to work for yourself? Do you want to work at home? How much free time would you have? How would you spend that free time?
- How much money do you want to make?
- Where would you like to live? What state / city? Would you live in the city or the country? Small house? Big house? Condo? High-rise?
- What kind of body would you have? Would you be big and muscular? Thin? Average?
- Now make some goals that will support having that lifestyle. Look at the ultimate result, but set goals that can be reached in less than 12 weeks; it’s tough to stay focused longer than that. So divide your longer goals into multiple smaller goals of less than 12 weeks.
- Remove the obstacles. Obstacles can be physical or psychological. If you want to lose weight, get the junk food out of the house. If you want to exercise, schedule time and join a gym. If you’re filled with doubt, work on strengthening your confidence and optimism.
- Imagine successfully achieving your goal each day. This is critical. It helps to prioritize your goal so that it stays in the front of your mind at all times. It also gives you the opportunity to spot any resistance.
- Deal with any resistance. Think of resistance as any negative feelings you associate with the achievement or the process of achieving that goal. For example, you might want to earn a million dollars. But when most people think about accomplishing that, their thoughts aren’t all positive. They might think:
- “I’m going to have to do something scary to earn it.”
- “My friends will treat me differently.”
- “My ex is going to take a lot of it.”
- “It will be hard.”
- “The taxes will kill me.”
- People that are naturally successful tend to lack a lot of these mental obstacles. People that struggle have a ton of them. Work on your mental objections and you’ll be much more successful.
- Measure your progress. Give yourself feedback on how you’re doing. If you’re trying to lose weight, weigh yourself and take some measurements regularly. If you’re trying to earn a certain amount of money, then keep a daily total of how much money you’ve earned.
- Keep track of where you are and how far you’ve come toward your goal.
Setting goals is huge part of being successful. Goals move you forward, down the path of success and a happier life.
Determine your final destination and then set goals that support that vision. Visualize success and deal with the obstacles. Measure yourself. Then feel the pride of your accomplishments!