As we welcome a new year in our life, the first thing that we usually do is set goals. Career, love life, fitness or financial goals; name it all and you surely have all of these in your list. Setting goals puts you in the driver’s seat, giving you control on how to be more successful in life. However, just setting goals is not enough, you also have to act. Action speaks louder than words.
Writing your goals is proven to be more effective than just verbally telling it to yourself. With a proper documentation, you can check your progress and know where you should focus more for it to be effective. Most of the time, we get to be very excited when we write our goals thinking that we will be able to achieve it but along the way, we actually end up abandoning it. That is why you need to be smart and realistic in setting your goals. Here are some ways on how you can write your goals effectively.
Basic Tips in writing your goals
Know what you want. You can never start anything without knowing what you are trying to achieve. Think of the things that you deeply desire and start from there. Do you want to be more fit and healthy? Do you want a better relationship with the people around you? Do you want to start saving or investing? Do you want a career change? Ask yourself these questions, and evaluate if you want to include these in you list of goals. The clearer you are of what you want, the easier it is for you to focus on things that you truly long for.
As mentioned earlier, writing your goal is more achievable than just telling it to yourself. Not being able to write your goal means the more possibility of forgetting it. Consider this as the first step to your success because it will serve as a reminder of tracker of your improvements along the way. You can write it in your journal, diary or more effectively in a visible place in your room so you can see it everyday from the moment you wake up until you go to bed.
Without execution and commitment, your goals will only be goals. Even if you write it on a board as big as your window to remind you everyday, if you just let it sit there, it will be of no use. Action and commitment are a good combo for success but this is just the tip of the iceberg. You must push yourself as well to go the extra mile and see for yourself how effective it is for you. For some, execution is the easiest part in achieving their goals but if taken lightly, it can be very disastrous, and would eventually demotivate you.
All of us are trying our best to balance everything in our life to the point that we lose our focus on the goals that we are trying to attain. We compress our twenty four hours a day to work, social life and sleep, and end up doing nothing to slowly reach our goals. It is a struggle to be able to balance everything but with proper focus on things, you will not even notice that you are almost there where you really wanted to be. When you look back on the goals you posted on your wall, you can see the difference from where you started to where you are now. So, just keep your focus and avoid unnecessary distractions.
When you decided to set your goals, you must also be ready to face the consequences. As the saying goes, in every action, there is a positive and negative reaction that you need to consider. In any situation, it is always better to be prepared than regret in the end for not giving your best shot. Reaching your goals is not just a walk in the park, but a continuous struggle to be better each day. Just remember to never give up even when the roads are too rocky because time will come, and you will see the light shining on you.
Make it a daily habit to review your goals before starting your day. Having your goals on top of your mind is a good motivation to take one step at a time each day until you reach the top. Reviewing your goals from time to time can also help you plan ahead of time for the possible challenges you may face the next day or even next week. Never go to war unprepared, unless you want to die in vain.
No man is an island, and that definitely applies in writing your goal. It is best that someone also knows what you are trying to attain to help and inspire you in any way possible. You will also feel less pressured that someone is actually behind you giving their support to whatever you do. At the end of the day, we are fighting our own battles and it is up to us who we want to fight it with.
After all the sacrifices and hardships, never forget that your end goal is to hit the bulls-eye. It may take a lot of ups and downs before you can finally reach the stop, but it will definitely feel rewarding in the end. Every turn is just a sign that you are growing as a person and when you try to look back on the goals that you set, you will amaze yourself that you even did it. Consider it as a road trip, enjoy every turns, and learn along the way. The best feeling of success is not just being able to attain your goal but also learning from it.
It is never easy to write your goals and be able achieve it by the time frame that you set for yourself. There will be good and bad days, but if you keep your focus on the things that matter, you will be surprised how you improved through time. It is never easy to push through with all the hindrances around you, but if you go the extra mile, you can definitely reach the top. Just do not forget to look back on where you started, and pull some motivation to keep going. Remember that everything started as an idea, and it is up to you how to convert it into a result and be what you wanted it to be.