Goals: Are Your Goals Challenging Enough?
Most people plan their vacations more thoroughly than they plan their lives, then they wonder why they don’t achieve everything they’re capable of.
“Choosing a goal and sticking to it changes everything” – Scott Read
Are you limiting yourself unnecessarily, and setting yourself up for less than you’re worth, by not setting goals? Are your goals challenging you enough? Are your goals really attainable? Let’s take a look at what I’m talking about.
Let me tell you why goals are so important, and why they work.
Goals act like a large magnet in your future, pulling you towards it. It drives you in the right direction. It keeps you on track. It makes sure you’ve always got an eye on your future and how what you do now affects where you’ll end up. A person without a goal is like a boat without a rudder.
So much of our lives are sent under the direction of someone else, from childhood and school to the world of work. And now you’re in a position to set your one direction and determine your own destination. A boss doesn’t care one bit about your long term goals, or where your job is taking you. They just want the job done.
If you are living your life without goals then you need to make a change right now. Stop outsourcing the direction of your life to people who don’t really care!
Do you want to be running your own business?
Do you want to earn $5000 per month without a boss?
Do you want to move house and live in the countryside?
Grab a piece of paper and a pen and start writing. Right now. Do it. You’ve heard this advice dozens of times, I know. You hear it all the time. But how many times have you truly taken it seriously and sat down for a productive 30 minutes and written down everything you want to achieve?
If you want $100,000 in your savings account, write it down.
If you want your mortgage paid off, write it down.
If you want to learn to fly a helicopter, write it down!
Do your goals have a deadline?
And, of course, put a deadline next to each goal. Putting a date makes it real. It plots it in your real life, existing not simply on a piece of paper but in your future.
A goal without a deadline is just a dream, or a wish for something you’d quite like. A deadline gives you a bulls-eye to aim for.
It’s all such simple advice, but it’s advice that so few people actually follow. It’s staggering how so many people say “Yeah yeah, goal setting, I know all about that”, but when you ask them about their goals they haven’t a clue!
You want to know your goal list so well you could recite it in your sleep. You need to really feel it. You need to know it so well it feels like a part of you.
You want your goal list to be so clear to you that you see it unfold before you. Just like walking in a beach leaves footprints behind you, your goal list puts footprints in front of you, and you simply fill them as each step brings you closer to your goals.
Do it now. You become successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.
By Steven Schmeltzle