How many times have you decided to set some goals? You were so enthusiastic that day, happy for yourself, feeling great and powerful.
And then tomorrow, you woke up and just continued with your life.
Somehow, you let that dream of yours fade away gradually. Never did it, never tried to achieve it, not even to learn how?
I was going through life exactly like it says above.
Always tried to do something, but never achieved it, never reached the finish line.
When a person is goalless, then there is no finish line.
I went to college with that attitude and, after two and a half years, that was it for me.
Because when I went there, I went without a firm decision or a firm goal to stay and get my diploma.
You see, having no goals in life is like going on a journey without a destination, without map and compass.
So, why not make life easier by setting some goals and enjoying the ride.
Goals should be something you really want to achieve or have in your life; something that moves your juices.
In other words, goals should be big.
Small, simple goals are good.
Moreover, they are essential, but only if they lead to something great.
So, let’s skip the intro and get our hands dirty! 🙂
Seven Areas Where You Can Set Goals
If you don’t know where to start, here are seven life areas where you can set some goals and start your journey.
The list of seven areas will help you make a big picture.
Having a big picture means that you have a plan for the future.
Having a plan for the future will give you peace of mind in your present.
With at least one goal, you can literally redesign your life.
To get started, you can follow these five rules which can help you to set and achieve goals.
Five Rules For Setting Goals
1.) Decide What it is That You Want
What it is that you want?
Let your imagination go wild, please.
Free your thinking from your present results and dream big.
Remember, dreams are free, and nothing can stop you from aiming high except your own thinking.
It can be hard to make a decision when you don’t know what you want.
Therefore, listen to your emotions, not your reason.
Your heart will tell you what you really want to achieve, and what will make your life better.
Set your goals as high as possible.
Don’t put limits on your abilities.
Believe me, you are able to achieve each and every and one of them.
Set tangible and intangible goals.
Create a positive attitude by saying that you can and you will achieve your goals!
One by one, but eventually you will.
Listen closely, don’t go around and ask other people for their opinion.
Opinions are cheap and everybody has a pocketful to give.
If you make this mistake, it can cost you a long time of frustration and inability to make your own decision.
It is your life you want to improve.
The rest, well, they will feel your improvement so they will understand one day.
Therefore, to summarise the first step:
- Dream big, aim high
- Listen to your heart
- Ask yourself only!
- Ignore other opinions
In the first step, you are completely alone.
No one can help you with this, except yourself.
I made it easier for you by giving you seven areas where you can improve.
You will have to make a decision alone.
I suggest to take a day or two off and go somewhere where you can really think.
When you know what goals you want to achieve, the next four steps will help you to set them and lead you to achieve them.
2.) Create a Big Picture
Take a pen and piece of paper and make a list.
Write down at least one goal for each area of your life.
If you know that you want to set more than one goal per area, go ahead and do so.
The more the better!
- Financial: If you dream of better income, write down how much more you would like to earn.
- Physical: If you dream of losing weight, write down the number you want to see on the scale.
- Spiritual: Maybe you want to go to church again and grow spiritually, write it down.
- Mental: Shyness is a mental barrier, so your goal can be to break that barrier.
- Social: If you want to have a more interesting social life, write it down.
- Familiar: Maybe going on a vacation with the family.
- Vocational: If you dream of a better job, or maybe your own business, write it down.
When you have something like this, you have your big picture!
Now it is easier.
To have a goal or, even better, multiple goals can give you peace of mind.
To keep that peace of mind, you will now have to decide some more.
3.) Set an Accomplishment Date
I like to avoid the word deadline.
Simply because it sounds negative, it tends to put pressure on you and your goals.
Rather, take some time to think about your goals and then set a realistic achievement date for each one of them.
This way, you can expect certain things to happen at a certain time.
This step is simply for your peace of mind.
You are not obligated to accomplish your goal at the exact time.
However, your subconscious will take care that you actually do reach your goal somewhere around the date you decide upon.
Trust me on this one.
For example, I have made up my mind to move to a new house at the beginning of 2018.
I have decided that May 1st, 2018, will be a move-in date.
In the meantime, I made a few smaller goals to help me achieve my big one.
Simple things like: save up money, research the market, respond to emails, etc.
I moved into my new house on May 15th, 2018.
Therefore, decide upon a date for every goal and, with the same peace of mind, you can move on to the fourth rule.
4.) Create an Action Plan
Goals without a plan to achieve them are just wishes.
So, breaking your big goals into several smaller goals will help you to create your action plan.
When you create a plan, you are set to go!
This time let’s take a financial goal for example of planning.
A goal is to raise your income from $30K to $50K per year.
Now ask yourself how to do this and then start creating your plan.
This is what I do.
Take a pen and paper again and try to figure out at least 10 things that can move your income from A to B.
This way, you can brainstorm a couple of ideas or small goals which will show you the way.
In other words, you will create an action plan.
- Read financial books.
- Visit an expert in financial planning.
- Attend seminars.
- Start a second income, a small side business.
Here we already have four small goals that are starting to look like an action plan.
The best thing is, these small goals can be applied in one or more areas.
You see, a small goal like starting a second income can help you “hit the two birds with one stone.”
In other words, one small goal can help you achieve two big ones.
In this case, it can help you to earn more money and, maybe to change your vocation if you don’t like the present one.
The next move is to make a list of those small goals (actions) and set them as your monthly goals.
Then, break monthly goals into weakly goals and, in the end, break those weakly goals into daily goals.
To help you with this, I will suggest you start a ToDo list starting from your big goal down to the bottom.
It may take a day or two to get this all together.
Therefore, I suggest you come back and re-read some of the stuff.
Also, take your time and don’t rush anywhere.
Even if you don’t know right now, you will find out pretty soon.
Now, as you move through the process and start doing those tasks, you will realize that you are already accomplishing your goals one step at the time.
After you have all this figured out, all it takes is time to have it, believe me.
So, this leads me on to the last rule in your goal-setting and achieving process.
5.) Celebrate Every Accomplishment
What is life without fun and celebration?!
A dull life!
So, to make this process more enjoyable, you will have to celebrate every accomplished goal.
If you accomplish a small goal, celebrate in a small manner.
Moreover, when you hit the big one, go crazy!
As you move forward, you will see a great value in this fifth rule.
The sense of accomplishment must be rewarded; please do so.
The following line I remembered a long time ago and I want to share it with you – to remember you to keep yourself on the ground.
“Don’t let the win get in your head or loss into your heart.” Public Enemy (Hip Hop Artists)
If you celebrate for too long and too much, you can lose a sense of reality.
As well as, if you cry over failure, the outcome is the same.
So, keep yourself on the ground all the time, follow these five rules and enjoy the journey!
Your Goals Are Your Future Life
While writing this post, I created this line.
I don’t know about you but I like it a lot!
If you read it a couple of times out loud and stare at it for a while, maybe you will get the same feeling I got when I wrote it.
When you go through the five rules, when you learn how to set goals and how to properly achieve them, I guarantee you, your life will never be the same again.
This process has a hidden power.
The power is called future sight.
Why Extra Help is Always Welcome
In my own experience, doing something like reshaping your life can be stressful and hard on your own.
When I decided to make this move I felt like I was on a rollercoaster.
Up and down, left and right, twist and turn.
A few times I wanted to give up.
However, I made a firm decision to stick to my plan and to finish it.
What I didn’t know was that my plan was full of holes and that was the fact that kept spinning me around.
The situation made me start research online looking for bits of advice again.
As an answer to my problem, I have stumbled upon a program that helps with the process.
A program that leads a person from zero to infinite using nothing but a power of goals as a fuel.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below, and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,