Seven months have gone and past. Already, we are more than halfway through 2019 and it’s about time we revisit those New Year’s resolutions. Wait… Is that list, the one you hurriedly made a few minutes before the clock struck twelve, between hugs, laughter, and let’s face it some booze, forgotten in the farthest corner of that drawer you just never seem to need to open? Or has it been simply thrown away because you know it’s going to be replaced by a fairly similar set of goals when december ‘19 rolls along?
Either way, let’s face it, those goals most likely haven’t been fulfilled. Mine sure aren’t. I haven’t stepped foot in a gym, I most surely have not been able to “read more”, and that dream guy that was going to appear out of nowhere? Well, he’s nowhere to be seen.
Sure, you could say these are very reasonable goals (some more so than others), but there are flaws like in many that we make. Amongst our math classes and english term papers there never was an inkling of a lesson on how to make achievable goals. Being able to make your own goals and drive them to completion is an important step to give meaning to your life and get to where you want to be.
To make sure you have goals that won’t be left on a piece of paper to be crushed in a drawer and not wait until this New Year’s, try out these tips:
Make goals that go with what you want to achieve, not what is expected of you. If you’re not driven to work on that goal it’s most likely because it doesn’t align with who you are and what you want.
These goals have to be realistic. Yes, you can dream, for me it’s a necessity, but some reachable goals, like in the short term, are best based on more realistic standars. From one day to the next you won’t become an athlete or a yoga master but you can get there by making clearer, concise goals. That brings us to the next step.
Make a plan to reach that goal. This means being consistent and doing things that will drive you to that end in sight. Knowing each step or at least where you need to go next is key to achieving your own set plans.
Finally, one of the most important things you need to do is to keep your goals in mind. This means making them visible to you as much as possible. You can either write them on post-its, on your calendar or even in your agenda. As long as they are present you are more inclined to fulfilling them.
In the end, making goals is all about you and what you want to achieve. So, don't worry! Take your time, think them through well, this way you'll be closer to your goals than ever before. Last but not least, have fun making them!
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