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Anything you want to achieve in life is considered a goal. Even if you don’t think you have any goals, you do. They may be as small as getting out of bed in the morning or as big as starting your own company. Setting goals, whether big or small, is an important part life and one you should take time to think about. Knowing what your goals are can give you a direction to go in life. They can inform your decisions and give you the drive to succeed. They also give you a sense of purpose. Without a feeling of purpose, you can easily start to feel that life is monotonous and boring, and this can lead to a feeling of depression. Everyone needs to feel there is a purpose to their life.
To get more out of your goals, follow these tips.
Write Out Your Goals
Writing your goals down on paper helps to solidify them in your mind. You can write them out on a computer, but I recommend handwriting them at least once. There is a big connection that takes place between your hand and your mind. It’s hard to explain but it is amazing how much you take to heart when you handwrite it. After you write them out, tape them up somewhere you will see them every day. Consistently seeing your goals in front of you will push you to achieve them that much faster.
Break Them Down
Once you have your goals written out, break them down into doable chunks. It can be hard to see a big goal, like saving up for a down payment on a house, and not feel overwhelmed. Start by breaking it down into main steps and then break those steps down further if you need to. Break them down as far as you need to in order to make them feel easy and manageable.
For example, you may break down your goal of saving up for a down payment into small chunks of saving up $500 a month. That could be further broken down into saving a certain amount from each paycheck to equal that $500 a month. Saving a smaller amount will feel a lot more manageable in your mind but still be the right step towards the ultimate goal of saving up for a down payment.
Set a Timeframe
Setting goals doesn’t really help you if you don’t set a date for achieving them. Having a deadline encourages you to stick with your goals and work hard to achieve them. Aim for a date that seems doable but is not so far away that you start slacking. If you are the type that works best under pressure then having just enough time to complete your goal will add some of that pressure. And, if you are the type that works best using a schedule, then having just enough time will help you manage it better.
Find someone or something to keep you accountable. A friend or family member might help keep you on track if you share your goals with them. Or, just setting up small rewards for yourself or reminders on your phone and notes on your mirror might be enough to keep you on track. I, personally, share my goals with my husband but, in general, I actually find that I tend to achieve the goals that I keep to myself and find that my visions of what could be are enough to keep me going. Not everyone can do that, though. Most need someone to keep them accountable. If that is you, find someone that you trust and know will push you to succeed.
Review Your Goals Frequently
Take time to review your goals frequently. Look through your list. See where you stand and if there is something you should be doing differently to achieve them. Also evaluate whether or not those are still goals for you. It is very possible that your goals will change over time. Further, you may add new goals. I like to review my main goals every three months or so and tend to review the steps I am taking every few weeks to make sure I am on track.
Setting goals can be a fun activity as they tend to go hand-in-hand with your dreams and, as you achieve the steps to complete these goals, you get such a rush and sense of accomplishment. Even big dreams can become a realistic possibility when broken down into smaller goals. Nothing is impossible. Nothing is out of reach. Dream big, set your goals, and work the steps and you’ll be there in no time.