We all talk about goals. Whether it’s to travel the world or to have a successful career, goals allow us to become self-accountable by ensuring that we have a specific aim or destination in life. Most importantly, goals are about getting out and living!
Roadmap for success
“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going” – Earl Nightingale.
To create a goal is to create a roadmap for success. Goals have a clear starting point and directions to where you would like to be. A goal can be wanting to learn to backflip, losing five kilograms, saving money for a holiday, or wanting to be promoted to a higher position at work; it depends on the individual and what they would like to achieve.
Having goals ensures that you have something that motivates you and guides you towards what you want in life. Sometimes, when you don’t have a clear idea of what you want, you begin to lose vision and focus of your tracks. That’s why it’s always good to record your progress and have mini goals to make it a little easier for yourself.
“A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at” – Bruce Lee.
Write them down!
Having your goals written down helps you to be self-accountable as now they are on paper and a visual reminder of what you are working towards. I believe that being able to physically see your goals every day helps you to keep on track. Written lists allow you to tick off the small goals so you can see how far you’ve come and how close you are to achieving milestones. Without monitoring progress, it’s easy to feel like you’re accomplishing nothing at all and want to quit.
Long-term goals aren’t always easy to reach. That’s why it’s important to remind yourself why you’ve set the goal and how you are going to achieve it. Some great tips:
- Start with setting small goals
- Make them achievable
- Check up on your goals
GOAL: Get Out And Live
“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them” – Michelle Obama.
Planning a holiday can be stressful. There are so many things to think about! When will I go? How much money will I need? What will I need to pack? Is my passport up to do date? Setting goals can restore order to a somewhat chaotic situation. Nobody achieves their dreams without overcoming challenges. It’s up to us set goals to make sure we get out and live!
I recently set myself the goal of saving enough money for a three week holiday to America. Step one was planning. I began with an estimate of my weekly budget, allowing for income, savings, bills, and spending. I could then calculate how much I could set aside per week. My efforts freed me from debt, and I ended up saving over five thousand dollars for America alone.
I found that my excitement for the trip served as a bonus incentive to work harder. With my goals written down, I was reminded on what I was working for. I was more committed to keeping on track with my targets and consistently motivated as I knew I would be rewarded for my efforts.
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