We all have goals. Dreams that we want to achieve. But how do we get to where we want to be? How do we get to the top of the mountain, throw our hands in the air and say, “I did it!” Well, it takes a lot of hard work, talent, and determination to reach our goals in life, no matter what they might be. Before we can attain those goals, we have to have a plan. A step-by-step plan on how we are going to become the person we want to be.
What are your goals?
To begin with, what is a goal? Simply, a goal is something that you want to achieve in your life. Goals help us to visualize our future. It can be an individual goal or a goal you have with another person. There can be a variety of goals including academic goals, personal goals, or career goals. You need to ask yourself what your goals are, you can have as many goals as you want to achieve in your life. Don’t let anyone tell you that your dreams are too big or that they are unrealistic. Your dreams are yours and if you believe you can achieve them, that’s all that matters. It’s also important not to confuse your goals with an objective. An objective is an action that you take towards achieving your goals. The goal is to describe what you want to achieve. For example, if you wanted to become a teacher, that would be the goal. The objective would be to complete an education degree.
Write them down
Your dreams and goals become real when you write them down. Also, research shows that our brains process information better when we write, rather than when we type. So get a pen and paper and write down a list of goals you have for yourself. They could be short-term or long-term goals. Just ink them in black and white and keep them somewhere visible.
Be clear on your why
The why is the definitive question you need to answer when you are reflecting on your chosen goals. If you don’t know why you have chosen those particular goals for yourself and your life, it might be time to reevaluate them. Your goals should spark joy. You should light up when you are talking about them to other people. They should motivate you to be the best version of yourself. Your goals need to have a reason for existing, so make sure you have some clarity with your goals.
Set a Realistic Timeframe
You’re not going to have the life you want overnight. Goals take time to achieve, it’s important that you set a realistic timeframe for yourself to achieve them. The goalpost may move over time and you might not reach your chosen goal at the age you predicted, but that’s okay. The trick is to never give up and never cement a date in your calendar, as life is fluid and things don’t always go to plan.
Create good habits
You should create some daily habits that will help you reach your objectives towards your goals. When you set good habits in place, you are more likely to achieve your goals. Be consistent and do what you need to do to reach your goals. Are you training to become a professional musician? Do you dream of becoming a doctor? Ask yourself what daily habits you can do to work towards your dreams, setting an objective of doing daily studying, or practicing your skills to improve. The idea is to aim for progress and not perfection.
Celebrate your milestones
Finally, it’s important for morale and your self-esteem to reward yourself and celebrate the small milestones you reach. Don’t wait until you have your diploma or degree in your hand to celebrate. Give yourself a micro-objective and cheer yourself on when you complete it. See your path towards success as a journey and although there might be obstacles along the way, you will have moments where you feel proud of yourself, and those milestones deserve recognition.