“Goals are something that makes us pop out of bed each morning. Without them you might be wondering: “Why do I have to go to that job I hate?” So figuring out a goal as early in life as possible, is very important. Of course, it’s easier said than done. But you will not be the first one struggling. And there are some techniques that can be helpful.
To set your goal imagine how you would like to feel in the future. Do you want to feel appreciated? Or powerful? Or maybe just happy? Now envision yourself: what do you do and where do you live? Hopefully this will help you get your goal worded.
Let’s take a look at an example: you want to feel happy and you picture the new HAPPY YOU somewhere in the countryside writing a blog. So there you go. Your goal is to become a fulltime blogger and buy or rent a house somewhere out of town. It’s important to figure out what it is that YOU want, and not just live up to the common definition of success – buy a cool car, marry a girl and have three kids. Maybe you want to be globetrotting instead.
Now you have to write it down. Studies have shown that those who put their goals on paper are around 50% more likely to achieve them than those who only have them in their head.
When developing a plan there is some important stuff to keep in mind.
1) Think all the resources through
What will you need along the way? Who do you need to contact? Consider all this beforehand.
2) Cut all the work into chunks
If you have imagined the scope of work you will have to do, you must’ve got a bit overwhelmed. To keep calm and make it look more realistic, divide your journey into digestible chunks.
When working on one part, concentrate on it solely. Don’t think about the work that has been done before and about how much has yet to be done. This will help you maintain sanity.
Read more about Kaizen technique for dividing your goal into more achievable steps.
3) Set the milestones
Now, that you’ve divided the work into parts, it’s time to set the deadlines and note down the desirable results. Remember, that you have to keep the deadlines realistic and the results measurable.
4) Don’t forget the obstacles
When setting the deadlines keep in mind the obstacles that might arise on your way. Imagine what they can be beforehand and prepare for them. this will save you from too much stress. Learn to be flexible and you’ll avoid nervous breakdowns.
5) Restore your energy
After completing each milestone, plan to throw a little party for yourself – go out for drinks, see a movie with friends, whatever you feel up to. The bottom line here is that you don’t wear yourself out.
Get tired in the beginning and you might lose the motivation too early. Remember to stay healthy – drink plenty of water, exercise and sleep at least 7-8 hours. The less you sleep, the more stressed you might become. Including yoga and other form of exercise into your work day will boost your productivity.
Now you’ve got no excuses for procrastinating. Grab a pen and create your action plan now!”