Setting and Achieving Life Goals
If I asked you where do you see yourself in 5 years time, would you know the answer?
Setting life goals gives you short term motivation and long term vision. It may not always be easy or run smoothly, but the fact that you are challenging yourself makes life a little bit more interesting.
Goals gives you a purpose, they point you in a direction that can create happiness and ultimately make life more enjoyable! So how do you do that?
1. Set a goal that excites and motivates you – What do you actually want to achieve and why is it important to you? Relate the goal to the high priorities in your life. If you have little interest in your chosen goal, you’ll lack the motivation to see it through.
2. Put pen to paper – Writing something down makes it feel real and you’re already committing to it, which will increase your chances of actually succeeding. Write what you want, not what you don’t want. Use positive words, such as ‘will’, instead of ‘would like to’, or ‘possibly’.
3. Tell someone, make your goals visible – Sharing your goal will increase your chances of actually sticking to it. Post your goals around your home or work-place, as constant reminders of your intention.
4. Break the goal down – If it’s a big goal, break it down into smaller goals. For example, I want to run a marathon. Start off with running a 5k, then move to 10k and keep increasing the distance. Achieving these smaller goals will invigorate and motivate you, to keep going to the ultimate goal; a full marathon.
5. Come up with a realistic plan – Once you set a goal, you can get carried away with the outcome, so make sure you think about the steps which will help you achieve it. Tick of the steps as you complete them, this helps you track your progress.
6. Keep going – Perseverance and patience is the key. If goals were achievable immediately, they wouldn’t be challenging. Remember to check in with your plan (point 5). If you feel all is lost, go back to point 2, adjust your goal and restart. Rome wasn’t built in a day!
7. Celebrate – Reward yourself for your hard work. Remember the steps that worked and think about the things that didn’t work and identify why. Use the lessons identified when setting your next goal. We learn from our set backs.
Remember, it doesn’t matter how big or small your goal is, if it excites you, then it’s worth the time and effort!
Oax Life Coaching