Set goals and achieve them!
January 1st. As every year you probably started thinking how you are going to make this year count, setting goals, resolutions. Probably the same goals you set a year ago, just that this time its for real, you will finish this year full of achievements and fulfillment, at least for a few weeks you will take care of what you eat, probably hit the gym a few times but the hope will start to fade after a while.
While I do not consider myself a master of achieving, as many of you I also have set goals that I end up forgetting, thinking they are too hard to complete, or started to come up with excuses so I don’t feel guilty I did not finish them. There has to be a better way, how come others are able to complete a full list and I am not able to finish 1? There is an answer to that.
Write down your goals.
This is the first step to achieving. And I mean “write down”, get a piece of paper and a pen and make a list of all those things you wanna change, what you want to learn, etc. Then put that paper (after curating your list with the following steps) on a place you will see everyday, some recommend the wallet, but for me its too intrusive plus I’d had to unfold it every time, I would end up getting rid of it. Instead I like to have it in my desk, that way I can read them every day and every time I sit on my computer.
Put thinking into your goals.
A good practice is to take your goals and make it smaller. By this I mean if you want to lose weight, don’t just put that, think on how you are gonna do it, when is gonna happen and why. When our whys are big, the outcome is more satisfactory.
Create S.M.A.R.T. goals.
This one I learned while working at a consultancy company. While the methodology is business related, it is extremely beneficial for personal goals. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused and Time-bound.
Be specific on what you want a too broad goals is recipe for failure, when you are specific you have a plan. Make them measurable, set a way to track progress instead of waiting for the ultimate outcome. Achievable means you are not going to set completing an IronMan if you don’t even walk around the block. Start small and grow. Focus on the result and embrace the process. Nothing will happen overnight. And lastly, set timeframes on when X task should be done. Set specific dates, mark your calendar and set reminders.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” — Benjamin Franklin
There is a lot of great advice online, but this is what has worked for me, and what I have experience on. I wanted to give my two cents on the topic given that season. Please hit that clap if you enjoyed this story.