I have a confession to make. I’ve never been organized. I don’t keep track of my day in a planner. I don’t use a calendar or agenda of any kind. I don’t have fancy to-do lists. I scribble everything onto post-it notes and hope and pray to God that I remember everything it is that I need to do.
However, this week has been a game-changer in getting in the right direction. Yes!
This week, my friend sent me some goal-setting worksheets for 2018. At first thought, I thought – okay, these are cute! Maybe if I write down the things I need to do on a pretty piece of paper, it’ll make it less dreadful. After thinking about it some more, I came to a realization. I’ve never written down any goals because I’m scared of committing to them! I’m afraid that if I write them down, it’ll become permanent. I’m also scared that I’ll be disappointed if I don’t reach them.
While it is an incredible accomplishment to sit down at the end of the year and say you were able to achieve all of the goals you set at the start of the year (and I hope you do!), I think I missed the point here.
The purpose of goal setting is to help you take practical steps everyday to achieve them.
I sat down and typed out three goals for 2018, and broke them down into steps I could take every day/month to reach them.
If you haven’t written down your goals yet, here are 3 reasons why you should reconsider. After all, goal setting is meant to help you live out the life you aspire to have!
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Define your vision.
In order for you to gain a better understanding of what you’re aspiring to achieve, you need to be able to articulate and define your vision into words. This can be broken down into something smaller like 3-5 goals that are a part of your vision. You can even go a step further and write down 3 short-term goals and 1 long-term goal.
Break down your goals into actionable steps.
To achieve your goals, what are steps you can take everyday that will help you work towards them? Every day, it’s all about the hustle, where you’re chipping away piece by piece of what you’re trying to achieve long-term. It’s not the big things you do, but the little things you do that contribute to your long-term success.
See the overall picture.
Goal setting helps you think long-term. I noticed that by not having an action plan in place, it’s easy to feel discouraged by an off day or a roadblock because we get caught up in the current circumstances. By having an idea of what you’re aspiring to achieve long-term, you won’t get as caught up when one little thing goes wrong because you’re reminded that what you’re striving for is so much greater.
This week, I sat down and wrote down 3 of my goals for 2018, as well as one long-term goal. I also did something bold. I bought a planner! Haha, let’s see how long this lasts, but physically writing down my goals and breaking them down into steps has given me clarity on where I’ve been productive versus stagnant.
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What are you hoping to achieve in 2018? Happy New Year!