In Day 5 of the Make Over Your Mornings course, we’re focusing on goal setting and how it can impact our lives. I perceive goal setting as a specific act of art. Just like a good artist, in order to create achievable and realistic goals, one should be very well aware of his surroundings, season of life, as well as personal capabilities and skills.
There is a quote by Diana Scharf that says: “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” I couldn’t agree more! We often tend to underestimate our dreams, perceiving them as just another castle in the air. Dreams are there to guide us in our life; to show us in which direction we should go. Once we turn a dream into a goal, we’ve taken the first step towards turning it into reality.
However, there’s nothing easier than to identify numerous overly ambitious goals. This is what I’ve done for a great part of my life. I’ve set goals, but they’ve always been so huge, that at some point I’m willing to let go just to be able to breathe again. A bet I’m not the only one, am I?
Goals should help us in our everyday life, not burden us. They’re our path to achieving our dreams.
Here are 5 tips for setting goals that will bring you success:
- Estimate your time. No matter what we do, we can’t get more than twenty four hours per day, in which to fit sleep, work, family, friends, personal time, etc. Identify how many hours you have every day to work on accomplishing your goals. Don’t get discouraged if you end up having just half an hour or even fifteen minutes per day. If you are intentional in those precious minutes, results are sure to come.
- Less is more. We’ve all heard that, haven’t we? Yet, when we sit down making the list of things we wish to accomplish, we rarely stop before we reach the end of the page. I know, there’re just so many things…. Write all of them down initially. But then choose not more than 4 or 5 of them to work on. Once you achieve them, you can continue with another 4 or 5. That way you wouldn’t get overwhelmed and suffocated by your goals. You will also experience great satisfaction every time a goal is complete.
- Keep it simple. Especially if you’re new to goal setting. Start with simple things like: read one book per week, save a dollar per day, visit grandparents on the weekend, etc. While achieving these small victories, you will learn a lot about yourself, your capabilities and willingness to take active part in fulfilling your goals.
- Have an accountant. A dear friend or a family member who is familiar with your goals can be a great support at tough times. This will be the person who will keep you accountable for your goals and who will remind you of the reason to keep going when you feel like giving up.
- Break long-term goals into short-term ones. Create small daily action steps which will make it much easier to achieve your big long-term goals.
As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, goal setting is a peculiar act of art. Our success pretty much depends on the goal setter we are. So let’s develop that skill starting today and write down the things we would like to achieve in the near (or not so near) future.
Are you a goal setter? How do you plan your goals? Share with us in the comments below.