At this time of the year many people begin thinking about what goals they may want to set for the coming year. I've always appreciated the importance of having goals, but have always struggled with the achieving of them. Here are a few things I have learned about goals over the years, as I have begun to use them as an important tool in feeling like I'm moving forward in my life...
1. Goals are linked to your habits. In order to reach a goal, you will likely need to stop, change or add a particular habit.
2. A goal without a deadline is just a dream. Start dates are often planned but the really important date is the 'Reach By' date.
3. Focus. Reaching a goal may require sacrificing something less important. Only focus on 1 important goal at a time.
4. Measuring your progress will keep you motivated as you go through the long stretch between starting and reaching your goal.
5. Tweaking is great, but sometimes you need a BIG goal to shoot for. Optimizing your life and work with small, easy to implement adjustments can yield huge results over time. But sometimes you realize that you are in the wrong game altogether, or that your sights were set way too low. I think we all know that we have un-tapped potential in us and that we can achieve big things if we set our heart to it.
6. No one will reach your goal for you. This is the light bulb moment that inspired this post. I want to cut back on painting to 3 or 4 days per week maximum. I have wanted this for a very long time. The time has come that I need to do it now. I think that sub-consciously I have been waiting for permission to come from somewhere and say its OK. Of course its OK! But I need to actually do it. Sometimes when you announce a goal people either don't take it seriously ("well it's good to have dreams"), or they may chastize you for being 'unrealistic'. Once they see you achieving your goal, once you have momentum - then you are more likely to receive real support. Just don't wait for others to give you permission or the the initial push to start working toward your goal. You gotta own your outcomes.
Here is a link to a pretty cool idea that may help you focus on your goals for 2017:
Tune in next week when we look at a related topic - setting annual sales targets for your micro business, and whether you should be thinking incremental or exponential growth.
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