The first step in setting out to achieve goals and dreams is to first have reasons. We need a reason to constantly work on something. We wake up in the morning and get to work, because we need to pay the bills, keep the lights on. Those are reasons. We all want to be successful, but why? So that we can lead the life of freedom, free from anxiety and depression caused by lack of resources and otherwise. Those are reasons; therefore, the first step is to answer the question, “Why?”.
We must have reasons, not just reasons, enough reasons. It is important to make sure the greatest pull in our lives is towards the future, not the past. The past pulls one back, like gravity pulling us down, face the future. Dreams and goals can become magnets, the stronger the goal, the higher the purpose, the stronger the pull to the future. They will pull you through greatest challenges of life, they pull you through.
Take a piece of paper and write the words “Long Range Goals” on top of it.
Be Grateful for what you already have. Write at least 5 things that you have already accomplished for which you are proud of yourself.
Make a list of your goals. Write down at least 50 goals that you want to accomplish within the next 1 to 10 years. Do not describe the goals in detail at this point. Just write them down, abbreviate if you must. Some of your goals must be personal development goals.
With each goal, write a time frame (in years) that you think will take to accomplish that goal. Round off these numbers to 1, 3, 5 and 10.
Take 4 goals from each of these time frames and write them on a separate paper. Describe each goal with absolute clarity as if it were being realized at this very moment.
For each of these 16 goals, write a strong convincing reason of why you want to achieve this goal.
Transfer all this information to a Journal, which you can carry with you and review often.
Divide your long-term goals into short term objectives, which you can easily accomplish within a few days, weeks, or few months.
Keep a track of your goals. Review them at least once every week.
When you accomplish any long-term goal, celebrate it.
May we be resolved to work on our goals and cultivate willingness to constantly work on them. However, goal setting is more than just setting them, we must set them effectively. The following article shows us how can we set goals, short, medium and long-term goals.