It is very frustrating when you do not know the next move to make in life. We can easily stress ourselves out going back and forth because we are confused about what we should be doing. Several people feel like they are simply wasting time each day because they do not understand their purpose in life.
I have sat down and worked with many clients that express these feelings and thoughts to me. These are the most common problems that people come to me for help. I have notice that many of these people share one big thing, they do not write down their goals or have any at all. A Harvard Business study displayed a few statistics that were shocking about setting goals, 83% of the population does not have goals, 14% have a plan in mind, but are unwritten goals, and 3% have goals written down. These statistics paint a clear picture of a huge habit that many of us have. This study also displayed that 14% of people that have goals, are 10 times more successful compared to people without goals. The 3% of people that wrote down their goals are 3 times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals. Below is a list of action steps to get you started in the right direction, let me know how they work out for you.
Your journal can be plain or you can buy a fancy one, that is simply up to you.
Once you buy your journal, you need to list down everything that you want to experience, accomplish, and areas you want to personally improve in your life (ex: patience and budgeting). Doing this paints a picture of what you want and how you want to enhance your life. Remember, set SMART goals, which are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and have a timeline. Ex: I want to lose 15 pounds in 3 months.
Review your goals and rank the top 10 goals that are important to you. Focus on 1-3 goals at a time depending on how big the goals are. You have a better chance of reaching goals by only focusing on a few at a time. Many people make the mistake of working on several goals on the weekly and monthly basis. This is ineffective because there is only a limited amount of time and energy.
This should be a daily habit. It may seem hard in the beginning but it is not. As time moves on, we tend to have new desires and needs, update your list as things change. Getting in the habit of listing our short term and long-term goals will influence our minds to think of other goals to add.
Majority of people do not review their goals on the regular basis. I suggest opening your journal and reviewing them every day to hold yourself accountable. Here is a trick: Open your notepad app on your phone, list your goals and tasks, take a screenshot of your list, and make it your lock screen. Think about how often you unlock your phone every day. Many of us are addicted to our phones, if you unlock your phone a 100 times a day, you are also looking at your goals 100 times a day!
Once you develop and list tasks under the goals you chose to focus on, the next step is to execute. Implementing this in your life is going to provide you that sense of direction that you have been seeking. As I always say, if you are not writing, then you are not planning. Each day you will wake up with a purpose and end your day feeling fulfilled.
By: Dominique Bond
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