Almost all of us have goals in life we’d like to reach, but many of us fail to see them through because we lack knowledge about how to get our most important goals out of our head and into reality. The pandemic put many of those goals on hold or eradicated them entirely.
Don’t let your goals become the kind that never happens. Covid-19 will be over some time and those that follow these step-by-step instructions to create goals—and then implement the actions needed to realize and complete them. By following this plan, you will be more apt to succeed at meeting your goals in your business and in your life.
1. Write it down.
Many dreams are forgotten because we neglect to put them on paper. One day we’ll say, “Oh, yeah, I wanted to do that when I was younger.” When you write them down think of it as a promissory note. I OWE ME!
No one says that you have to pursue all of the goals listed on the paper, but if you do choose to work towards some of them, you’ll remember what they were in the first place.
One effective way to do this is to make your list of goals within a journal so that you have space for writing other lists that pertain to these goals as you work towards their completion.
2. Make a decision about the goals you’ve written down.
Each goal has possibilities and difficulties. Begin a list of the pros and cons of each goal you wrote down in Step 1. This will help you narrow down your choices. Those with too many cons may need to be omitted from your list or at least moved to another list for now.
3. Are these goals for me?
Now that you’ve narrowed the list of possible goals, how do you feel about each one? Take the time to list your feelings about the goals remaining on your list. Be sure to list positive thoughts, as well as any misgivings you may have. Decide which goals have priority now.
4. Create a plan for the goals.
This goes for every goal, even if it won’t be pursued right now. Five years down the road, you may want to think about a business expansion or writing a book. When it comes time to look at this goal, you will already have a plan for achieving it. Each plan can be for a long-term or short-term goal. If plans for different goals mesh together, more than one goal can be pursued at a time.
It might be difficult, especially if this is your first time seriously working with goal planning, to focus on one or two goals right now and revisit the others at a later time. It’s always better to achieve goals in sequence than never reach any of them.
5. Divide and conquer in manageable steps. Think of it as throwing darts at a target.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed when thinking about the big list of tasks required to complete a goal. Starting a business, for example, is a commitment of both finances and time. Remember, everything doesn’t have to be done all at one time. Steps or milestones allow for smaller goals to be achieved on the way to the bigger one. Outline carefully the significant points along the way to your goal.
6. Get moving.
The hardest part is over. You have taken the time to put a plan in place and pursue the dream that may have lain dormant for years. Start with Step 1 and work your way forward.
Taking action towards a goal does not have to seem overwhelming if you take the time to decide which goals are worth going after, plan the steps necessary to get to the desired result and simply get going with those steps.
Before any goal can get off the ground, it needs a direction and a plan. Once you have the direction, it’s just a matter of checking things off your list until they are complete. Take things one step at a time and you’ll reach the finish line before you know it.
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