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Goals for Go Getters

Updated on February 17, 2015

Do you have a vision for you life 6 months from now? 1 year? 5 years? 30 years? If you haven’t thought about this I will be the first to say you should. I went through most of my twenties without a vision; needless to say, I did not accomplish one thing during that period (and actually unaccomplished some things). So if you want to make achievable goals here are five principles you should follow.

Write down your goals

Goals that are not written down are just wishes. I would suggest taking it a step further and posting them in places where you will see them daily. This method will keep your goals in the forefront of you mind at all times. Here are a few suggestions on where they should be placed:

  • Bedroom wall (adjacent to your bed)
  • Bathroom mirror
  • Refrigerator
  • Front Door
  • Steering wheel
  • Office desk
  • Background picture on phone
  • Desktop picture on home and work computer

Make them specific with a time limit

Write specific declarations instead of “wants”. Instead of simply writing “I want to make more money.” or “I want to lose weight.” you should declare that “On December 31, 2015, I will have made $100K this year.” or “On December 31, 2015, I will be 50 pounds lighter that I am currently.” Writing detailed statements instead of “wishes” will clearly define the direction your life is headed.

Make a list of steps you need to take to achieve your goals

This should be kept separately from your goals in an easily accessible place (your phone or computer) since you will constantly need to adjust this. As you do research on people who have been where you are trying to go you will learn new things and new task that you must master before you realize results. As you learn of new task add them to this list. As you complete task you should remove them from the list.

Make should the goals are your own

Sometimes family and friends will try to push their goals off on you without even realizing it. This is why it is so important to make sure you check the root of all your aspirations. Do not let someone else’s plans for your life become your goals. You will waste a lot of time and energy achieving things that will ultimately make you miserable.

Always have goals

Never get complacent. This is a dangerous spot to be in. Once you have achieved all your goals you should replace them with new ones. If you do not, you will start to reverse all the progress you have made. Think of it like this. When you are on a moving walkway as long as you are taking steps in the direction you are trying to go you will make progress. If you stop taking steps and go with flow of the moving walkway, then you will go backwards and end up where you started. Don’t let this happen to you. Keep moving forward!

If you put these five principles into place when you are setting up your goals, then you should be well on your way to achieving them. Aim high, do the work and get the life you have always dreamed about.

Homework

1) Are you letting fear paralyze you from achieving your goals? If so, you should read motivational books on how to overcome fear.

2) Do you currently have goals that are not your own? Drop them immediately.

3) Join me tomorrow.

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