You can’t run a race without knowing where the start and finish line are.
That’s simply a run.
To complete a race, and achieve a time, you need to know where you’re starting from and where you’re running to.
No beginning, no destination, no celebration.
It’s the same with Life Goals.
You can’t achieve great things if you don’t know what they are.
And if you don’t know what they are you won’t know where to focus your attention and energy.
Which means each day you’ll get up, work madly from sunup to sunset, while giving away your precious time and energy to who or what demands it most… and that’s crazy.
A bit like running down any and every street hoping to stumble upon a finish line (the goal) and be handed a winning medal (an achievement). Highly unlikely I know you’ll agree.
But what if you don’t know what you want?
Then try this….. What would excite you?
Feeling stuck? Then try this…
- A place you really want to visit
- Something you want to do before your die
- Something you’ve always wanted to learn
- How you really want to feel
- Something you’d be most excited to wake up for each day
Now… What is the dream that would change it all?
Think of 3 things you want to achieve by the end of this year; it could be work, life, family or health related, anything that’ll move you closer to that dream.
Write them down as goals.
Already have yearly goals?
Then ask yourself if they’re still relevant? Do they excite you? Are they what you really want? (Your goals can change and that’s ok).
By now you should have 2 or 3 yearly goals that you want to achieve and you still have 9 months to do it.
Now every month commit to 3 major intentions that’ll keep you moving forward. And each week decide what 3 things you’ll do to support these intentions.
Think of your yearly goals as a marathon not a sprint.
Remember you can’t complete a marathon without checkpoints and support.
Take your time. Slow and steady does win the race. Too fast and you’ll burn out. Too slow and you’ll lose enthusiasm.
Be prepared. Have what you need ready. Equipment, books, quotes of inspiration all around you to refuel and refocus.
Ask for help. If you’re slugging away and feeling ready to quit call up that friend, the one who knows how to give a pep talk.
Celebrate madly. It’s the small, consistent everyday changes that’ll improve the way you live. Soak up your progress.
Write and record your progress. What gets measured gets actioned.
Don’t ever give up. Keep the momentum going and do something every week that keeps you inching forward.
Great lives are created by having a vision, setting goals and having the discipline to maintain a focus and action that moves toward the big dreams
You have the power to achieve great things. We all do.
So what are you going to do with your one precious life?
How will you make it a great one?