1. Find out exactly what you want in life.
In an earlier post we talked about finding out exactly what it is you want in life. It’s not that hard. But it must be something concrete and solid. “I want to be happy” isn’t a goal. “I want to make 100,000 dollars a year in five years” is a goal. Your goals must be feasible and realistic, otherwise you are just setting yourself up for failure. Try and think of at least ten goals you’d like to achieve if time and money was not an option. If you take out all the superficial and unrealistic “goals” in your head, what are you truly left with? You are left with what you are passionate about.
This man is Alan Watts. How would you answer his question: What would you do if money were no object?
2. Write it down
After you’ve racked your brain for realistic and concrete goals, it is time to actually sit down and write them out. The pen is truly mightier than the sword. When you actually write down your goals something amazing happens, they start to appear everywhere. If your goal is to start your own business in five years, opportunities to do that will continue to present themselves again and again. Write down as many goals as you can until your arm tires, then go back and pick ten to accomplish in the near future. Just wait and see where your passion takes you.
3. Carry it with you
The next step is to carry your goals with you wherever you go. Write them down on a piece of paper that can fit in your wallet or purse and take them everywhere you go. They must go EVERYWHERE with you so that you can look them over everyday. When a tough decision comes up, just pull them out and ask yourself, “Is this in line with my major goals?”. Whether it be a “yes” or a “no”, you have the correct answer. Is your daily life taking you to where you want to go?
In honor or Dumb and Dumber 2, here’s what visualizing, writing down and carrying around your goals can do for any of us. Thank you Jim Carey!
4. Volunteer your skills, join a club and network.
If you don’t have the means or skills to achieve your goals today, that’s okay. No one is asking you to quit your day job or go back to school just yet. To find out if these are really your goals and that they truly align with your passions, you must work at them for nothing. Time is the most valuable commodity you have and if you dedicate your free time willingly to these goals, then you have yourself a passion. Joining a club or volunteering with other individuals who are passionate about what they are doing is a great way to improve your abilities and a great way to network in the field you love. Finally the easiest step of them all.
5. See step number one.
Complete steps one through four. Most people can’t even answer number one. Stick to it for a month. 30 days is all you need. But remember, you must: set your goals, write them down, review them daily, and dedicate some of your free time to improvement. You need all four to continue to step five. If after thirty days you don’t feel on track to your goals, that’s great! Now you know one more thing that you don’t want and you may proceed back to step one! Don’t be afraid. What have you got to lose?
If you have feedback on this post or anything in general, don’t hesitate to comment. You have opinions. Let them be heard!
Keep moving forward,
Person to look into: Alan Watts
Audio book to hear: Goals! How to get everything you want. by Brian Tracy
Book to read: Build Your Dreams by Chip Hiden & Alexis Irvin