At the end of each year & approaching a new year there’s always a number of things going on within us as humans. It’s exciting. It’s emotional. It’s interesting as we wait and see what awaits for the year ahead. HoweverThe what happens when you suddenly feel like your goals are unachievable, or when your year so far isn’t going the way you expected it?
With so many #goals out there these days Its easy to set yourself high, sometimes unrealistic goals.
Here’s a few things I’ve learnt about getting goals done:
1. Set realistic goals
If you’re setting yourself goals that deep down you know aren’t achievable in the timeframe you’ve set, then be realistic. I mean I’m all about positivity, optimism and faith. But for me when I set goals that are unrealistic sometimes it can become really overwhelming when it comes to achieving them. I find it best to break down goals and look at steps l can take to reach them over a time frame.
2. Don’t leave goal setting to the New Year
We should always have goals and a vision for our lives because ‘without a vision the people perish’. You can’t accomplish anything if you don’t have anything to strive for. (Hmmm – that pretty much sums up life in less than 140 characters). But don’t leave goal setting just for the New Year. The time to start something new, go after your dreams or break into your ideal career is NOW!
I guess it’s nice to start new things in a New Year, but I’m learning that I should always have goals throughout. Don’t wait for a new month or a new year to come, because while it may be nice to wait for a Monday before you start that next project, it’s nicer to just get things done.
3. Set yourself goals for you
This is something I have to remind myself frequently. I’m not competing against others people but competing with myself. It’s so easy to see what other people are doing and try to reach their level of attainment. Its great to be influenced or inspired by someone else but that shouldn’t be motivation to try and be like them or do what they are doing in their life.
We each have different paths. My goals I set for myself are going to be different to the goals you set.
Competing against yourself is the best way to measure success because you will be able to see where you are now and look back at where you’ve come from.
Nobody will set your goals for you and generally no-one has a vested interest in you achieving your goals like you do. So set yourself the goals you know you’ll put the work in to achieve and you will see you’ve managed to cross off so much more off of that to-do list.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NIV