A Better Self

Got Goals?

I heard someone mention that a big part of our stress level today has to do with the fact that we are a generation of progress. And with progress comes stress. Stress related to change and the uncertainty of the future. Most of us live in a society, or culture, where everything is at our fingertips. And with the technology we have, that is literally true. We want to impress others, triumph those that surround us, stay steps ahead, and focus on distant prospects while neglecting the actuality of now. We probably spend more time dreaming of the imaginary world of “what if” and “if only” more than we actually spend working on making the goals we want to attain happen.

Check out this post: Why You Need To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

I’m not saying your shouldn’t be focused on the future. You should. Formulating ideas for what we would like to accomplish in a month, a year, 5 years, helps to keep us motivated and focused. But within that, we need to not lose sight of the life we live today because we are too focused on finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

So, back to the goal setting. Many successful individuals will tell you that this is important. Goal setting gives you drive, keeps you focused. But, if not done appropriately, can do the exact opposite. Let’s hit a few high points as to how we can set goals, and make them happen. Let me also point out that these are tips for myself as well. We all have goals that we want to achieve. Some periodically, some daily, some once in a lifetime. Most of us wish to live a full and successful life, and the definition of “success” will constantly vary among individuals. But, I feel as thought it is safe to say that, whatever you may imagine your personal ideal of success to be, the only way to get there is by accomplishing a few goals along the way.

Let’s get started!

  • It is necessary to examine what it is that you actually wish to achieve. What is actually important/necessary for you. This can help keep your goals at a realistic level instead of an insane volume, thus keeping you on track. 
  • Know that proper goal setting will adjust the focal track of your life. Be it emotionally, financially, spiritually, within your relationships-based on your goals.
  • Realize that accomplishing goals takes hard work. No genie is going to come and grant you 3 wishes. Saying “I want”, snapping your fingers, or clicking your heels together 3 times won’t work either.
  • Set goals that keep you motivated. If it motivates you, then you are more likely to be invested and put in the work necessary to accomplish it because it is important to you.
  • If you aren’t worried about the outcome of a goal, or it doesn’t seem important in the grand scheme of things, ditch it.
  • Prioritize your goals. Whether it be by time, necessity, importance, etc. This helps to increase the focus on those that hold most value, therefore keeping them close in view and increasing the likelihood of success.
  • Use the SMART technique. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound). I’m not saying that this will apply easily for all goals, but if it is applicable in any way, use it! This helps to drive focus and hold accountability.
  • Write it down. Let me say it again, WRITE. IT. DOWN. I literally write small goals for myself every day. Writing down things I need to do, goals I wish to achieve, makes it visible and real. It also gives me the opportunity of small bouts of glory when I get to mark through a met goal as it is accomplished.
  • Take your goals and create a plan of action. Heck, maybe even a plan B just in case. Write down the steps and check them off as you go.
  • Make it happen and stick with it. It isn’t enough to jot it down, plan it out, and dream. You have to make it happen.

“It always seems impossible, until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

For those of you that are like me and find, even getting started, a difficult task and source of anxiety: don’t try to do it all at once. Take one goal at a time. Start small. Heck, maybe even something that is ridiculously easy and doesn’t even seem like a goal. Like folding that load of laundry, trying a simple new recipe, or taking a 30 minute walk. Things that you know you could easily achieve. Then build from there. Don’t let your fear of failure overwhelm you and hold you back.

Have a great week folks!

Copyright Β© 2017 Shawna: Whole, Hearty, Happy – All rights reserved

38 thoughts on “Got Goals?

  1. I really believe in the concept of writing down goals because I think it helps us to stay more committed to them. I also like what you said about setting goals that motivate us. Usually, if it’s a goal that you dread it will be harder to stick with it or see it through. Good post, I really enjoyed it. I’m always looking for motivation and encouragement. πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww, thanks! I appreciate that! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I think goal setting is important. I also feel like we all could use a little bit of encouragement and motivation from time to time. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Thank you for this amazing post.
    Learning & motivating, Goal gives us direction how we have to approach towards our final destination,Yes settings goal is very important. With this we have purpose in life.

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  4. I always had problems reaching my goals…I think my mistake is that I’m thinking too much ahead and setting up some unrealistic goals…I should go from one step to another because the stress that comes with the failures are unbearable.

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    1. After multiple episodes of feelings of failure, I decided to change how I looked at my goals. I have an end goal (which is achievable down the road) and smaller stepping-stone-goals to help me get there. Small achievements on my way to the grand prize.


  5. My one major caveat with goal setting is that it makes me tired beyond point. If I am in a productive mode, it will take up all my energy and so I have to have a dedicated day to set goals. and your points do make it fun to learn. thanks

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    1. That is a good idea. If you know it takes up a lot of energy, don’t do it in the morning or on a already busy day. Dedicate a day/time that works best for you!


  6. This is a really insightful post! I’m one who definitely forgets to live in the moment because I’m always focused on trying to achieve things but this post but all of that into perspective. I’m definitely going to try some of your steps!

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