When I often blog or talk to people about setting goals, one of the questions that I am often asked is: “How do I set goals?” Each time this question is asked, I am often stunned as if I assumed the world already knew how to do so. Well in order to help those who also ponder this question, I decided to blog about it. I suggest you read this carefully as you start to adjust your mindset to goal setting. Here are two important rules that you should follow in order to start achieving your goals right away:
Rule #1: Buy a journal! Yes, I am suggesting that you go out and make a purchase but I promise you that this will be one of the best purchases that you will ever make! It doesn’t matter how expensive or inexpensive the journal is. Just own one! Now you’re probably thinking, “Why do I need a journal?”. Here’s why: When you write something down on paper, it becomes permanent. Set in stone. Official. Yes you can talk about the goals that you have but when you actually sit down and write about your goals, it starts to become realistic. Those blank journal pages are just waiting to be filled with positivity. Once you have retrieved your journal. Write down the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your goals. It can be a word or a phrase. Anything! Once this is written down. Think about why you want this for yourself. There is a reason behind all of our goals. You may have not realized that before but now it’s time to figure out why you want to achieve this goal. Write this reason down so whenever you feel discouraged which can happen to even the most positive people in the universe, you’ll be reminded of why you need to keep pushing forward until you’re goal has been achieved. Now you may list your goals! Whether they are short term or long term, they need to be listed. Feel free to write about the steps that you are taking to achieve those goals in your journal. It’s always nice to reflect on our journey to success. Write all things positive inside your journal and write whatever comes to mind. Writing is so therapeutic and I know you’re going to enjoy it so go find a journal and write, write, write!
Rule #2 Do not get distracted!! This is a very important rule. Once you’ve start journaling your goals, you’ll want to start putting your plan for goal achievement into action. While you’re on your path to greatness, please be aware that you will be distracted. It will happen when you least expect it. Your family and friends can distract you when you’re working hard at achieving your goals. Of course they may not mean to distract you but unless you are extremely focused, you can become easily distracted. This is something that you do not want to happen but it happens. You can even distract yourself without even realizing it. You read that correctly. You! Sometimes we can get away from our goal setting mindset and this can put our list of goals on hold for a very long time. We often get caught up with other things and lose focus which results in distraction.To avoid those distractions, you must be driven and very serious about achieving your goals. Do not let anyone deter you from achieving greatness and becoming a better you. You may want to put a do-not-disturb sign on the door of your workspace to remind others just how determined you are to achieve your goals. Do whatever you need to do to avoid those distractions. You have a goal to reach!!!
So now that these rules are known. Be sure to follow them. Remember to set realistic goals and always keep in mind why you want to reach your goal. Stay motivated and determined. You’re going to finally do what you’ve always wanted to do: Set and achieve your goals! I am excited and proud of you for wanting to do so.