Setting goals, we all do it.
It’s pretty simple to sit down with a pen and paper jotting down your list of things to accomplish. Do you have a list of goals? You’d be surprise at how many people actually don’t. We think about it, sometimes we talk about it, but sometimes we forget about it.
Life and all the things that come with it, it’s hard to remember. It’s hard to stay focused on a project or dream that doesn’t immediately add something tangible to TODAY. We go to work 5 or maybe 7 days a week. We work 8 or even 12 hours a day. Why? Because the time we put in gives us immediate return. Why do we choose to pick up fast food instead of going home and cooking a healthy meal? We want immediate satisfaction. It’s hard to think of the future when you’re trying to enjoy today.
We don’t make it a point to save 10% of our paychecks toward investing or even for a raining day. We would like to but…I don’t think I need to list the reasons why because we know what they are. Some for good reason, some are just excuses. What’s the famous line? “I work hard, I should be able to treat myself.” Or, “I’ve been working all day, I just want to relax and not spend another hour in the kitchen.” We’re all guilty of it. It’s hard, I know.
Yes, we all deserve to reward ourselves. We all should live everyday to the fullest. Tomorrow isn’t promised so we should be grateful and live today. But…we don’t know what lies ahead, we still should try to live to our fullest potential. Today matters, and so does tomorrow and the next.
Ask yourself this…are you where you want to be in life? Whether it’s your weight, relationships, or financial status? If the answer is no, are you willing to sacrifice a little to make a change? If so, how?
I’m sure google can pull up a million things on the subjects you would like more information on. Type in “guide to weight lost, how to make the most of your money, how can I be a better parent…” the list goes on. There is help if you want it. That’s the key line, IF YOU WANT IT. If you do, then there is no stopping you from grabbing that pen and paper and asking yourself, “What are my goals? What do I really want?”
I recently found a goals list I made in 2007. I thought to myself, wow. I don’t remember making one or why. I was racking my brain trying to figure out what possessed me to create one. I was trying to recall what place I was in during this time. I couldn’t really remember. All I know is my son had to be 7 at the time. I was already living on my own. Life was probably a little rough but not too bad. I have always been very responsible and did the things a good parent would do. All I can think of to why I wrote that goals list is because I wanted more. I had dreams. At that moment, I was determined to take action and I did by taking the time to sit down and write that list. Here are some of the things I jotted.
It looks like I completed a few, still working on some, haven’t even started others. There are even a few things I wrote down and was like, what the heck? LOL…I don’t want to do that anymore.
Bottom line, 5 years later…I ask myself, “why am I so behind?” My only answer is…LIFE. It’s pure and simple. All the usual things, kids, friends, work, relationships , health…you name it. It was there.
What happened? Obviously it was the lack of determination. 5 years later and I’m at where I started. Well… not exactly. At one point in my life I wanted more. At this point in my life, I’m still wanting more. These past 2 years, I’ve gone on many different ventures. I’ve rediscovered myself and have grown tremendously.
I may have not yet completed everything, but I am still persuing my goals and dreams. The proof is on that piece of paper. There are some things I’ve crossed out, and there are things I have added.
It feels good either way. The only difference from 2007 and now is, I am much more determined than ever. I’m at that point where the time is now. No more distractions, no more excuses. It’s my time.
I strongly recommend you writing a list of goals. I also recommend creating a vision board. Check out the products tab and make your way to “Vision Board.” It will give you some ideas and inspiration.
Writing down a goals list alone will help you. It can keep you focused. You can see your progress along the way. Will you get distracted and lost, yes. But you will always have that list to go back to when you come to a place where you’re wondering what the hell it is you’re gonna do with your life.
3 things you will need for sure….first and foremost, DETERMINATION…you have to want it bad enough. Second, Patience…because nothing happens over night.
Third and very important, Faith…faith in yourself.
Get moving along now…you can dream as small or as big as you would like. We all define happiness and success differently.