What do you want to achieve in your life? What are your goals and dreams?
When I ask the majority of people these questions very few people have a specific answers to what they want to achieve in their life and what their goals and dreams are. Most of the time someone will respond to me with answers like…
“I don’t really know. Maybe I will go back to school one day.”
“Hmmmm. I’m not sure. I think I might like to own my own business someday.”
Are you guilty of this? If so, you are exactly like I used to be. I used to be very unclear about what I wanted to achieve in my life. I wasn’t sure what my goals and dreams were or where I was heading in life.
The problem with not being sure of what you want to achieve is that it doesn’t get you anywhere. You accomplish nothing. You drift along without a plan because it’s impossible to plan to achieve something if you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve! Someday keeps on getting pushed further and further back, and then someday eventually becomes never.
“It’s impossible to plan to achieve something if you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve.”
If you are unclear of what you want to accomplish during your life and don’t know what your goals and dreams are you need to take the time to figure it out. If you don’t figure out what you want out of life, one day you will look back and be disappointed with where you are and how you spent your time. This is your wake up call…Don’t let this happen to you!
If you want to live a life of meaning, accomplishing everything you have ever dreamed of you need to start by doing one thing…Take the time to write down your goals. I cannot stress how important this is. Studies have shown that only 3% of people write down what their goals are. Those 3% of people are typically the highest achievers among society.
Here is how to make a list of your goals and dreams so that YOU achieve everything you’ve ever wanted…
1. Ask yourself these questions…
- What makes you happy?
- What would you feel proud to have accomplished during your lifetime?
- What is one thing you can accomplish this month that you have always wanted to? (My first goal was to learn how to juggle)
2. Write down everything that comes to mind…
These are YOUR goals and can be anything YOU want! Don’t worry if they sound crazy to other people. If it is something that will make you happy and you really want to achieve it, write it down! Write down at least 100 goals that you want to achieve during your lifetime.
3. Your goals should include the following areas of your life…
- Health and Fitness
4. Be specific with your goals…
Don’t just write down a brief description of your goals. You need to be specific. Here’s an example…
- Don’t write, “Start my own business”
- Instead write “Start my own Italian restaurant in Downtown Chicago that gets voted best new restaurant by food critics and is featured in the Chicago Tribune.”
5. Organize and prioritize your goals…
Go through all of your goals and put the most import goals you want to achieve at the top your list. Be sure to number them as well. Once you have them prioritized take the very easiest goal you can accomplish and put it as number one. You want this goal to be something that you can achieve in a few days. Remember, my first goal on my list was to learn how to juggle…pretty simple, but it took some work. When you have this goal at the top of your list start working out a plan to achieve it and make it happen. I recommend putting an easy goal first so that you can get the ball rolling on achieving your goals. You will see the pattern for what it takes to accomplish any goal once you accomplish one…so start small.
6. Put a time limit on your goals…
Once you have your goals prioritized put a specific date at the end of each goal of when you will achieve it. By doing this it helps you start to visualize the process and the amount of time you have to achieve each goal. If you don’t do this you are enabling yourself to keep on pushing your goals further back and you will never get around to achieving them. Don’t be an enabler…Write down that date! Here’s and example…
- Start my own Italian restaurant in Downtown Chicago that gets voted best new restaurant by food critics and is featured in the Chicago Tribune. (December 2015)
7. Don’t rush through the process..
When I first wrote down all of my goals I spent a whole weekend doing this exercise. That’s right…two whole days. Don’t be in a hurry to rush through the process of writing down your goals. Enjoy it; have fun with it and be creative!
8. Don’t cross off your completed goals…highlight them!
Once your list of goals is completed you can start planning and working to accomplishing them. When you start accomplishing your goals don’t cross them off the list, highlight the goals you have achieved. By highlighting your goals it makes you feel so much better about what you have accomplished. They stand out on paper and it is a constant reminder of what you have accomplished.
Here is what my list of goals and dreams looks like…
I keep my list of goals and dreams as a word document so that I can continue to add to the list and edit it as I see fit. I have several copies of my list that I keep in different places. I keep a copy in my office, brief case, car, bedside table and one in my wallet. I also look at the list at least three times a day. This keeps me focused on what I am trying to achieve and it helps me plan accordingly to achieve my goals.
Have you written down your goals? If not, what’s keeping you from doing it?
Written By Brad Johns
Brad is a Positive Blogger, Follower of Jesus Christ, Founder of Tenzy, and Investor