But are we really?
Like most of us, I too succumbed to the post-holiday lull and found myself thinking more and more about what I want out of life. As I pondered my 5 year plan, I found myself procrastinating more than creating actions.
I quickly climbed out of the post-holiday blues and got on with it and wrote down exactly what I wanted. The never-ending list of goals read a bit like War and Peace, and I found myself overwhelmed with an unrelenting diary entry of “things to do”.
There aren’t enough hours in the day to achieve all my goals. How many times have you found yourself saying that? I do it quite often and only recently have realised that it’s an absolute crock!
Now hear me out. I am Queen of the Procrastinators, so this was a hard pill for me to swallow. I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and reading a lot of “self-motivating” material lately, and I feel I’ve pulled my head out of the sand!
What I’ve found works for me (and this is different for each individual) is to write my goals down and see them every day. Sounds simple because it really is. But that daily reminder really kicks starts my day and helps me sleep, knowing that I did something that helps me move closer to that goal.
Ok now to the goal. A goal needs to be specific and measureable (my Marketing hat is on!). But it’s true. If you can’t measure it, then how will you know you’ve succeeded? If your goal is to earn a certain amount, then put a timeframe on it and work towards that. If it’s a health goal, then write down what your ideal weight will be and when, and so on and so forth.
I’m a big believer that when you open your mind to the world’s opportunities they will present themselves to you. So start believing that your goals are your reality and work on small steps to get you there.
One step at a time is all it takes to move forward.