I feel like we ALL have hopes and dreams like that, even if we don’t want to admit it.
You know, the kind of ideas and goals that keep you up at night because you’re just so excited at even the thought of it actually happening? It’s such an amazing feeling! Like, really. The energy behind something like that is invigorating.
I’m not trying to come off like some life coach that’s trying to tell you that “you’re awesome and can be anything you want to be in this world.” Blah blah blah. Quite honestly, it sounds too cliché for my liking and it’s just NOT realistic at all.
Unfortunately, a lot of times people have these huge goals and have the best of intentions to follow through and get what they want, but for whatever reason, they end up failing.
This post is total perfect timing for what’s happening in my life because I’m juggling like a million things I want to get done but can’t seem to wrap my head around how I’m going to do them ALL.
Which brings me to my first point on goal setting: Don’t take everything on at once.
Being overwhelmed in any situation is horrid. If my brain is going in a bunch of different directions, I shut down. That’s it. I can’t clutter my brain/life is too much otherwise NOTHING GETS DONE. I’ll sooner crawl into the fetal position under my bed than do anything mildly productive if I’m overwhelmed. I can say this from experience, like this has seriously happened before.
To prevent such pathetic displays of stress to happen again, I make sure I never have too much on my plate at once. I compartmentalize and organize, basically. The way things get done is based on priority. The more important stuff is on the top of the pile and I complete tasks by order of significance.
The key is to focus all your energy on ONE task at a time. Don’t try to juggle multiple responsibilities at once. Multitasking is a serious lie.
Remember when I said REALISTIC goal setting? It’s kind of the whole point. By all means, GO AFTER YOUR DREAM. Go after it aggressively. But make sure you can actually make it happen first.
Make sure you have the resources, the time, and the actual ability to achieve your goal so you don’t set yourself up for failure. Failure SUCKS, no?
I can’t decide to run a marathon next week when I can’t remember the last time I actually ran. You know?
Oh, and make sure you’re PASSIONATE about it.
If it lights a fire in you and makes you excited for the future, don’t let anything get in your way. MAKE IT HAPPEN. I mean, isn’t that what life is all about, anyways? Too many people go to work for 40 hours a day, everyday, doing something they hate. You don’t need to be one of them.
I had a major reality check around this recently. I over-cluttered my life s0 much I thought permanent-fetal-position would ensue. I’m talking SO many responsibilities, most of which were tearing my soul apart. So I took a look at the big picture and decided what was worth my time and what needed to GTFO.
And guess what? No more fetal position, people!!
It makes getting in my serenity corner and writing my ‘to-do’s’ for the next day THAT much more exciting.
Pursuing my dreams and passions makes me so much more productive, too. Because when you’re passionate about something, it doesn’t feel like work.
Any other goal setting tips you can think of? Did I miss anything?