I have not always been a goal oriented person. In fact, most of the time I just enjoy going with the flow of life. That sounds nice, right? As nice as that sounds, it never last.
Years ago I realized if I wanted to do great things, make a difference in life, or even just move forward, I was going to have to start setting goals.
I started, like a lot of people, with vague goals that were unmeasurable and too big. Goals that I would never hit or couldn’t really define if I hit it. It is easy to do because we look at the big picture and the end game, rarely do we see the milestones along the way.
After a while, I learned how to set real goals. Goals that were measurable and attainable. If you set a goal you may never hit, you might be setting yourself up for failure, disappointment, and you miss the best part…celebrating when you reach your goals.
Creating new goals is fun and exciting. Motivating yourself in the beginning is easy. The hard part comes after the initial excitement of the new goal wears off and the real work sets in. It is harder to maintain the daily disciple that is required to reach your goals.
It has been said that life is a journey, not a destination. This is true of your goals as well. There has to be a degree of enjoyment and celebrating along the journey or the goal will always seem unattainable.
It doesn’t matter how quickly you are attaining your goal, but rather that you are making progress every day.
When it comes to chasing your goal, it is often easier to hit the snooze button one more time. It is easier to say, I’ll put it off until tomorrow because I am too tired. It is easier to hope tomorrow will bring more clarity. The problem is that tomorrow may never be what you hope. Tomorrow may be as busy as today. Tomorrow will have all new distractions.
There is one element you need to make sure that every day you make progress towards reaching your goals.
Someone once said:
DAILY DISCIPLINE MEANS:
Choosing the hard option.
Choosing to get uncomfortable.
Choosing to delay your gratification.
It’s choosing to do what’s right by making the commitment to yourself that your long term goals are more important than your short term feelings.
Here are 3 simple ways to move forward in reaching your goals.
1. DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO – EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT.
Start small. Try and just work for 5 minutes on your goal. Often times you will work longer. It is simply about getting started.
2. TURN YOUR BIG PICTURE GOAL INTO SMALL ATTAINABLE MILESTONES.
In order to make sure you feel like you are moving forward and can measure that you are closer to hitting your goals, turn your big picture goal into smaller goals. This gives you milestones to celebrate and smaller steps to take in order to get to your goal.
3. LOOK AT YOUR GOALS DAILY.
Write your goal down and put it somewhere you will see it every day. Not just the big picture, but the next step as well.
It’s going to be hard. But hard is not impossible.
What discipline can you put in place today to take a step toward your goal?
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