We are entering the 4th quarter of the year, and I want you to ask yourself one question. “Have I accomplished my 2017 New Year’s resolution/s?” I’ll wait . . .
A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions and by the time February rolls around, they are back to their old ways. Resolutions are being made but a plan isn’t being formed on how they will actually make their goal happen. I’m going to be honest, I have made several resolutions for myself and by the end of the year, I’m making the same resolution again. People who develop “action plans” experience less anxiety, improved concentration and greater satisfaction about achieving their goals and are more likely to succeed.
Side note: Try not to express your goal to others, though this will put in your head that you have to prove it to them as well and it adds unnecessary pressure to you. Keep it to yourself and work on your goal from within. 😉
“Make your goal as specific as possible.”
Who am I to tell you, what a bad goal is, but I can tell you the way you are going about a goal is not too convincing.
× Bad approach : “I want to lose weight.”
Okay… so what are you going to do to make that happen?
√ Good approach: ” On January 1st I will sign up for a gym and go 2-3 times a week for one hour. I will start preparing my meals for the week. I am aiming to lose 25 lbs by April 10th.”
Make sure your goal is realistically achievable in the time frame you are looking to meet them. Making a timeline for yourself is very important or else you will find yourself continuously putting it off throughout the whole year. Before you know it, the next new year is arriving. I learned about short and long term goals from my step-dad. He taught me that making short term goals serves as a mini-milestone on your way up to bigger goals. I used to set long terms goals for myself that were so unrealistic and I would get so frustrated because I would miss the little things that are very important. There is no rush. Break your long term goals down and place them correctly within the timeline of your goal. Short term goals I look at as nothing longer than six months. Long term goals are anything longer than a year.
Separate what is important, from the irrelevant, or what is just a plain out distraction.
I love to see other people winning in life! Writing this article does not mean I have all the answers or everything together for myself because that is not the case. I am aiming for the top right along with you all.
Most people think winning in life is synonymous to “beating” others. The truth in winning is not about performing better than others, rather it is performing to our highest abilities. We all have different directions in life we are trying to go in, meaning we all reach our goals at different times.
When achieving your goal you want to go about it in the most precise manner possible. I have goals that have yet been check off on my list, but in due time I will get there by staying focused and true to myself. Don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t work out the way you first planned. Make failure your friend, and not your enemy, but continuously press forward.
2 Chronicles 15:7
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
X’s & O’s,