Even though we are constantly setting goals for ourselves in our minds, it can be pretty hard to find concrete goals that we can commit ourselves to. The important thing to remember is, goals can be big or small, long-term or short-term. And both can coexist at the same time. What matters is that we have a clear vision of what we want to achieve, because without one we tend to overthink and grow anxious over not making substantial progress.
With concrete goals we know what we want, and it becomes all about making a plan to get it. Whether you’re looking at a small objective or the big picture, it’s important to remember that everyone experiences failures and it’s through small moments that we can begin to experience change. Small victories are nothing to be ashamed of, however. They are testaments to our growth that we look back on to remind us we were always succeeding, even before you achieved the ultimate goal. It boosts your self-confidence, and shows you how much you’re really capable of. So what are some ways to set these goals?
Where do you need to change?
Well the first step is to identify what area of your life needs change (i.e.; family, career, spiritual). Second, what is it that you want to change about that aspect of that area you want to change. Remember this can range from wanting to make the world a better place to earning a promotion in the workplace.
Write it down!
Pick somewhere to write down your goals. This can be a personal journal, on sticky notes around the house, anywhere where you’re guaranteed to see it every day. The more you see it, the more you talk about it with others, the more likely it is to manifest. It’s like the law of attraction!
Like I said before, goals range from small to big. If we start with small goals that are achievable in a shorter period of time, it’s less likely we’ll become disillusioned. They become the incentives that propel us forward and keep us motivated on our journeys towards change.
It’s necessary to note that we all experience self-doubt. We all wonder if we are adequate enough to achieve those goals that, in our heads, might seem to fantastical to ever be real. I’m here to tell you that your reach is only as far as the limitations you set for yourself. Just don’t try to jump off a building with your arms flapping, and expect to fly. That’s a little farfetched. Go invent a jetpack instead, like in The Jetsons. Now that’s probable!
Have these be habits you instill in yourself, and in your children. If we teach kids, and demonstrate to them their dreams are valid just like an adult’s, we get kids that turn into some pretty innovative, confident grown-ups; grown-ups that will probably bring about tremendous change. This is because if we teach children to follow their dreams, without stifling conditions, and harmful ifs and buts (within reason, of course), we get children that will not put limitations upon themselves.
“Imagine you have to hit a specific target on a wall about seven feet away from you. You see it clearly and then you shoot with a beanbag. Now imagine someone blindfolds you, spins you around a few times, and asks you to hit the same target again. How close do you think you will be? There’s definitely a big difference between the two, right? When you don’t have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, it’s like hitting a target while blindfolded.”