Without goals, many of us drift through life and never end up doing much of anything. The fact is, if you want to get somewhere, you have to have a focus a reason to do all the hard work. Creating goals is a surefire way to avoid drifting through life. They offer you direction, focus, drive, and ambition. Most millionaires did not get there on sheer luck. They had an idea that they worked on very hard. The truth is as long as you have a focus and are determined, you can pretty much get anywhere in life, within reason. This is also a great idea to hand down to your children, as the younger you are when you develop a goal, the easier it is to achieve.
Create your Goal
You need to sit down and think about your life and personality and where you want to end up. Decide exactly what it is you want to achieve, then write it down. The act of writing it down makes it a real thing in the world and more difficult to ignore. Your subconscious will pick this up and, in some ways, will do some of the hard work for you. By creating a statement of intent, a meaningful goal, you are focusing your mind, and that is what you need to do.
Create Manageable Chunks
Okay, so maybe your goal is to become a doctor. Just writing down ‘I want to be a doctor’ is great, but it doesn’t help you get there. The end product may seem so far away for some goals, but when you start breaking it down into manageable chunks, it doesn’t seem so difficult. Again this is something that you can help your children with too. So, with the example of being a doctor, you know you will need to study. Perhaps you already have the grades to go to college. Then you may start with seeking college admissions consulting. However, if you do not have the grades and need to go back to basics, create goals such as getting that biology grade, volunteering at a hospital, discussing options with lots of different colleges, seeing if there are any other courses you can do to get you admitted to the university. Creating manageable chunks is about creating smaller goals that add up to the main goal. It is like creating a ladder with rungs that are closer together, making the main goal seem easier to obtain.
Remember to Reward Yourself
As you start climbing up that goal ladder, you should remember to reward yourself as often as you can. You don’t need to consistently slave away with no reward, as this may deter you in the end and stop you from achieving your goal. So once you get admitted into that college, or get that grade you need, or even when you start volunteering,m remember these are all milestones, and a little treat for yourself will remind you that it is all worth it. It is about remembering self-care while striving to achieve.