How To Set And Achieve Goals, Easily
Although we’re all certainly surrounded by talented people who go after their dreams, we also find ourselves (often, frustratingly so,) surrounded by people who only talk about their dreams. You know, those people who say they want to get healthier but never work out or eat well or the ones that complain constantly about their jobs but make little effort to look for a new one. Does any of this sound like you? (Don’t worry, it sounds like a lot of us too!)
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While we do not intend to place judgment, we do hope to make you aware that saying you want something just isn’t going to cut it! You need to do something. You need to show how much you want something. You need to work for it. This does not mean that you need to suffer or that if you don’t have bruises from working hard than you didn’t work, but it does mean that you need to take an honest inventory of what you want and what you are doing to get it.
As a personal example, about 5 years ago I decided that I wanted to be an actor. I knew I had the courage and knowledge to pursue acting full-time and so I set a goal: to go to at least 5 auditions each week. Perhaps lofty, but that was the point. With little idea as to how to go about achieving this, I felt every possible emotion. I was overwhelmed, scared and nervous. I may not have known how to feel, but I did know one thing: I wasn’t going to stop until I made this happen. I asked the people around me who were doing what I wanted to do a lot of questions. I asked to be introduced to agents, photographers and acting coaches. I didn’t give-up. Rather, with persistence, in just 30 days I was freelancing with 10 agents! 5 years later, many of them still send me out on auditions. My goal of auditioning 5 times a week was far exceeded.
While your goals are likely different than mine, we all have dreams of our futures and benchmarks we hope to meet. So, how do you go about surpassing your goals? Figure out where you’re currently at, if you’re on the right track and whether you’re following up your words with the adequate actions.
Here, some tips on getting started:
Set a goal. Write down the ultimate dream you have for yourself.
Make a daily plan. Figure out an action that you can take every day that sets you on the right path. If you want a new job, maybe make a goal to speak to at least 1 person per day regarding his or her profession. Remember, you don’t have to suffer to get what you want; it just takes commitment and discipline. Over time, small actions will lead to big results.
Write down a long-term plan. It can be a plan for the whole year or simply a month long journey. Do not, however, use this plan to beat yourself up if there are goals you do not reach! This plan is meant to hold you accountable and ensure you’re headed in the right direction. If you find that you are not moving forward the way you intended to, allow yourself to reevaluate your plan.
Have compassion for your journey. This is the most important point of all: when you bring love to your experiences, you bring life to those situations and allow for more growth.
Get started. So what are you waiting for? The world is waiting for you to make your mark. Start today!