It’s time to break up with unrealistic goals

 

I have huge vision for my life. My Vision is so big that at the present moment I am nowhere near achieving it but that doesn’t mean that I won’t.

Having a big vision for your life isn’t a bad think, in fact, the reason I have such a big dream for the future is because I know it will happen. I have big goals in place and smaller more achievable goals to help me get to the bigger goals and don’t ever underestimate the power of your mind when it comes to turning your dream into a reality.

Now you can’t just think positive thoughts and go about your merry way with your fingers crossed hoping that your vision will just fall into your lap. You need to actually set the goals and do them to create the positive momentum that you will need to see it though.

Here are a few tips to help you setting some butt kicking goals

Get really specific with what you want

One of the biggest issues regarding setting goals is keeping them at a high level, basically we can set goals that are totally unachievable. I totally have an all or nothing personality and it can be hard for me at time to not reach my big goals right from the get go. I want to accomplish big things in my life but setting goals that were too general made it difficult to accomplish them.

It’s also difficult to measure how you are doing if your goals are too big. The best approach is to break big goals into chunks.

Become a Chunky Monkey

Think of the chunks as action items. These actions are measurable units that you put to milestones. You need to set them up in a way that holds you accountable otherwise, they won’t get accomplished.

Write it down

Write your goals and action steps down on paper. Put it in a place where you can view it every single day. I have created a Vision Chart that can help you create small and large goals that will ultimately help you turn your vision into a reality.

Just keep going

It’s okay to dream big with your goals but be realistic about accomplishing them. When you break your goals down into action steps and find they are not within your ability or skill set to accomplish within the specified periods, rework them until you find the right mix of actions. Making the goals and actions too difficult will set yourself up for frustration when not being able to accomplish them.

Evaluating how well you accomplish the action steps will go a long way in helping you meet the goals. The set of actions will get you where you want to be. If you find you are stumbling on some of your action items, determine why and see if you can get back on track. It is at this point you can recognize that you were too aggressive with the plan, and this will enable you to seek alternatives.

Move ahead with your actions and keep going. Understand that roadblocks are a natural part of the process. If something worthwhile was easy, you wouldn’t need to set goals to accomplish it, and everyone would be doing it. It probably won’t be worth it either. Overcoming obstacles give people a sense of accomplishment, and it can help us grow.

Setting goals is important. But creating action items related to those goals is the key to making them a reality. It is much easier to perform smaller chunks of work than it is to wing it towards whatever goal you are striving for.

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