We are well into 2019 now, and nearly half way through August at that! That is truly crazy, but before we look ahead to the rest of the year, I would like to take a moment to remind you of the New Year’s Resolutions you set yourself this year? It is very easy to slip, or to complain about something you don’t have, so how come so many new year’s resolutions get forgotten about?
Why set goals? Setting goals is an important part of the planning and productivity process. It gives us a focus, a reason, and hopefully a reward at the end if you are able to complete it. Not only does it give us a focus, if your goals are set thoroughly, you will also be able to see all the possible outcomes and create a timeline/plan to be able to avoid/fix/achieve each outcome there is.
Try to remember all the goals you have ever set yourself… Do you remember how it made you feel? Many goal setters get a sense of something called “Long-term vision with short-term motivation.” What does that even mean? Setting goals allows you to see what you want to have, and how that can benefit you 1,3,5 or even 10 years down the line – your long term vision. However, feeling enthusiastic and ready to accomplish your goal now hands you the short-term motivation to get you started. Once you check one thing off your to do list, you then feel happy, and want to do more, providing your next dose of motivation.
If you are one to get a little distracted by the next episode of your favourite show, or begin scrolling through social media, then setting goals might be the thing you need. When you sit down and create a plan/goal for yourself, you need to give yourself a deadline… and no… 3 Christmas’ away will not suffice! If you have set a short enough deadline, setting goals can help you become less of a procrastinator and more of a doer!
The most important reason of all… you! Go back to all those New Year’s Resolutions you made… I am certain that none of them were about a random person, or about a good roast dinner you ate! Goals are about you and therefore setting them allows you to see your positives, your strengths, your values and how you improve as a person!
Time to get goal setting!
Until next time…