“Not setting goals is like flying a plane blindfolded.”
Raise your hand if you’ve been told at some point how important it is to set goals—long term goals with short term goals to help you get there. Exactly…everyone can put their hands down. But, how many of us have written down our goals, looked at them, recited them every day, and base everything we do in our lives on those goals? Not so many hands up. This is another example of us talking the talk without walking the walk. We all know that without goals and the steps to achieve those goals, we’re never going to get where we actually want to be.
A great quote I once heard was, “Not setting goals is like flying a plane blindfolded.” I may know that I want to get from Atlanta to Miami, but if I don’t know the speed, altitude, weight, direction, how much gas is in the tank, etc., then I am never getting to my destination. This happens way too often with our goals as well. We know the end goal we want: double my salary in 5 years, lose that stubborn 10 pounds, run my first marathon or 5K, and the list goes on. But, if we stop there, then there is no chance of ever achieving these goals without sheer luck.
Goals should cover different aspects of your life, be it personal, professional, and so on. Creating these goals should not be the easiest task. If you can list off 30 goals in a minute, they might not be reaching far enough. Goals should be set just outside of your comfort zone.
Take an hour or two to create a meaningful list of 10-15 goals. Now that you have your goals, it’s time to explain how you are going to get there. Many of us have heard about the SMART method to creating goals, and that can be a great place to start. Creating a SMART goal means making it Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. This is an excellent way to start because you are instantly creating goals that are specific to what you want, and not so lofty that they might never be achieved.
However, the one thing that SMART goals fails to create is the emotional connection to your goals. Tony Robbins speaks all the time about creating strong neural pathways between emotion and action, and incorporating them into your goals is an excellent time to start. By linking an emotional response to your goals, such as the benefits and consequences of accomplishing or failing to achieve said goals, you are more inclined to working towards these goals each day.
Just like the article we wrote on using positive affirmations, goals should be read aloud every day so you set your mind in the right direction. If the 10-15 goals you listed and constructed are going to get you to where you want to be, then why do anything else in your day than strive towards accomplishing those goals?
Do you have certain goals you’re trying to attain? Or, amazing strategies you’ve used to accomplish them? Please let us know or comment below so we can all become more efficient at creating the life we want!