Have you thought about what you want to be doing in five years’ time? Are you clear about what your main objective at work is at the moment? Do you know what you want to have achieved by the end of today?
If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.
Think about it: having a million dollars in the bank is only proof of success if one of your goals is to amass riches. If your goal is to practice acts of charity, then keeping the money for yourself is suddenly contrary to how you would define success.
We may have a burning desire to see changes in our lives—less stress, a healthier lifestyle, more money in the bank account—but actually implementing those changes involves much more than mere motivation.
Here are some reminders to help you along your journey. Bookmark this page and refer to these whenever you need a push or feel down.
9 Simple Reminders To Help You Reach Your Goals
1. Your Past Does Not Define You
No matter what your past looks like, it’s important to acknowledge that the past is just a chain of time where certain decisions were made and outcomes were periodically produced.
If you make new decisions and take new actions, it’s impossible for your future to look like your past, because you’d literally be living in a different way.
2. Set Inspiring and Detailed Goals
Many people set vague goals once a year on New Year’s Eve and only follow through on them for a few days or weeks. In order to follow through on any goal, you have to set compelling, detailed goals within specific timeframes because it will give you the necessary drive to achieve it.
The first step is to ascertain what your goal is, in detail, and then to find out why you want to achieve it. By finding strong enough (why) you’ll uncover more passion, momentum, and drive to achieve something bigger than you ever thought possible!
It’s important to set realistic goals in realistic time frames in order to set yourself up for success: the only exception is if you have the power to make the goal so real in your mind that you can manage to achieve a crazy goal in minimal time! But in general, setting realistic goals is the most sustainable way to achieve them.
3. Direct Your Focus
Direct your focus in order to achieve specific, compelling and measurable goals. Whatever you focus on is where you’ll spend most of your energy, which is why it’s so important to direct your focus in a way that will serve your life.
“Where focus goes, energy flows.”
It’s meaningless to focus on things that simply annoy you because it won’t help you to focus on things that inspire you. You need to replace misguided focus with purposeful, directed focus in order to become truly successful and fulfilled.
4. Embrace Problems
So many of us get so disappointed when we have a constant chain of problems to face and we feel as though we’re doing something wrong to keep having them, but the truth is, problems are part of life.
Without problems, there’d be no solutions, no growth, and no energy.
Problems lead the way to success because they inspire thought, creativity, time management and incredible ideas.
5. Keep Empowering Beliefs
No matter what happens to you in life, it’s you who gets to decide what meaning to attach to it. This is one of those annoying truths in life, but you have to face it if you ever want to live a truly happy life.
You can take literally any experience and alter the meaning and belief that you have created about it in order to create an empowering outcome.
No matter how traumatic something may be, you get to decide what it means to you: maybe you can believe that something terrible was necessary to give you the level of empathy and compassion that you can share with the world today.
6. You Are In Control
Imagine the incredible power, confidence and drive that you will have if you accept this one simple truth: that you hold the control to change your own life and to make it into anything you want it to be.
There’s nothing that can stop you unless you choose to let it stop you, which still ultimately is up to you to decide.
You hold the keys to your own destiny, to your own outcome, and to your own life, which means that really no amount of circumstance, obstacle, or people can get in your way once you realize it.
7. Set Your Standards
Have you set a standard for every or any area of your life? If you ask yourself directly what your financial, personal, relationship and physical standards actually are you might just discover how vague or non-existent theymare.
Many of us live day to day without truly setting a standard for how we want to live, which is why we’re so inconsistent and generally aren’t very successful.
Even success has a standard: have you set your standard for success?
8. Take Massive Determined Action
Doing things casually and half-heartedly rarely produces any compelling results, and if it does, you won’t feel very deserving of its success.
A mindset of massive determined action is also linked to your physiology: instead of slumping your shoulders, feeling shy and ashamed, stand tall and proud and march forward with your chin up and your chest brave and strong.
This concept might sound really simple, but it’s so powerful: if you take massive and determined action you will be successful because you’re doing things with power and energy and not letting anything stop you.
It’s a different mindset to “attacking your problems”: that rarely works and usually leaves you in a big mess.
It’s a mindset of doing things with such power, such vision, such guided control and determination that you go from A to B with absolute force.
9. Master Your Time
Many of us fail to monitor how we allocate our time, allowing hours to slip by in front of the TV or numbing ourselves in limited, un-challenging habits and company.
Many people also think of a timeline as a year in which to achieve things and tend to let many months’ slip by before they actually do anything towards a goal that they’ve set out to achieve.
It’s all about setting a standard for your time allocation. Master your time in order to master your life: you can achieve so much more than you think you can and in minimal time.