Why is it important to have goals? Goals are like a roadmap that helps you get to your desired destination. Goals are important because they give you purpose, something to look forward to. When you wake up in the morning with no purpose, you are likely to get swayed by whatever wind is blowing in whatever direction. Goals keep you grounded, they bring sanity into your life and they give you a sense of direction. Having goals is not enough though. Knowing how to set them well and what to do after setting them is key to helping you achieve them.
1. Think about your future
Thinking precedes achievement. Give yourself permission to think, to dream and to imagine. Great thinkers actually set time aside daily to just think. You can set 20 minutes on your timer and during that time, do nothing else but think. Begin with the end in mind. Think about where you want to be at the end of this year. It is during this time that great ideas will come and you will start getting direction for your life.
2. Get Clear
Vague goals produce vague results. Determine exactly what you want to accomplish. Examples of vague goals would be: 1) Lose weight 2) Perform better in school. These lack clarity. The proper way of setting them would be: 1) Lose 7 pounds by 31st April 2) Get all A’s in the first semester of school. Note the specificity and the timeline added to the second set of goals. When the vision is clear, results appear. Thinking about how it will happen can be overwhelming so don’t think about the how, just get crystal clear on what you want. For yearly goals, experts recommend setting 7 to 10 goals but for life goals, there is no limit!
3. Keep your goals/vision before your eyes
When people set goals on New Year, they stuff them somewhere in a drawer and don’t look at them until December or they lose them altogether. Part of the key to achieving them is putting them somewhere you can look at them daily or weekly. You can even make a collage of images that represent what you want to achieve and set that collage as your screensaver on your phone or laptop. You can also have them on paper and read/review them daily. This keeps your goals alive in your mind and it constantly reminds you of your purpose. You are more likely to work towards them this way as opposed to writing them then stuffing them somewhere, never to look at them again.
4. Take Action
Begin to prepare for that which you are hoping for. Do something every day that contributes to you achieving your goals. For example if you want to lose 7pounds by 31st of April, you can set aside 20 minutes a day to do your workout. Do not overwhelm yourself by starting with unrealistic goals like working out for 2hours in a day. If you’ve never worked out a day in your life, you are likely to give up within the first week. Unrealistic goals will only set you up for failure. Instead, set a daily goal to work out 20minutes and stay consistent with it. Once your body and mind gets the hang of it, you can then challenge yourself with more workouts.
5. Invest in yourself
Invest in personal growth. The greatest investment you can make is in yourself. Ensure that you eat healthy, have 6 to 8 hours of sleep and exercise your body. Feed your mind with healthy things too by reading, watching and listening to content that builds you up. Go to places that contribute to your growth too. And avoid those that bring you down. Invest in your mental health. Develop practices that bring you joy and inner peace every day. You can decide to meditate for the first five minutes of your day or listen to music that brings you joy.
Happy New Year! I hope that these steps give you insight into what to do to tailor your own goals. We wish you an amazing year ahead here at xPodd. May you thrive and achieve all your goals!
By Wanjiru Muhoro | Writer