Be a Goal Digger
Having goals is the key to creating the life YOU want to live, and everyone has different dreams and ideals regarding what they want their life to look like.
Having goals lets you visualize what you want to achieve, and gives you some idea of how to get there. For instance, if you have a fitness related goal, say – you want to have stronger legs, well now you will have an idea of what kinds of activities you will need to do to reach that goal, like doing more squats.
Goals are important because they keep us motivated and moving forward. They give us a purpose for doing something, or completing a certain task. Having goals is a great way to ensure personal growth.
How do you measure them?
Goals are easily measured if they have a number tagged to them, whether that be number of products sold, number of kilometers ran, or the time it took to complete something. Numbers help narrow the goal to a specific target. Without numbers you run the risk of being too general. Saying things like “I want to start a business”, or “I want to become a better runner” are too general to really know when you have reached your goal. You can start a business, but what if it isn’t a successful business? Would you still say you reached your goal? Putting in measurable parameters will help you know when you have actually reached your goal.
You can have goals in every aspect of your life. You aren’t limited to just having one work-related goal, or one-fitness related goal. Maybe you want to be able to run a marathon, but also be able to give a presentation in work without stumbling over your words. Having goals in multiple areas of your life keeps you focused on your personal growth in all aspects of your life.
The #1 Rule
However, there is a #1 rule associated with goals. They require consistency. This, I think, is one of the hardest things for people to do. Being consistent will show results, and this is ultimately up to you and your actions. Sometimes we hear someone start by saying “I could’ve done/become …”, but they didn’t. At the end of the day, they didn’t do whatever they said they could have done. This is the difference between people who reach their goals and those that don’t. And it is the result of consistency.
Motivation – Where to get it
There are plenty of people out there who can act as motivators for our own goals. People who have been doing the task for so long that they now set an example of what it is like to be good at that task.
For example, I see this in people who are very good at yoga. Lots of people would like to be really great at yoga, but it is one thing to say you can be great and one thing to actually go ahead and do it by putting in the time. Having some kind of motivation from social media can help you start down that path.
See my post on sustaining motivation like a boss for more information.
Sometimes goals require sacrifice. This can be seen in health goals, business goals, work goals, etc. When you see someone getting ready for a fitness competition, a marathon or a big presentation at work, you are also seeing sacrifice. Goals take work, and they take time, which means that depending on how you prioritize your life, you may have to give some things up.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Like I mentioned above, there are other people who are farther ahead of you that can act as motivators. But the second you start to compare yourself to them, you’ve lost. Everyone is on their own journey, and there is room for success within each person. Comparing yourself to someone else will take that away.
Having goals will allow you to have more happiness. People that are focused on their own goals in life don’t spend as much time being caught up in the dramas of other people’s lives. When you are focused on working towards bettering yourself, or improving on something you start to realize that the belittling and judgements between people that we see all the time in society are a waste of time. You realize you could be so much more productive, and happy.
So wake up tomorrow and be a goal digger.