There is no doubt that asking yourself “What do i really want?” will get you thinking. It will even to some extent get you thinking about what you need to do to get what you really want. However at the end of the day you still need to put some thought into how you are going to get what you really want. Unfortunately it is not just going to suddenly appear for you one day.
There are a few principles which you can apply once you know what it is that you really want to work towards achieving it. Not necasarily in order these are setting goals, creating a plan, breaking it down to achievable chunks, and then literally getting started. While i will give you a little information here on each of these steps it is really something that i want to look to expand much more on over the next few weeks.
Some people discount the real value of setting goals. Some say if you set goals you are not aiming for what you really should be, others just say it is not a good idea. I disagree with them all. I believe that setting goals is a key part of achieveing what you really want. It is what gives you something to work towards, to look forward to achieveing, and really gives you at least one point in the future that you know you are working towards.
In saying this though these goals need to be be solid, strong goals that do actually have a define achievable outcome. A good example of this is setting a money goal, such as “I want to earn more money” Well great if you earn $45,000 per year now, and say i want to earn more money and next year you earn $45,100 great you have achieved the goal. But you are saying that is not what i meant, well in terms to the goal as you defined it that is exactly what you are saying.
For goals you need to define a specific goal with an achievable outcome and a set time frame, but most importantly, it needs to be realistic to you.
CREATE A PLAN
Ok so you have set a goal, just because you set that goal though does not mean that you will get exactly that exactly when you say it will happen. You need to create a plan that will lead you towards achieving this goal. It may be setting a number of milestones, that you can see happening easier then the whole. Or maybe you have an idea that you want to put in place to make it happen. The important thing is that you do not need to know how, but as you think about the goal, you need to formulate a plan of how.
BREAK IT DOWN TO CHUNKS
It may be well and good to set a goal that is big and far off, it may be even better to have a plan of exactly how you are going to achieve it. However there is a good chance that you will not achieve it if you do not have smaller goals or milestones along the way that will encourage you to keep moving. These chunks may be financial, or time based or maybe even, some physical milestone, like this stage of development achieved or X number of units produced.
The best way to do this is to try and step it up, so maybe again with the financial goal, you may want to earn an extra $10,000 in the next 12 months. If you look at the number of $10,000 it may seem like a big step, however if you start with making an extra $400 a month and increase this by an extra $100 a month each month at the end of the year you have actually exceeded your goal and earned an extra $11,400, just by starting small and building up. In actual fact you are starting by trying to earn less then an extra $100 per week, and trying to grow it by just an extra $25 per week.
GET STARTED NOW
There is nothing like moving forward and getting what you really want by setting a goal, chunking it down and getting started on it right now. There is nothing like some action to help you get motivated towards a goal.