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What do you want from your future? Have you thought about your aims? Your goals? It goes without saying that you cannot plan for every eventuality, but you can begin to work towards something which resonates deeply within you.
Starting down the path to achieve your dreams is well worth the effort; you never know what opportunities may come along to make the journey even more interesting.
When you have a clear understanding of your goals, you can start to plan your future. Planning helps you to concentrate on putting your energy into making things happen, provided your aims are realistic, of course.
Ask yourself these questions to help you determine what your priorities are.
- What fulfills you?
- What are you passionate about?
- What kind of work do you enjoy doing?
- Where do you want to be in 5 years?
- What part of your current job do you love?
- What do you dislike about your job?
- What do you want to accomplish?
- What are your goals regarding your career?
Once you know what you LIKE to do and WANT to do, you then need to ASSESS how to get there. Your goals may require you to take specific action, and that’s okay. Sitting around and just waiting for things to happen is not sufficient. You have to step in and take some responsibility. You must address your desires and do the hard work to bring them to fruition. Are you willing to do what is necessary to achieve your goals?
Motivation can be difficult to muster regardless of what your goals are. While you may have your best interests at heart, the ability to stay focused to reach your goals can be tricky. Perhaps you should source a mentor or a colleague who will assist you to be accountable for your actions? Think about environments which will benefit your inspiration levels so you will have more chance to pursue your goals. Remember, your purpose will motivate you to get up each morning – consider it your built-in alarm clock. It will inspire you to hop out of bed in a positive mood and start ticking off that goal list.
When it comes to goal setting, not just any goal will do. Your goals must be both smart and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely). There is no point wasting your energy on goals which are so far out of your reach they will never come true. They should be grounded in realism to differentiate from those dreams which exist only in your imagination. If you follow the SMART rule, you will, in all likelihood, reduce procrastination as well. Allow your passion and purpose to guide you through the hard times and stay true to your course.
If you struggle with goal setting, need to overcome procrastination or find it challenging to manage your time effectively, consider enrolling in our eCourse, Goal Setting and Getting Things Done. Your future is in your hands and can start today!