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Let’s face it. Choosing your goals can be intimidating and lead to over-thinking. You want them to be meaningful and add value to your life.
You might even rebel against the idea and ask yourself, “Why do I need to set goals? I’ve gotten along so far without goals.”
In response, I ask, “Are you doing the things you want to do? Do you have purpose? Are you learning and growing? How do you know?” I challenge that when you determine what you want in life and set your goals, you have direction, a road map to your chosen destination.
For example, if you get into your car and just decide to go somewhere, but you don’t know where, how will you know when you are getting close to “there”? How will you know when you’ve reached your destination? You’re likely just driving around and wasting time and gas. On the other hand, if you get into your car and have a clear destination, you will develop a route to your destination. You will be more efficient and not waste gas.
Today let’s focus on determining your goals. I lean toward a brainstorm approach. As 2019 was approaching, I created a collection within my bullet journal and titled it “Goals and Ideas to Try in 2019”. I asked myself these three questions:
- What do I want to know more about?
- What sounds like fun?
- What have I never done before that I want to try?
I found myself writing down all sorts of things that were new and exciting. I kept my journal open on my desk at work or open on a table at home. Every time I heard about something that answered these questions, I added it to my collection. I didn’t question what I put down. I didn’t talk myself out of anything. I just took my time and wrote a list. The sky’s the limit. I recommend you do this as well.
Once you have a pretty decent list, go back and review the various topics. See what stands out to you. Choose those things that will energize you and add value to your life.
How many goals should you choose? That’s completely up to you. I chose a long-term and a short-term goal. I expect to focus on the long-term goal over a period of years. The short-term goal that I chose will support my long-term goal, and I have worked on it over a period of weeks. Once the short-term goal is met, I will revisit my list and select another goal.
I know that some people like setting goals at the beginning of each new year. Some people like to choose goals all at once that cross over into multiple areas of their lives. I currently have the two goals. If and when I determine I need to add another one, I will do so regardless of the month or time of year.
Many people have monthly, weekly, and daily goals. I also have those and I review and set them at the appropriate intervals. However, I use my bullet journal collection for the goals that need more time to complete.
So there we have it. My simple yet effective approach to determining meaningful goals. Whether you choose to take this approach, I hope that this has given you ample food for thought.
My question of the day: What is your approach to figuring out your goals? Please answer in the comment section.
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