Setting Goals Like a BOSS
We live in a world where our career choices are as endless and expanding as the number of crime dramas on TV. But for a lot of people who aren’t sure what they want in life (Read: mostpeople), all those choices can be overwhelming. If you can learn the art of goal setting, it will become easier to achieve success and eventually work towards doing something you love. Here are a few tips on how to set goals and follow through.
How can you begin to go on a journey if you don’t know where you want to go? You can’t just do donuts in the parking lot forever, you know. Visualize your goal first. Figure out exactly what youwant. I recommend creating a vision board. Mine is entirely pictures of Taco Bell menu items in a ball pit. Just kidding, I only eat the Crunch Wrap Supreme. Write down your goals, and keep them where you can see them every day.
CHOOSE REALISTIC TIMELINES
If you say “I want to run a marathon next week” and the closest thing to a marathon you’ve done is on Netflix, you might be setting yourself up for failure, which will discourage you from achieving that goal at all. Be realistic so you don’t feel so much pressure, but still set a deadline to get your butt off the couch.
SHARE WITH AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER
Having an accountability partner can be very valuable. Ask someone that you trust to check in with you about your goal on a schedule (every week, every month etc.) to ensure you are making progress. Choose wisely though: they are allowed to harass you if you slack off.
START SMALL, THEN GROW
If you don’t have a lot of experience setting goals and following through, start with small, short term goals first (E.g. eating less Taco Bell, making vision boards for things other than Taco Bell). These little wins will motivate you to make bigger goals. You can have short term goals and long term goals, and you should be updating these as you grow older and your wants and needs change. Remember, they can always change.
SAVE ROOM FOR BIG PICTURE GOALS
Finally, don’t be afraid to set at least one incredibly huge long term goal: bigger than you could ever hope to accomplish. So lofty a goal that Amy Poehler herself might have trouble believing you. I think Ted Turner said it most splendidly: “You should set your goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.” Don’t worry so much about how you will get there. If life is like a road trip, then you can’t expect to see every inch of road before you head out. You just have to trust that if you keep following your directions, you’ll get to your destination.