Plan on It: Goals will get you going
How often do we stop amidst the chaos to plan past our morning latte? With only 20 percent of Americans feeling "very passionate" about their jobs, getting as specific about our lives as we are about our cup o' joe could make a big difference. Whether you want to direct a film, start a franchise or pay off loans, use this guide to keep your goals within your grasp.
Set 100 life goals: Some will be more important than others, but once you get the hang of it, there's no reason you can't do it all! Focus on all areas of your life: professional, personal, money and relationships.
Put your goals on paper:
Look at them often. You not only form a commitment by writing them down, but you also have a powerful list to reference. Visit futureme.org
to send a copy to yourself as a reminder.
Set specific deadlines: Don't think: "Someday I would like to travel." Think: "In nine months I will be climbing up the stairs of the Eiffel Tower."
Be persistent: Miss a deadline? It happens. Recognize your progress and set a new one.
Tell someone: You don't have to ask them to hold you accountable; just sharing with someone you respect forms a verbal contract you will want to uphold.
Be active: If you are genuinely interested in your goals, then planning, mapping, and researching will fuel your drive.
Make short term goals: They will measure your progress and give you more frequent results.
Be flexible: It's important to remember that timelines and priorities might shift. After all, maybe becoming a best-selling author isn't enough for you... maybe you want to do the movie too.
Reward yourself: Little rewards for small goals, but go bigger when you reach your larger goals.Need serious assistance? Online assessment tests might provide some insight, but keep in mind they can cost over $100 and vary in methodology. A life coach helps you set goals and tracks your progress - most charge between $200 and $500 a month.
In 1984, an unknown and broke stand-up comic wrote himself a motivating $10 million check for "acting services rendered" and dated it for 1995. Eleven years later, Jim Carey was earning $20 million a picture. It may take a decade or two, but the most powerful motivator just may be the one you give yourself.