You’re here because you want to get something done. We all do. Whether we realize it or not, we are setting goals every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s something as simple as watching a movie or becoming an astronaut, both are goals. To be more specific, both are end goals.
But how do we reach them?
Before getting into goal setting, it’s important to understand why it’s important to set goals for yourself.
The Importance of Goal Setting
Setting your goals gives you a clear focus on the end result(s) you’re seeking. It helps you keep your eyes on the prize, move forward at a steady pace with clear direction, and it helps you track your progress.
Without goal setting, there is no plan. Without a plan, you do not know in which direction you’re headed. And if you don’t know where you’re headed, not only will you struggle to keep motivated and actually fulfill your end goal, but you will also most probably prolong the journey unnecessarily. To paint you a picture of what goal setting does, take a look at the below image. Point A is your starting point, and Point B is your goal. Ideally, the road from point A to B is a straight line. You set your target, you come up with a plan, you execute your plan and next thing you know you’re at point B.
But in truth, the path from point A to point B looks more like this:T
This is due to the fact that life tends to throw you curve balls. Sometimes not everything goes as planned, and you’ll have to make some adjustments to your initial plan. The end goal hasn’t changed, only the path leading to it. Set backs are part of the process of growing and learning. Embrace them. Then crush them.
Before getting started on your march towards your goals, you need to know what you’re up against. Get an idea of what the journey ahead looks like, research people who’ve already done what you’re trying to accomplish, read about them, learn about what it took to get there and how these people managed to do it. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, but you can create a better quality wheel with the information left behind from your predecessors.
Watch YouTube videos, read articles and books, listen to audiobooks related to what you’re trying to accomplish. We live in an age where information is readily available and easily accessible. All you have to do is reach out and grab it.
One book that’s been particularly helpful to me is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I highly recommend you give it a read.
Divide And Conquer
No problem appears too big when broken down to smaller, simpler sets of problems. The same goes for goal setting.
No matter what your end goal is, there are prerequisites to being able to accomplish it. What you need to do is figure out what these prerequisites are, and find out how to complete them. And if these prerequisites seem difficult as well, break them down into a newer, simpler set of prerequisites.
Keep repeating that process until you can no longer simplify your tasks.
The map is drawn, it looks good, you’ve got it hanging on the wall where you can see it, and it’s pretty to look at. Now you have a choice to keep it as a decorative item, or to actually follow the path you drew yourself. I sincerely hope you choose the latter.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu.
That’s right, it’s time to take action. It doesn’t matter if your map isn’t perfect, just get started. You’ll figure things out as you go. Remember what we talked about earlier, setbacks are part of the process. Believe in yourself and you will overcome them. Start by taking that first step.
Don’t Give up
No matter how difficult your goal seems, don’t give up. You’re a badass. You get what you want in life. When things get tough I want you to get tougher. When things look bad I want you to fight harder. When you reach a dead end wall I want you to walk through that wall, no need to find the door. You’re a beast, nothing will stand in your way.
Bang your chest, make yourself heard you majestic creature you.