A high school student is taught to achieve their goals whether it is to get into the university of their dreams, set a new track record for their cross country team, make the cheerleading team, or get that internship that everyone applied to for the summer after senior year.
Regardless of what our goals are, we are all taught to accomplish. However, life gets in the way sometimes and we have to put our goals on the backburner. You have probably said to yourself that you are too busy and will get to them later, but now is the time to accomplish them. Haven’t you always wanted to achieve them? I mean after all they are your goals. Start now and soon enough you will be making strides by knocking out your goals one by one and soon the list will be done.
Here is a quote from Henry David Thoreau about achieving your goals:
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”.
This quote really made sense to me because it really is not about getting the promotion at work and making a little more money (well to some extent it is), but it’s about putting in the hard work and getting rewarded. Goals are usually not easily attainable; therefore, you are setting yourself up for something that does not come easy. Thus, when you start working toward your goal you are showing how committed and hardworking you are just to achieve it. It’s really about the effort that you are putting in rather than the result and this does not go unnoticed by others.
With that being said, here are some ways that can help you begin to tackle some of these goals head on:
- – Learn From Setbacks. This does not mean you failed at your first attempt to accomplish your goal, it simply means that you either took longer than expected to reach your goal or maybe you didn’t get the exact goal, but something fairly similar. Whatever happens, just use it as a learning experience.
- – Achieve Goals With Others. Chances are you are your friends or coworkers have at least one similar goal in life. Try working toward that goal together. Having someone there to help bounce ideas off of each other or brainstorm will help increase productivity and maybe even success in achieving your goal.
- – Categorize Your Goal. Is your goal short-term or long-term or in the middle? Put your goals in groups and start breaking them down, especially the long-term goals. If you do them in stages you can celebrate a small victory as you work your way through it to keep you motivated.
- – Create Deadlines. By having deadlines you will be more inclined to have a specific goal achieved by that set time. Make sure they are realistic and give yourself enough time with everything else you have going on.
START MAKING A LIST OF GOALS THAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE. A LONG WITH THESE GOALS, START CREATING DEADLINES. COMMIT TO 3 ACTION-STEPS A DAY IN SERVICE TO TRANSFORMING INTENTIONS INTO RESULTS. USE THIS PROCESS TO TACKLE ASPIRATIONS AND MANIFEST DESIRED OUTCOMES.
Every so often I’ve found it’s helpful to go back to basics revisiting the simple steps that create more joy, peace, contentment and fun by adapting the perspective of what Buddhist tradition calls the beginner’s mind. You know, the Happiness 101 stuff that we lose sight of when caught up in living life at the speed of light headed towards a destination of some goal or another. This week’s blog post is one in a series of twelve hows of happiness reminding us of several scientifically proven ways we can increase our H-Factor each and every day. Go forth and create some happiness today…
With Gratitude and in happiness,
Lisa Cypers Kamen