I have been told by many sources that goal setting is one of the most important tasks necessary to become successful. It’s imperative you write them out and display them in a place you can see them every day. You must constantly be reminded of what you’re working towards and you have to be able to visualize yourself accomplishing your goals to have them become a reality. Your goals will constantly change, but it’s really important to have something you’re working towards to stay focused and motivated. If you don’t take these necessary steps, you will soon find out you feel you’re spinning circles and you’re not really working towards anything.
There are three types of goals you must write down-immediate, short-term and long-term goals.
Short-term goals are goals you will accomplish on a day-to-day basis. Every morning you wake up you will have your daily goals to look forward to accomplishing. It’s these goals which will move you towards your short and long-term goals. Make sure you don’t skip over these goals because they’re absolutely imperative on your journey towards success.
I want you to think of taking a road trip cross-country. You live in California, and you’re planning to drive to Florida. Let’s say, for example, you decide to take the trip without any plan. You just jump in the car and start driving. You know you have to go east, but are uncertain as to which freeways you need to take to make it the entire distance. Sure you can stop and ask for directions, but what if you’re out in the middle of nowhere and there’s no one around? After driving a few hours you begin to get hungry. You were in such a hurry to get to Florida you forgot to grab your wallet and you didn’t bring any snacks with you. It starts to rain. You run out of gas and are stranded on the side of the road without a change of clothes. You will eventually make it to Florida but it’s going to be a very harsh and long journey.
If you don’t plan out your trip, it may take you ten times as long to arrive at your destination than if you would have taken a little time to plan before embarking on the journey.
Now, let’s say you do just that. You sit down and spend about one whole day planning out your trip. You make a list of all the items you will need. You pack enough clothes and go to the store to buy enough food, snacks, and beverages to last you for ten days. You make sure you have plenty of gas in your car and double-check you have your wallet with you before you leave your house. And lastly, you go on Google Maps to make sure you know exactly how to get to your destination.
It’s amazing how the power of planning and visualization will get you to your destination swiftly and smoothly when done ahead of time.