Goals: The first step to success
As senior year is approaching, I am constantly getting asked, “What do you want to do after graduation?” When asked this, I literally want to run away. Figuring out your future is hard, traveling into the unknown. That is why it is important to have goals. Whether it is goals that are set for school, future career, your health, etc. Being able to aim for a specific milestone leads you to a greater success. Just setting goals and keeping them to yourself can sometimes slow you down as well. Here are some great tips on how to set a goal and achieve it:
Be realistic. If you want to try and lose 10 pounds in a week, well that won’t happen in a healthy way. When choosing your goal, whatever it may be, make sure it is realistic. If you aim small, you will most likely succeed. Once you accomplish one of your goals, even if it is small, it will encourage you to set more!
Write it down. So many people make decisions in their head, although then they forget about them later, or it is easier to forget about them because they are not right in front of you. My secret tip is: keep a journal. Write about your goals, how you are working your way to them or about setbacks that come along the way. It is a great way to keep you accountable. So go get yourself a journal and only use it to write about your future. Kind of like a diary, for adults.
Tell someone about it. One of the hardest things you can do is admit to someone that you failed. So don’t fail, and tell a friend. Then use that friend to help you achieve your goals. If it is a fitness goal, see if they will workout with you. If it is a career goal, have them take development classes with you. Learning from others is a great way to improve.
Be proud. If you achieved your goals, TELL EVERYONE! I know when I hear about other success stories, fitness or career wise, I am even more encouraged to exceed my own expectations for myself. So write about it on Facebook, call your family, do whatever it takes to have others see that you achieved your goals. Give them faith, and then, set another goal and go again!
“Always remember that it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you keep on going”