CAREER: THE MAGIC OF WRITING YOUR GOALS ON PAPER
So, I came across a video today on goals… and it brought to mind a particular memory which inspired this article.
At the start of 2015, the C.E.O of the last company where I worked encouraged us to write our goals for the year. I laughed this off as I figured I had them in my head so there really wasn’t any need to write them on paper.
As that year rolled by, I found I was not making any progress with my career goals. In fact, I was stagnant. Taking a step back, I asked myself, “Really, what are your career goals?” I realized that I had none.
All that I thought was stored in my head were all gone. I had no guide or strategy to work with. I was just all over the place while my head was swarming in so many things. One thing I knew for sure was I wasn’t happy with my job but I had no plan on what I actually wanted to do let alone the next step to take. And then 2015 went by like that.
However, 2016 turned out to be beautifully different for me because I took action. I wrote my dreams and goals at the start of the year and I definitely was able to tick off quite a number of achievements I made that year.
The secret? I took action.
We all have goals, dreams and aspirations but they are all locked up in “someday”…. “Someday, I would be the boss of me”, “Someday, I would open that business”, “Someday, I would brace myself and leave this unfulfilling relationship”, “Someday, I would have that degree”, “Someday, I would be confident”, “Someday, I would make money and leave this life of mediocrity”……and the list goes on and on.
Now the sad fact is “Someday” never comes. Take it from one who knows….until you decide to put your foot down and take a step towards achieving that dream of yours, your goals would always be locked in “someday” in the future.
We are a people of excuses! We allow ourselves to be consumed by fear so much so that we find ourselves lacking and inadequate to get or live that dream life we want. We find it easier to settle than to PUSH!
If asked now, “Are you where you hoped you would be at the start of this year?” What would your answer? While some of us may have experienced some growth, the majority still find themselves on the same page they were at the start of the year.
Why is that? Because the story changed from “someday” to “excuses”.
Now you hear; “Well, I couldn’t take the entrance exam into college because there was no time”, “I have not been able to leave him/her because I am afraid of starting over. I have put too much into this. He/she will change”, “I couldn’t get any capital to start the business. I am still waiting to get something”, “I don’t think I can actually do this…I am not that smart”.
We just keep making excuses…anything to get us away from actually making an effort towards what we really want to achieve. We are super comfy in our comfort zones. We don’t want to BREAK A SWEAT but we want a dream life…how would this work?
Your thoughts are not magical without effort. Thinking it is one thing but doing something to actually achieve it, is a totally different ball game altogether. I tell you, write your goals on paper for by so doing, they are not just thoughts anymore but instead the first step to actually birthing them to reality.
PHOTO CREDIT: The Reluctant Affiliate