Every so often it can be challenging to find motivation. You simply loose track, you don’t know where you want to go, what you want to do with your life etcetera. During those times it can be necessary to sit down, grab a cup of tea and start planning ahead. Whether it’s finding motivation to live a healthier life or if it’s about finding your dream job there are certain guidelines to follow that might help getting you one step closer to your dream life and goals. I’m not saying I’m a life coach or anything. It’s just that I’m at this point where I spend a lot of time reflecting on my own goals and where I would like to be in the future.
- Set goals. Start setting goals – What would you like to achieve in life? What’s your passion? What drives you? In what areas would you like to improve? When setting a goal your focus shouldn’t be on the destination alone, but on the actual journey. How would you like to spend your time? How does the perfect day look like? A goal should be both realistic and achievable. With that being said you should dare to dream big (within your own area of expertise).
- Plan & Action. When your goals are set, write them down. A goal should be specific. The clearer, the better. (For example: I want to be able to run a marathon in 3 hours 45 minutes. I’m going to finish my novel in 12 months.) Reaching a goal is a step-by-step process, where short-term goals should be included. Start with writing down your weekly goals and monthly goals, introducing a check-list in your daily life. Focus on the daily process and stick to your plan (the journey towards your goal) rather than worrying about the finished product (goal). Every action and every decision you make can either bring you one step closer to your goal or drag you further away from reaching it. In order to make it easier to reach a goal you should break it down to smaller goals (monthly goals for example).
- Reflect. Every month go back and review what you have accomplished so far. Are you on the right track? Do you need to make some adjustments to your plan? Maybe you need to take a mental break, change environment and travel somewhere. Find new perspectives. Have you reached your short-term goals? Good. Celebrate the small victories and motivate yourself to move forward. Have you experienced setbacks? Don’t be too hard on yourself. Move on and remember why you started in the first place. Ask yourself: Is this my passion? Is this my way of life, or do I live someone elses life? Follow your own dreams and strive to become the best version of yourself.
- Accomplishment. The time has come. You’ve reached your goal. Congratulate yourself. Be proud. Pursuing a goal doesn’t mean the journey ends here; life is full of beautiful challenges, opportunities and dreams to catch.