Without goals, nothing much gets accomplished in life. The problem often arises when people don’t realize the difference between a goal and a dream. A dream is something you would like to do, but you have no idea where to start. A goal includes a plan to get there. Here are a few ways to insure your goal doesn’t get left behind and become a dream:
Smart goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. This requires you to make a plan and state exactly what you want to achieve. If you base your plan on previous data, you have a better chance of creating an attainable goal and making steady progress towards its completion.
Ask for Help
I have seen way too many people who feel they have to do everything themselves if they are working toward a goal. Unfortunately, I have also seen many of them fail. Nobody is immune from needing help. The help you need may be direct, like being taught a new skill, or indirect, like hiring a call center to free up your time. You will be surprised at the relief you feel when you ask for help.
Too often you get so caught up in the excitement of aiming for a new goal that you become disappointed when progress doesn’t happen quickly. Pacing yourself and taking things one step at a time will get you to your goal quicker than trying to rush things. When you push, you tend to become overwhelmed and start skipping important steps along the way. Remember, baby steps keep you more balanced than giant ones.
You can believe that someone is going to step forward and hand you a million dollars, but I can almost guarantee that isn’t going to happen. That is unrealistic. On the other and, if you have taken the time to set down a plan and work toward it steadily, your belief in eventual success is realistic. Believe completely in your ability to be successful, but base that belief on the fact you have put in place a path that will help you reach your destination.
Dreams are nice to have. They are often what keep us going through difficult times. Goals, however, are what help us move forward past those hard times. Make a plan, as for help, be patient and believe.