“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass any way.”
– Earl Nightingale
Have you ever set a goal for yourself and then sat back to think, this is impossible or too much? Is it possible that you sabotage yourself before you even get started?
A lot of times people set a goal and then become anxious or paralyzed by the steps it takes to reach the goal. Unfortunately you can’t wish the goal into existence, you have to do the work to make it happen. This can often times feel like you are staring up at the top of a very big mountain with a heavy backpack on. The quickest, easiest thing to do is drop the pack and walk away. However, you are left feeling defeated and self-critical.
As the quote states, the time will pass anyways, so consider how you want to fill this time. Would you rather use that time to make steps towards your goal or would you prefer to fill in other ways that are not goal-directed?
When you set a goal for yourself take some points into consideration:
Is it a realistic goal? The goal needs to be within your reach. It is unrealistic you will feel defeated every time.
- Is it an obtainable goal? Is this a type of goal you can actually obtain? Or is it a goal you wish you could obtain?
- What are the barriers to reaching this goal? Try to plan ahead for these if you can, it will enhance your road to success.
- What are small steps you can take to reach your goal? Break it down, take it little by little so it doesn’t feel like a mountain.
- Can you be okay if you don’t meet your goal within a certain time frame? Time frames are limiting- if you don’t need one then let it go. If you do not meet your expectation your will feel disappointed and discouraged.
Goals are attainable, start small and then go big. Give yourself a chance for success. Then maybe next time you will see that you can reach the top of that mountain!