We all struggle with goals: setting, planning, and completing them. It could be because we procrastinate, don’t have time, are lazy, or can’t finish what we started, which are all stereotypical Gen Y reasons. But they’re wrong. The truth is… it’s hard! Setting goals can be a daunting task that carries with it a burden of responsibilities and hard work that we just don’t want to do. We all know we should do it because:
Without goals, we will become a product of other people’s choices and unforeseen circumstances, not our own making.
So here are the 7 tips on how to achieve your goals.
- It’s All About You
Don’t just take orders. Think about how your goals affect your personal and professional growth and leverage it. If the goal is work related, talk to your employer. Set clear expectations of what kind of work you enjoy doing and what you expect of each other. If the goal is personal or school-related, recognize your strong and weak points, and find what areas to focus on. For example, if you’re amazing at setting and planning goals but then never actually acting on them, work on motivating yourself to complete those goals. Know yourself and be your own boss when it comes to setting goals.
- Get Pumped!
Set goals that make you excited. And if they don’t, re-phrase them so that they do. Instead of “Answer e-mails”, how about “Talk to people online”. Change “Clean my room” to “OBLITERATE THE DUST BUNNIES”. Not “Save money just in case”, but “Collect gold coins in case of pirate attack”! Treat the goal as a secret mission, a duty to protect the weak, a job only you can complete, or simply make it fun for you.
- Stop Loafting
Start now what you will wish later on you had done earlier. Confused? Here is an example: if I didn’t start my personal blog in 2013, I may not have gotten the opportunity to write these articles for Raeallan. Back then I wasn’t thinking about internships or writing for others, I had a goal and I mustered up the courage to act on it. Realize that while you’re wasting time, other people are Hustling for a Life. (http://raeallan.com/2014/02/18/how-to-hustle-for-a-life-vs-just-hustle-for-life/)
- Make it Matter
Gen Y is known for wanting to be recognized and treated as special. We want to feel that our work is making a real-world impact and that the goal matters. Let’s use that need for recognition to motivate ourselves. Set goals that are important to you or something/someone you care about. And while you’re working hard to achieve your goal, keep in mind why you’re doing it.
- Eat Your Timbits
View the goal not as a huge cake that you cannot possibly eat by yourself, but as a box of timbits. Totally manageable one at a time, and you can even share some with your friends if you want (and you may find they want it too!). In other words, break your goal down into small steps that don’t overwhelm you and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Accomplishing a goal is a process, not a cram session.
- Put a Ring on It
After you’ve set and planned your goal, make it tangible and then commit to it. Write it down, get supplies if you need them, put something on your desk that reminds you of it, stick a bright-coloured post-it on your computer. Taking that first step will help you keep working on achieving your goal and physically reaffirm your commitment to it.
- Step Up
Don’t sell yourself short. If you complete most of your goals and get bored after doing your work, it means you’re not challenging yourself enough. Step up your game and make that game count. Make your dreams grander, set your goals higher, and take leaps instead of steps. You can do more and be more and you know it.
We understand that setting goals and completing them is hard. But the bottom line is that it’s a necessary part of your leadership growth. This doesn’t have to be boring because it’s YOUR goal, which means you have complete control over it. Hopefully after you’ve read this article, you’ll be setting short and long –term goals left and right. But if you do get stuck, feel free to come to us for help.
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written by Katrina Van