Whether it’s a New Year’s Resolution or a list of achievements that they want to accomplish by a certain birthday, lots of people set goals to help them organize their lives and focus on their goals. If you’ve been struggling to get where you want to be in life, you may be wondering what you’re doing wrong, especially if you’re struggling with follow-through when it comes to finishing what you set out to do. Setting specific goals will give you clear benchmarks to work toward which will help with accountability and motivation.
Setting concrete, achievable goals will help you focus your efforts on your task, leading to greater success and happiness. The best part? Compass Club and use of your monthly Compass Book can help you get there!
1. Goals Guide Your Behavior
We all have things that we want to achieve but sometimes we have trouble getting there. Sitting down and setting goals helps you to form a clear vision of what you want which lets you then figure out the right actions to take so you get started on the right foot. Your Compass Book is a great place to write down the goals you want to achieve, especially as you’ll be surrounded by uplifting stories to help you get motivated and get working. This will all give you a greater sense of focus and drive without causing any stress.
2. A Clear Path to Results
Once you set your goals, you can hold yourself accountable for your actions. Coming up with concrete goals instead of abstract desires will help you get results; for example, instead of setting a goal to get “in shape” maybe you can set a goal to participate in a 5k? If you write the date of your race down in your Compass Book, you’ll be able to hold yourself accountable and know that you objectively succeeded.
Instead of saying you “want to eat healthier,” commit to kicking at home using healthy ingredients a certain amount of days a week. Once you achieve these goals you can continue to expand upon them: maybe you run a 10k or a half marathon the next time? Once you see how setting goals helps you focus, you’ll be likely to set more and more so you can see what you can achieve!
3. Specificity Helps You Make A Plan
Once you set a goal you can make a plan to achieve it. One of the best ways to do this is to establish a timeline and break it down into steps. If your goal is to write a novel, you can break this goal down into smaller goals, such as wanting to have a finished draft by a certain point or committing to writing a certain amount of words per week.
Once you see yourself accomplishing these mini-goals, you’ll gain confidence, momentum, and focus! You’ll also be able to look back into your calendar and see where you started and journal your way through any bumps in the road. Then it will be time to set the next goal that will help you continue to succeed!