With the new year in full swing, your personal goals are likely at the forefront of your mind.
They’ve been dreams for long enough and now you’re ready to make them a reality.
As the New Year’s confetti fell down around you, it was easy to feel the courage to accomplish any challenge. Now that everything is settling in, you might be wondering how to make it all happen. After all, making dreams a reality is no small task. You might be surprised to learn that reaching your goals is more about possessing strong decision-making skills than actually keeping your nose to the grindstone.
Here’s what I mean.
1. Identify Your Goal by Evaluating Your Values
The first. and possibly the most difficult, decision to make is to identify your goal – short term or long term.
If you’re like most people, you might only be able to spout off a random goal. For instance, having a goal to make more money is great, but it’s not very measurable. Do you want $500 more per week or per month? You see how vast the spectrum is.
A better goal (and more measurable) would be to make $500 per month constantly for 12 months.
So, how do you go about setting such a specific goal?
The best approach to identifying your goals is to take a long, hard look at what it is you value.
In this case, maybe you value your genuine family connection and want to take your family on one last vacation before the kids start heading off to college.
Or, maybe you value independence and freedom and want to get some debt off your books.
Understanding yourself and what you value is one of the strongest decision-making skills you can possess. This skill will help you to reach your goals by making them tangible.
2. Balancing Logistics and Time
Another strong decision making skill revolves around time.
We all know the world moves and sways by the tick of the clock. Unsurprisingly, most people get stuck in a routine of just moving along with time. Life goals get pushed to the back burner and replaced with a rushed and mundane daily routine.
To reach your goals, it’s important to give them a time frame. A deadline, if you will.
The tricky part about this is that it involves logistics. It’s not as simple as writing a date on the calendar.
Setting a date to accomplish your goals means that you have to break them down into small steps and sustainable habits. This act alone requires some pretty intense decision-making skills.
To make an additional $500 per month will require you to find another job or a side hustle. It might change from month to month, so you’ll need to factor in possible new game plans.
When you can successfully organize both logistics and your time, you can consider yourself well on your way to accomplishing your goals.
3. Gather Feedback from Intuition and Sound Reasoning
Along the way, setbacks are going to happen. Such is life.
You will be given the choice to either adjust your strategy for that particular goal or abandon it altogether and set a new one.
With each step, you can collect feedback on how you’re doing. This feedback not only originates internally but externally, as well. In short, you will listen to your gut feeling and look at the facts.
You’ve likely heard the “go with your gut” advice. It’s not bad advice, but it does need a force to balance it. Your gut feeling or intuition is simply the thought patterns, perceptions, and emotional intelligence you’ve gathered throughout your life. It’s woven into the fabric of who you are.
The reason that it isn’t 100% accurate is that it’s based on history rather than the here and now.
By accepting both the facts and your gut feeling, you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your goals. This is the epitome of very strong decision-making skills.
If you’re ready to reach your goals and would like support in doing so, please reach out to me. I’d be happy to strategize a plan to accomplish anything you’ve set out to do.