Happy new year guys, it’s the first post of the year and I am excited as much. 2016 has come and gone, gone with all its highlights, lowlights, good times and bad times. Now it doesn’t matter if you achieved all your goals for the year 2016 or not, all that matters really is that you set them in the first place and constantly made efforts to achieve them.
I know for some of us myself inclusive, have carried-over majority of our goals from 2016 into 2017 and are hoping to accomplish them together with new ones which we have added this year. Hmmm well, I think you should have a rethink just like I am currently doing. Think deeply as to why you weren’t able to achieve those goals in the first place. Most of us have very big dreams that we become so overwhelmed by these dreams and hence we set VERY unrealistic goals. Note, emphasis on the word ‘VERY’ I am sure you are thinking ‘why is that?’ But you know what I am talking about really.
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” ~ Pablo Picasso
Nobody is a superman and you obviously don’t have more than 24 hours a day (now, that’s for those of you who are workaholics like myself and think you can always do a lot of things daily). Your to-do lists is as long as the Eiffel tower, your daily planner is so choked up that you can’t afford to include time to have lunch or to call your loved ones (I am soo guilty of that), you overwork yourself on so many things that you often forget to balance your activities hence, you always end up forgetting to do a whole lot of other stuff that really matter at the end of the day. 2017 has to be different! Spread your activities better; don’t load your day with so many activities so that you can be able to keep track of your progress by setting to do very few important things daily. Really, it’s very simple!
If you raise your standards but don’t really believe you can meet them, you’ve already sabotaged yourself. You won’t even try; you’ll be lacking the sense of certainty that allows you to tap the deepest capacity that’s within you… Our beliefs are like unquestioned commands, telling us how things are, what’s possible and impossible and what we can and can not do. They shape every action, every thought and every feeling that we experience. As a result, changing our belief systems is central to making any real and lasting change in our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins
Towards the end of last year, I was very fortunate to meet a young aspiring entrepreneur who is in his finals in the University, and he talked me about how important it was that we group our to-do list according to their level of importance or urgency. For example, you could use the Alphabets A, B and C. With A representing ‘must do’ and B representing ‘should be able to do’ and C representing ‘if possible then, do”. This wasn’t his exact illustration and of course, he got the idea from a book he had read some time ago, we talked so much and so long that I forgot to ask him the name of the book even though I got an e-book from him titled ‘The Slight Edge’ (which I am yet to begin reading) but I am not sure if the to-do list thingy is mentioned in the book. Well, that’s for me to find out!
“Intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you.” ~ Andy Andrews
Also, he mentioned that it is equally important, that is to arrange each category in the order in which you actually would want them done. For example, if you had 10 things to do in a day, after you must have grouped them using the A, B, C grouping system, then you can go a bit further by subgrouping them in an order of importance like this; A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, C1, C2, ……., C5. I sincerely hope you understand the illustration because personally, I think it’s pretty straight forward. You could try that for yourself so that you can be able to evaluate properly your results at the end of each day.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~ Jim Rohn
Also, there is another set of unrealistic goal-setters lol (pardon me if that word is wrong). The ones that cannot actually work for a very long time but yet set goals that require them to put in a million load of efforts. Don’t get me wrong, they are not lazy people in fact far from it, it’s just that people are really different from one another when it comes to work. The most important thing is to identify one’s self and what works perfectly for you. I remember back then in school there were different kinds of students. There were students that went to the library daily just to be able to top their class to obtain straight A’s whilst there were students who never for once stepped into the library and played hard that most students and both categories still made straight A’s. Also, there were students who went to the library every day and yet still failed and student who played hard than most students and failed also.
That’s one of the mysteries of life that usually provokes more arguments than answers. But before I completely digress, the guys who set unrealistic targets but yet can’t put in the work to actually actualize them in the time frame they set, usually have the ability to achieve them over a longer period of time. That is, if they spread the time frame then it would mean they only need to do fewer things daily and that they can actually relate to. Most people are always under the illusion that if you are going to make money it is better you make it fast whereas, not everybody can have the same speed. The fact that your best friend got married last Saturday should not mean that you have to get married next month. The thing is, everyone is different and it is important that you know and identify yourself and what works for you and not set goals and targets based on others.
“It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of the one you don’t.” ~ Stephen Kellogg
With all that has been said, what really matters at the end of the day is that you set goals and when I say goals I mean realistic ones, you have a to-do list, you have a daily planner that helps you achieve those goals and you stay focused throughout the year 2017. It is going to be a year where we achieve the results we have all been looking to achieve (now that was me prophesying into your life….did I hear you say amen?)
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” ~ Zig Ziglar
It is my wish that you prosper in all your endeavours this year! Cheers!