Tag: mindset

The Secret to Bringing About a More Fulfilling Life

The Secret to Bringing About a More Fulfilling Life

We all know or have met someone who is the eternal optimist. Someone who is able to see the positive in most situations and when they can’t they don’t allow the situation to get the better of them. These people send off a ‘good vibe’, […]

Understanding Why We Procrastinate

Understanding Why We Procrastinate

Understanding why we procrastinate is important if we want to overcome its seductive temptations. Like binging on Netflix instead of cleaning the house or beginning that important project that seems to be perennially getting put off! We all procrastinate with 20% of us regularly avoiding […]

Big Goals, Small Goals: Make Your Biggest Goal the Most Embarrassing

Big Goals, Small Goals: Make Your Biggest Goal the Most Embarrassing

Dreams without goals are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment” – Denzel Washington

 

I’ve always been a dreamer which is probably why I’ve never felt entirely satisfied with life.  I’ve always wanted more but struggled to figure out how to bring more of what I wanted into my life.  Until relatively recently I was never one to think about what I wanted and write it down – I just continuously daydreamed about it.

That was until I discovered the art of goal setting!

Goals provide us with an idea of the action steps that we need to take in order to make our dreams a reality. They provide direction and a plan for our life’s journey.

Needless to say, I am now an avid goal setter!

Here are some of the advantages that I’ve gained from setting goals along with a few tips on how to approach those big, life-changing goals that you’re probably too scared to contemplate.  I also share why you need to stand tall and be proud that your biggest goal is the most embarrassing!

Goal Setting and Personal Growth

Goals impact who we and who we become.  The biggest benefit we get from a goal comes not from its completion (although this certainly helps in propelling us forward in life) but rather who we become during the process of its completion.  It’s the personal growth that comes from setting and achieving goals that we benefit from the most.  Goal setting and personal growth go hand-in-hand.

When we achieve our goals we gain a sense of achievement and satisfaction.  We gain confidence in our abilities and a sense of pride in our actions. Setting and achieving goals is good for our wellbeing – it makes us happy!

Letting Go of Goals

Sometimes our goals need to be discarded.  Because our lives have taken an alternative path to what we expected or our expectations for the future have changed.  Letting go of goals that are no longer relevant to your dreams and aspirations is just as important as achieving those that are still relevant.

Holding on to them will prevent you from gaining the sense of direction and focus you need in order to keep moving forward in life.  Remember, goal setting is all about moving forward in life.

Big Goals, Small Goals

Like us humans, goals come in many different shapes and sizes.  We have big goals and small goals, easy goals and hard goals. Some goals can be completed in an afternoon while other goals take years to accomplish.

Goal Setting and Moving Forward

Whether they are big goals or small goals, our goals need to serve our bigger dreams and work towards creating the kind of life that we want to be living.  Their purpose is to bring us fulfilment and happiness either in the present or future.

Let’s face it, the process involved in achieving some goals is anything but enjoyable, however, the benefits that come from achieving them are.  Such goals are those bigger, more ambitious delayed gratification goals.

Other goals – for example, the goal to take an hour each week to spend time doing something you enjoy – bring you fulfilment in the moment.  The outcome for both is the same.  They both serve to create the kind of life that you want to be living.

Make Your Biggest Goals the Most Embarrassing

Now, this brings us to those big life-changing goals that I mentioned in the beginning.  These goals are meant to embarrass you, so don’t be ashamed if they do.

The more ambitious the goal, the more embarrassing it will be.  What I mean by embarrassing is that you would be embarrassed to tell people about it because the goal is so far removed from your current reality.

It’s embarrassing because it’s difficult if not impossible to imagine how you will achieve it.

But that’s OK, in fact, it’s great!

You never know exactly how you are going to achieve something that is so grand.  Particularly when it involves so much change from your currently reality.  Furthermore, life hands us setbacks and detours along the way which means that our plans and direction often change.

The most important thing is to hold on to the vision of your biggest goal and take the small, consistent action steps that will bring you closer to achieving it.  Consistency is king here, consistency and imperfect action.

Sometimes we get stuck waiting for the perfect time or circumstances, which NEVER arrive!  So don’t wait.  Sit down and figure out what you can achieve at the moment and begin working on those action steps.  When you take small, consistent action steps as often as you possibly can – daily is ideal – you’ll be surprised by how much you can achieve within a short period of time.

And be proud that you have an embarrassing goal, because the more embarrassing it is, the more ambitious you and your dreams are!

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Quote of the day and food for thought 

Goals are designed to enrich your life, they should make you feel good when you think about them

Imagine if You Could Stop Selling Your Time for Money

Imagine if You Could Stop Selling Your Time for Money

When we are children we are asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ Contained within this question is the implicit assumption that the answer will entail some kind of job.  Or even better a stable and well-paying career! Imagine if we […]

4 Principles for Success Online

So how do you achieve success online?  When starting an online business it’s difficult to know where to start.  Here I am going to discuss 4 principles for success online. If you’re reading this then I’m sure you are already aware of the benefits of […]

Learning to discover what you want in life

Learning to discover what you want in life

Knowing what you really want in life.

It can be a challenging thing to discover.

An elusive abstract idea that is difficult to pinpoint or explain to others.  Or it may be something that you have given up on early in life, having resigned yourself to the idea that for you, it’s impossible.

I came across this clip of Mel Robbins responding to the question ‘what do you suggest I do in order to access what it is that I really want in life?’.

I wanted to share it with you because I believe she raises some important points about knowing and discovering what you really want in life.  I also want to contribute some of my own ideas and experiences in answering this question.

How do you discover what it is that you truly want in life?

In answering the question ‘how do I access what it is that I really want in life?’ Mel points out that it’s not a question of us not knowing what we want in life.  It is rather a case of us having dismissed our dreams and aspirations. By convincing ourselves of one or more of the following:

  1. We can’t have what we truly want out of life because we are either not smart enough. Not good enough. Too old. Or not worthy of what it is that we really want, or;
  2. We have convinced ourselves that we can’t make a living out of doing what it is that we truly desire to be doing with our life

These are self-limiting thoughts and thought patterns are that are bestowed upon us via the influence of other individuals and society at large.

In order to get in touch with what it is that we really want in life Mel instructs us to break down these conceptual barriers.  By imagining what it is that we would be doing with our lives if we didn’t have to worry about earning a living.

Imagine Your Dream Life

Mel asks us to tap into something powerful here. For the imagination is a more potent force than we realise.

In fact, I would go as far as to say that the imagination is one of the most powerful functions of the brain.  For it provides us with the ability to construct a vision for our future and get in touch with what it is that we truly want out of life.

We achieve what we want in life by first creating a vision of it. Then taking the required action to make it a reality.

However, there are some of us who have buried our dreams and aspirations so deep and dismissed them as too fanciful that we are no longer in touch with them.

We have thus forgotten what they are.

Draw Inspiration From Others

If you fall into this category and are finding it difficult to figure out what it is that you really want in life Mel suggests thinking of someone who has the kind of life that you aspire to have.  In this instance, draw your inspiration from others and follow in the footsteps of those who inspire you.

Explore and Take Action in Life

Once you’ve identified what it is that you really want out of life it’s time to explore it!

Mel advises us to research it. Google it.  Find a course on it and talk to others who are doing what it is that you want to be doing in order to discover how they got there.  Begin experiencing, in one way or another, what it is that you want to be doing with your life.

Even if it’s just in your imagination, begin experiencing it in your mind first.  By doing so you are creating a vision of what want in life and getting in touch with how you want your life to be.

The most important step here is to take action.

Keep your vision clear in your mind and take the action steps required to make it a reality.

As Mel said, spend as little as 10 minutes a day taking action towards realising your dreams.  You will be ‘startled by what you achieve in a year or two’.

Still, Haven’t Discovered What it is That You Want in Life?

There will be some of you reading this who are thinking ‘this is great advice but I can honestly say that I really don’t know what it is that I truly want to be doing with my life.  I know it’s not what I am doing now but I’ve never really had this burning desire to do anything in particular’.

All you know is that you aspire for more than what you currently have in life. (And I don’t mean this in a material sense although it may encompass improving your financial situation, however, this alone will not bring you a fulfilling life).

Furthermore, there is no one within your immediate circle of friends and acquaintances who have the kind of life that you truly aspire to have.

I do believe that some people don’t know what it is that they truly want out of life.  In fact, I know this is so because I was one of these people.

Discovering what you want in life

Sometimes it’s a Process of Elimination

In this instance, you have to discover what it is that you truly want out of life and this can only be achieved through life experience.

Try different things. Have as many different life experiences as possible.

Try different jobs. Don’t get stuck in the same job because it provides you with a sense of security.

I say this because, from my experience, you may think that you aspire to do one thing. Then you give it a go and realise that you don’t like it and that for you it’s unfulfilling.

You would never have known this without giving it a go.  Instead, you would have continued to be unfulfilled thinking that you want to be doing something that would not have brought you fulfillment anyway!

For some of us discovering what we want in life entails a process of elimination. This process involves continually trying new things until you discover what it is that you want to be doing with your life.  After all, you don’t know if you like something until you’ve tried it!

 

Discover and Try New Things

Other ways to discover what you truly want from life are volunteering.

Join a social group focused on a particular area of life or topic (MeetUp is great for this!) that you are interested in.

Take a short course and do what Mel suggested, research and Google.

Most importantly have as many different life experiences as possible.  Try different things, meet different people.

Take yourself outside of your comfort zone.  And remember, the answers we seek are always discovered through the actions we take.

Never give up your quest to live your passion and follow your dreams. Even if you have fallen out of touch with what they are, keep searching for that one thing that brings you true fulfillment and happiness in life.

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Quote of the day and food for thought

All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them - Walt Disney

Acknowledgements: image 3 courtesy of Shane Albuquerque from Pexels.com