"Set goals so simple they're laughable." -Unknown
Since I can remember, I was a goal getter. Before ever school-year since the age of 4, I set achievable and measurable goals. I set goals from winning student of the month to applying and getting into my dream University. Back to the topic, I am known as the goal getter and setter in my family and I am held accountable of achieving my goals. My mom is one of my accountability partners and she supports and remind me of the goals that I have achieved and the ones that I will continue to achieve.
I set small, laughable goals such as cleaning my walk-in closet monthly. This goal may seem trivial to some and unachievable to some but I am reminded that I must achieve this goal for the greater good of gaining clarity, de-cluttering my closet and donating items for those who are in need. When I set goals, I also make an action plan/steps to actual achieve the goal at hand.
Goals require action! When you don't put action towards achieving your goals you become a goal sitter. You baby sit your goals by writing them down, you pacify your goals by suppressing your goals and unfortunate you bring death to you goals by being half-hearted, passive and indecisive about whether you are good enough to achieve your goals. I am here to let you know that you are good enough to achieve your goals. Don't bring death to your goals, breath life into your goals and go forth and achieve them!
Four Ways To Be A Successful Goal Setter
Remember, you don't have to wait until the New Year to set goals. Goals are meant to be set and replaced at any given moment. Set simple goals, achieve them and replace them with more goals. Below I'll give three ways to be a goal getter.
Visualize Your Goals: We all are creative and innovative human beings. However, we somehow got away with daydreaming about our dreams. Spend at least ten minutes a day, visualizing yourself living your ideal life. Once you visualize yourself actively living your ideal life, write what you visual yourself doing and feeling.
Write Down Your Goals: Start off with 3 to five goals and write them down in a goal book. A goal book is great to have because that book is dedicated to your goals only. You should look at your goal book daily and measure where you are with achieving your goals. Are you a week, a month or a year from achieving a particular goal. What actions have you took or taking to achieve that goal?
Have An Accountability Partner: You don't have to achieve your goals alone. Do you have a trustworthy, mature, assertive and responsible person in your life that will hold you accountable to achieve your goals? This person must be willing to collaborate with you and directly communicate with you. This person should be your coach and cheerleader wrapped into one and know when to give you a tough love, pep talk when you feel stuck to become unstuck.
Replace A Goal With A Goal: So, you just achieve a goal and crossed it off your list. Yay for you! Your next step is to replace that goal with another achievable and measurable goal. In life, we never arrive to our final destination. We are always a work in progress and that's an amazing thing about life.
Remember, if your goals don't scare you, they aren't big enough. You want to turn your dreams into reality with being a goal getter. Don't sit on your goals because you will be stuck while life is quickly passing you by. Don't be a "woulda, coulda, shoulda" person. You got this!
My question to you is what goal do you want to turn into reality? What action steps have you made to achieve your goals?
Andrea C. Imafidon is the brain child of Brown Girl From Boston a personal development and coaching blog that inspires and empower women of ethnic diversity everywhere to live life to the fullest, purposely and fearlessly. Andrea is a professional life coach with a certification in personal development coaching from The CaPP Institute. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University (TU U Know). Andrea coaches women to go from good to greatness within their personal and professional lives while teaching women to be unapologetically FLY (First Loving Yourself) and Dope!