In all the Peanuts cartoons, one of Charlie Brown’s goals was to kick the football. Lucy would slyly present him the opportunity and Charlie Brown would run full charge at it. Right before he would get his moment in the sun, Lucy would snatch the ball away, and he would land on his back. Lucy always thought it was a fun trick to play on him. Not so much fun for Charlie Brown who never fulfilled his goal of kicking the football.
When you look at your own life, it can seem like your goals get snatched away by some Lucy character. Just like Charlie Brown, you feel defeated and sometimes even embarrassed. Lossing site of your goals, or not having any goals, creates a tired and unfulfilled life. With a little effort and determination, you can achieve your goals.
Determine your goals in life
A trend that society sees in millennials is that they show no desire to meet a goal in life. How unfulfilling! Perhaps it is because the first action to take in life is to figure out what you want out of life! It’s one thing to have an idea of what you want to accomplish, it is a whole nother thing to sit down and map out how to achieve that goal. Ask yourself what it is that you are passionate about. Make it specific too. Don’t say, “I want to make a million dollars.” Say why you want to make a million dollars. Give that goal a deadline, and be realistic about it. Ask yourself these questions to help you figure out your goals:
- Where am I trying to get to?
- What gets me excited and lights me up?
- What do I want more in my life? Less in my life?
- Where do I want to be in 5 years?
Manage your time wisely
This is probably one of the toughest things to do for most people. Life is a juggling act with work, kids, and personal time. It almost seems impossible to add one more thing to do each day so you can meet your goals. It is possible so as long as you make an effort. Figure out a system that works for you. Try creating a calendar with milestones to meet so by the year’s end, you have made it to your goal.
Stay mentally and physically healthy
Whenever you are feeling stressed, angry, frustrated, or sad most of the time it is has something to do with being unhealthy. You don’t have to become a 5-star athlete to avoid those feelings. Simply going for a nice walk outside to get some fresh air is a great way to cleanse the body and mind. You get out into nature and see how beautiful life is which is incredibly motivating. You’ll be more likely to meet your goals when you eat healthy, exercise, and find time for peace and quiet.
Put family & friends first
Keep those you love close to you and save time to spend with them. If your goal is stressing you out, it is good to know that you can spend time with someone who supports you 100%. Plus, spending time with those you love gives you a break to let loose and have fun!
You can meet your goals in a timely manner if you keep these ideas in the back of your head. No worries if you miss a deadline. Think about why that happened, change it, and move one.