If you have no goals, you’re probably not feeling happy or fulfilled.
You may be thinking okay Addison that’s a brash statement to make. But hold on one second, here’s my logic.
Every single person on this planet needs something to look forward to. When humans have something to look forward to we are genuinely more happy and more productive.
Something you’re looking forward to could be an upcoming beach vacation or a wedding or your parents visiting. These are all events that have been scheduled and planned that you look forward to happening.
A goal on the other hand is something you’re looking forward to and you have to work at it to accomplish it. An article in Mind Tools says that “setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation”.
“People who could identify a goal they were pursuing were 19% more likely to feel satisfied with their lives & 26% more likely to feel positive about themselves.”
When you feel in control, your stress levels decrease. Writing down goals lend feelings of control because they give your life direction; a purpose. When you’re working towards something that’s Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely, you’re turning a hope into a reality.
Happiness and joy is present in our lives when we feel satisfied and fulfilled. When people feel motivated and productive, happiness is present because of the satisfaction and fulfillment in our lives. Setting goals, writing them down, and one day accomplishing them is a step in a positive direction.
When a timeline is tied to a specific goal, it’s more likely to be accomplished. However, a timeline could be a lifetime. The deadline doesn’t need to be today or the end of next month or in 4 years. If you want to write a book in your lifetime, then your lifetime is your goal deadline. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, there’s enough of that in the world already.
Remind yourself that a goal is NOT a to-do list.
Think about what excites you. What do you want to learn more about? What do you want to get better at? What do you love? Finding out what excites you, your passions, could be easier than you may think.
Start by asking yourself these two simple questions:
- What subject could I read 300 books about and not get bored?
- What could I do forever without getting paid?
Now write your thoughts down and turn those into goals. Post them somewhere you go everyday like your closet or your bathroom mirror or on your desk.
Below I’ve listed a few goals I’m working on right now and how I’ve outlined them. Also– I don’t even have a goal to sign up for a 10k, I’m just training for a new challenge!