Setting goals is a wonderful habit. It can sometimes be difficult to choose too many goals. Here are some ways to help you sort through the stars to determine which ones to work towards.
1. The largest possible picture is what you should be focusing on. For a bit of reflection, journaling and exploration about who you are as an individual and what you value, sit down. Write down your ten most valuable values. Once you’re done, consider what you truly value the most.
Keep it simple, direct, and to the point. One sentence is all you need. You’ll be amazed at the impact of clarity on the big picture on your ability to sort through your goals and locate the ones that really matter.
2. You should think about your budget. Make compromises. Setting goals is a matter of being realistic and mindful of the limitations you have. A nine-to-five job with a salary in the median range is unlikely to allow you to save one million dollars in a year.
You can put aside that goal and save money for the future. Not only is money important, but time and physical limitations also need to be considered. This brings us to our next point.
3. Consider your health. If you have a goal for work, like to make six figures or something similar, and your doctor has also said that you are in serious health trouble, it might be time to stop focusing on money-related goals and instead focus on your overall health.
A thirty-minute walk each morning might be more important than trying to squeeze in a few extra hours of work each week. The former goal may drive you crazy if you choose not to pick it.
4. Pay attention to those around. If others are dependent on your abilities, such as family members or colleagues, it may be necessary to give up some of your personal goals to help them.
For instance, if your children are struggling at school and you want to become a Tae Kwon Do black belt, you might want to let go of your desire to be Jackie Chan. Instead, spend some time helping them with homework.