How to Achieve your Goal and be Happy – Part 2
So, in the previous blog post on “How to Achieve your Goals and be Happier – Part 1” we’ve investigated the importance of having goals in life. It’s an important ingredient of happiness. Furthermore, if you have followed the steps, you now have in front of you a goal to achieve and be happy.
Therefore, what will be the next steps?
- Get started today!
- Have a vision board
- Be flexible
- Visualization exercise
- Reward yourself
- Extra tips
The plans of the diligent surely lead to success. – Proverbs 21:5
Having nice goals is good, but without a plan and action, they will only remain a nice dream!
Follow the next steps:
1. Write down the goal you’ve picked.
2. Set a reasonable deadline and mark it on your calendar.
3. List the steps in-between and plan them.
4. Think of possible obstacles and how to overcome them.
5. Write down the date and sign it as a promise to yourself to do your best.
- Finding a job or creating a business with more time freedom.
- Between now and six months.
- Steps in-between:
- Look for ideas around what kind of work you want to do.
- Decide to work for someone else or be your own boss.
- Look daily (e.g. 30 min.) for job offers or business opportunities (online, newspapers…).
- Further, tell as many people as possible what you’re looking for, and ask for ideas.
- In addition, register in employment offices that will help you find a job.
4. Overcome obstacles:
Feeling incompetent or not having enough skills for the job or business you want.
How to overcome:
Follow an extra (online) course or education.
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Get started today!
Having an exciting goal is easy, but it’s as easy to forget about it. Keep your focus and take a small step each day!
What’s the first step you can do today to start your journey to your goal? Even if you haven’t figured out all the details yet, start anyway. Things will get clearer as you start walking. Not taking action instead, can paralyze you. It won’t inspire and works demotivating.
Don’t wait for the perfect moment either. It may probably never come! It’s as the saying goes: “The one who watches the wind will not sow seed, and the one who looks at the clouds will not reap.” (Ecc. 11:4) So start today to reach your goals and be happier.
Have a vision board
Remind yourself every day about the goal you have. How? A vision board would be an excellent idea! Fill it with pictures and phrases that represent your goal and remind you of what you want. It could be anything. As long as it helps you to keep your focus and motivation. Be resourceful.
Don’t forget to put the reasons WHY you want this. That could be THE HIGHER GOAL BEHIND YOUR GOAL. In other words, WHY this goal is so important to you. For instance, looking for another job is often motivated by a deeper desire or need.
A higher goal could be wanting to spend more time with your children. Or maybe you want to increase your time-freedom to do more of the things that make you happy. Having more opportunity to help other people and be more fulfilled could also be your drive.
Whatever your higher goal is, look for pictures and search on the internet for ideas. For instance, you could put a photograph of you and your family being happy together. Or look for some pictures of volunteers helping other people when that’s your goal. Without a doubt include those on your vision board. Your vision board has to be attractive, motivating and inspiring for YOU.
Condition your brain
Hang your vision board somewhere strategic. Each time you’ll look at it, it will condition your brain. As funny as it sounds, I have one in my toilet room. Because that’s a place I visit a few times a day where I’m not distracted by other things. LOL!
Don’t put your vision board somewhere with too many distractions. In the beginning you’ll notice it, but after a while it becomes like a blind spot. So put or hang it there where you have little other stuff. Let it be an eye-catcher.
Sometimes your plans can be thwarted. Time and unexpected events overtake us all from time to time. Certainly don’t let this discourage you. We all have to deal with it. Rather, I would even say: EXPECT IT! When you’re more or less prepared it won’t overwhelm you so much.
Also, along the way, you might want to change your steps. For example, some things can be a bit vague at the beginning and will take more form as you approach. However, that’s not a problem.
You might even want to change your course. When achieving a goal comes closer it becomes much more realistic. This can lead you therefore to a new insight. In that case, just adapt your course.
But don’t criticize yourself too easily when you didn’t accomplish yet what you’ve planned. Maybe you need to readjust your plan or pace. For example, you could need more time or an extra step in between. Hence, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed.
Learning to play an instrument takes time. Likewise, learning to achieve goals is like learning a new skill. Don’t see time as an enemy. Rather, you’ll learn along the way. Certainly keep going!
Finally, this exercise will give you a boost! Do you remember that as a child you had a lot of fantasy and imagination? Children use it naturally. As an adult, we often forget we still have that gift. We do daydream though. But that’s letting yourself drift away without a specific goal.
To clarify, what I mean is actively using your imagination to condition your mind for a certain goal. It will certainly stimulate you to work goal oriented and keep your focus. It’s a great tool that will help you achieve your goal as a result, and contribute to being happier.
But how can you do this? These are the steps:
1. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths.
2. See your future self having reached your goal.
3. How do you feel? Fulfilled? Delighted? Enjoy it! Take your time…
4. See and hear the people involved. What environment are you in? See the colors. Smell the scents. Make it radiate happiness!
5. Can you touch what you see or take it in your hands?
6. Now, go only one step back in your mind. What was the last thing to accomplish? Visualize it. What do you see and feel?
7. Go back all the steps until you’re back in the present moment.
8. Play this little movie again, but this time from beginning to end. Absorb the images and sensations as you are in the center.
9. Let the sensations of achieving your end goal sink in deeply and take a deep breath.
10. Repeat the exercise regularly.
NOW GET STARTED!
Each time you’ve completed an in-between step, check them off on your list. ✅ It’s another accomplishment.
But don’t forget to reward yourself for accomplishing that step. That is to say, treat yourself to something small or big according to the efforts you had to make. For instance, it could be something as simple as having a cup of coffee with a friend and sharing your joy.
In conclusion, by celebrating even your small victories you’ll reinforce your motivation to achieve that goal and be happy.
▫️ It will be a big help when you talk to people who’ve already reached a similar goal as yours. They can give you tips and tools you didn’t think of. It will inspire you to also achieve your goal and be happy.
▫️Let your friends and family know about your goal. Why? Because they can encourage, support and help you. In other words, you don’t necessarily have to do this all on your own!
Do you feel motivated and inspired to set goals again even more? Then let these tips help you to achieve your goal and be happy!