Knowing where you are going can be an immensely freeing thing. While you should always leave room for some spontaneity and sometimes we just need to let life take us where it leads us. There are times where a plan is good. We all have dreams and it’s never a bad thing to do our best to get to them. The empowering thing about goals is that from them we can determine what actions we need to take to get to them. We can change our behavior now to get to the goal later. It doesn’t mean that we drop everything, it doesn’t mean these goals can’t change or be replaced, but we only have so much time on this earth and its good to make it count.
How do you figure out your very top level, most important things to you?
If you were at the end of your life looking back, what would you want to have achieved?
What would make you a better person?
Write them down with some space between them. These should only be about 10 things or less, like fall in love, learn to fly or spend time with those I care about. You get the idea. You don’t need to have a full list or even a list at all, as long as you have given yourself some quality time to really consider these things. We don’t have all the answers. Baz Luhrman once said:
Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.
Now that you have your list, in that extra space that you left, below each goal, write a simple action to start you on your way towards that goal. Such as if you wanted to learn to fly, well the action would be to find the closest airport that offers lessons and call them. Small right? You can google it and call in less than 5 minutes and you are on your way! Divide and conquer!