“You Have Been Given A Gift—Your Life. What Will You Do With It?”
Here are three questions to ask every morning that will help you to identify and achieve your life goals:
All too often, the things that are truly important to us get lost in the rush of the day. We wake up with the best of intentions. Then, by the end of the day, we have accomplished a thousand things that have nothing to do with our goals – and zero that do.
As your morning begins, identify three things that are important for you to do today. Make sure your goals are SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. They should also address three areas of your life where you would like to see long-term results.
This is the practical step in the plan – the structured outline to follow a brainstorming session. Do I have enough time to accomplish my goals? Do I have the right resources? Who needs to be involved in this plan? This question may lead to extra steps. For example, suppose your goal were to eat within a certain healthy diet you’ve set for yourself. At this point, you would check your kitchen. Do I have the right foods? What am I going to do about lunch at work? Does the restaurant I’m going to for dinner have nutritional menu options I can work with?
Many people try to silence the voices of doubt in their head, in favor of blanket positivity. I disagree wholeheartedly with this approach. Doubt is there for a reason. Give in to it. Explore your feelings of misgiving, and address them head on. It’s always good to have a back-up plan.
For example, imagine your goal is to meet your partner for a romantic dinner. However, this is a busy time in your field, and you worry about keeping your commitment. What if your boss asks you to work late? Can you politely decline, citing a previous commitment? Can you call your partner and reschedule your date? Being caught off guard can inspire undue stress and cause you to lose your sense of control. As a result, you may end up making a panic decision that does not reflect your true values, intelligence, and life goals. Prevent this unfortunate dynamic by reviewing all likely possibilities, and creating an alternate plan.
“Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us,” wrote Richie Norton. Begin your day with intention. Make it your own, and work with ambition and inspiration. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish!
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