Do you have any goals, Friend?
Do you have some defined things you want to accomplish, or are you just floating along, day after day? Goals are important, because they serve as milestones for the time that passes in our lives. We set goals to improve who we are as people, and stretch us beyond what we think we can do. Ideally, we’ll set goals for both our personal and work lives, to help us achieve a sense of balance.
Many people set their goals incorrectly, though. They think goal setting means saying things like, “I want to finish medical school and be a successful physician”, but they don’t recognize that successful goal setting comes from setting up tiny action steps beforehand. It’s the tiny things we do day after day that lead us to success in the long-term. Here are examples of small goals you can make that will help you create big changes for a higher quality of life.
Your Goal is “To Have a Better Work Life”. Here are Five Small Action Steps to Help Get You There.
- Arrive fifteen minutes earlier than necessary so you can gracefully enter the workday. Who needs that frantic rush?
- Dedicate one afternoon to clearing away clutter and dealing with things you’ve been putting off.
- Ask your boss for feedback on your performance. Gather this information now, and follow-up on any recommendations. Don’t wait for a bad review–set yourself up for success, instead.
- Bring in new photos of your loved ones. Updated pictures will remind you of their love, since you’re probably tuning out the old images you’ve had for months, or even years.
- Invite a different coworker to lunch. Learn more about them, and develop that friendship.
Your Goal is “To Have a More Satisfying Personal Life”. Here are Five Easy Action Steps to Help Get You There.
- Cut down screen time. Whether it’s a TV or your phone, reduce your use by thirty minutes each day, and spend those thirty minutes outside.
- Go through your list of friends. Decide which ones are good for you, and which ones aren’t. Phone the ones who are good for you, and schedule a time to visit. Delete the ones from your phone or Facebook account who aren’t good for you.
- Apologize to someone you’ve hurt.
- Ask someone you trust for feedback about yourself. Do they feel you have a quick temper, don’t take compliments well, or are stubborn? Look at yourself from an outsider’s perspective. Do you like what you see?
- Schedule a consistent time to spend with your significant other. For my husband and me, it’s Sunday mornings. You can read more about ways we put our relationship first here. (And here’s why I call it ‘TeamJeffers” in the first place. It’s because we’re a team).
Your Goal is “To Be More Healthy”. Here Are Five Small Action Steps to Help Get You There.
- Drink more water. Take your body weight, divide by two, and drink that many ounces per day.
- Go to bed at least 30 minutes earlier each night.
- Get a step counter, and aim for 10,000 steps per day.
- Take a multivitamin appropriate for your stage of life.
- Start using sunscreen daily, no matter the season.
What about it, Friend? Achieving goals feels great, and it’s one way to ensure that we use the time we’re given in good ways.
We get one shot at this thing called life. Do you want to look back and regret the time you wasted, or do you want to look back and admire the beautiful things you did while you were here? My goal in this piece is to help you refocus, and take at least one small action to re-steer your life’s path. So feel free to drop me a note. I’m here on Facebook, or you can use the hashtag #TeamJeffersGoals on Twitter. I’d love to be a source of encouragement and praise for you. You can also leave a comment below, and be sure to subscribe for more updates.
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**Chanler Jeffers has seen many extraordinary things over her lifetime. An adventurer, survivor, overachiever and advocate of kindness in all instances, she has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), and is a member of their Circle of Champions. She has had the good fortune to live and travel all over the world, grew up as a military dependent and was a single parent for many years. She has survived cancer, and gently shaped countless people over her years on this little planet we call home. Follow along as she shares her knowledge, her experience and her love. Oh, by the way–one more thing. She’s married to a Bass playing rock star, lucky girl.