I started becoming a goal oriented person when I was 23 years old, but truly adapted to that lifestyle when I was almost 25. When thinking about what actually makes a goal, I boiled it down to 4 key ingredients. A goal needs to:
- Be challenging
- Be specific
- Have a Timeline
- Make it public
The example I always use was when JFK set the goal of putting a man on the moon. He said, and I’m paraphrasing, “I want to put a man on the moon in this life time, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.” All the ingredients for a good goal are there. If you take any of those ingredients away his goal is half baked.
Now that you know what a proper goal is, how do you start becoming goal oriented? That’s always the next question. Before I tell you, I’m going to be honest, it takes an investment of time.
The first thing you should do is to make 3 daily goals. Something like mow the grass before noon, exercise for 30 minutes, and read a chapter in a book. If you can share you goals with someone or a group of people, it’s a mental way of holding your feet to the fire to hit your goals.
Hit your daily goals everyday. After you start knocking out your 3 daily goals, you’ll start to feel productive. Without getting too technical, being productive loads your mental bank with accomplishment currency. Once your bank is full to the brim of accomplishment currency, it gets exchanged for this wonderful thing called confidence.
As your confidence in your ability of getting things done increases, you can set more challenging goals. You can change your exercise goal from a 30 minute daily workout to losing 15 lbs in 90 days. That is exactly what I did and I’m going to share that Fitness Journey with you.