I have goals. You have goals. We all have goals.
How do those of us who achieve our goals do it?
We write them down.
Don’t Lose Sight
In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to lose track of our goals and what we really want. It’s sometimes tempting to forget about our goals to pursue something easier. This causes us to lose track of our goals that much more.
You can sit on your ass playing Call of Duty all day to improve your K/D (Kill/Death (ratio)) or you can do something that matters. If you want to be a Twitch streamer or a gaming YouTuber then fair enough as long as you’re recording. Otherwise, you don’t have a great excuse. If you want to be a writer then spend more time writing and less time gaming.
I keep my phone’s lock screen as the goals that I’ve written down. That way every few minutes when I inevitably look at my phone I’m reminded of what I want. I want to be a writer. I want to be a software developer. I want to be successful. It makes watching movies and playing video games much less tempting to me. It also makes writing and coding more tempting to me.
If you ever lose track of your goals you’re effectively putting them on hold until you come back to them. Don’t lose sight of your goals in life. Write your goals down and put them someplace you’ll see often.
A few places to put your ‘goal list’
- Phone home screen
- office at work
- office at home
- in your car
- your mirror you brush your teeth in
- on your front door
- next to your keys
Anywhere you will see your goals is where you want to put them. I like to keep my goals on my phone screen so I’m constantly reminded of what I need to do.
I also lack a certain amount of discipline right now in my life so seeing my goals 30+ times a day keeps my mind in the right place.
My computer at work is a gaming computer. No one holds me accountable for what I’m doing day in and out. It’s up to me to work instead of playing 14 hours of Classic World of Warcraft a day.
Don’t lose sight of your goals.
Manage Your Dreams
Everyone has dreams and some of us have 50+ dreams and that list grows every single day. It’s not possible to be a writer, software engineer, doctor, pro gamer, and Twitch streamer all at the same time. It’s just not.
This is where you need to manage your dreams and find out which ones are what you really want and which are probable.
Here’s an example from my life. My aspirations over the years (with their reasoning)
- Pro Poker Player (I’m good at poker and even beat pros in Vegas once)
- Gaming YouTuber
- Twitch Streamer
- Writer (Still a dream to this day)
- Software Developer (Still a dream to this day & I’m hoping to get a job soon in the field)
- Podcaster (This may make a comeback soon)
- YouTuber (software tutorial stuff)
- Clothing Brand Owner (via Shopify)
- Business & Media Solutions Agency
You get the point. I have had a lot of aspirations in the past. Those were all in the past year, by the way.
Obviously those aren’t all doable for me at the same time and I’d rather find the ones I like the most. So that’s what I did.
I wrote down all my aspirations on a piece of paper and crossed out all but three. Those three I had left were the ones I knew I wanted the most. After that, I removed all the others from my mind and focused on the only three I wanted the most. Those three were being a
- Software Developer
That’s a much more tangible list at the same time. I went to Lambda School for software development. I picked up freelance gigs as a writer. I also published three YouTube videos a week for a long time.
Always try to figure out what you want the most. Doing this will help you achieve the goals you want without doing too much else.
The difference between having a dream and a goal is that a goal has a plan. All you have to do to turn a dream into a goal is create a plan.
Start by writing down the long term goals you have. Then start breaking each down on a piece of paper or in a word document.
Write in as much or as little detail as you want. Try to give yourself a good idea of how you can acheive the goal. At the very least get your first few steps out of the way so you can start working toward your goal.
Consider reaching out to or finding a mentor to get feedback on your goal and details. Having another pair of eyes looking at what you want to achieve can help to hold you accountable. More importantly, the mentor can help you tweak your plan and make sure it’s got a good chance of success.
Wrapping It Up
I only recently began writing down my goals and it’s helped me tremendously. Give it a shot and see how it works for you!
What goals do you have? How do you track your goals? What other tips do you have to achieve and track goals? Let me know in the responses.