Traveler Tips: Setting & Achieving Goals

Everyone out there wants to achieve something right? Or, they should – it’s kind of one of the most amazing parts of life! To accomplish your goals, you’ll need to know how to set them. You can’t simply say, “I want” and expect things to magically appear overnight. Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work and sacrifices that you’ll have to endure to accomplish it. In between, there are some very well-defined steps that will help you navigate and stay on the right course. Knowing and working through these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish. Here are five rules of goal setting that we use – enjoy and go get em’ 1. Set a Goal That Motivates You – When you set a goal for yourself, it is important that it motivates you! Meaning it is important to you, and you find value in achieving this goal. If you have little interest in the outcome, or it’s not an important piece of a larger picture your putting together, then the chances of you working to make it happen are slim. Motivation is the key to achieving goals. Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life. Without this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals, and way to little time to devote to each one. Goal achievement requires commitment, so to maximize the likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an “I must do this” attitude. When you don’t have this, you risk putting off what you need to do to make the goal a reality. When this occurs, it leaves you feeling disappointed and frustrated with yourself, both of which are de-motivating. And you can end up in a very destructive “I can’t do anything or be successful at anything” frame of mind. 2. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals – S – Specific: Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction. Everyone wants to “live a comfortable and successful life,” but this is not the goal – the goal is to find success and comfort doing something that you value. Remember, you need goals to show you the way. Make sure you land as close to your mark as possible by planning a specific route. M – Measurable: Include precise dates, amounts, etc. in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. If your goal is simply defined as “I want to run” how will you know when you have been successful? In one month’s time if you can run 1 mile, or in two years’ time when you have completed a half marathon? Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something. A – Attainable: Be sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralize yourself and grind down your confidence. On the other hand, resist the urge to set goals that are too easy. Accomplishing a goal that you didn’t have to work hard for can be anticlimactic, and can also make you feel intimidated to set more challenging goals because you fear you not achieving them. By setting realistic yet challenging goals, you hit the balance you need. R – Relevant: Your goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life or career to take. We all do not want the same things thankfully, because it would be a very boring world if we did. By keeping goals aligned with this, you’ll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want. If we set scattered and inconsistent goals, we find ourselves spinning our wheels and wasting our valuable time. T – Time-Bound: Your goals must have a deadline. As we mentioned before, this how you know when you can celebrate success. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker. 3. Put Your Goals in Writing – The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and identifiable. You have no excuse for forgetting about it and I like to place my written goals in a place that I will see them everyday (in your phones notes is a great place, or maybe on the refrigerator door). As you write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might.” For example, “I will hike my first summit this year,” not “I would like to hike a summit this year.” The first goal statement has power and you can “see” yourself at the top of the mountain looking down at everything you just endured, while the second lacks passion and gives you an excuse if you get sidetracked. 4. Make a Plan of Action – This step can get overlooked when setting a goal, but it’s an important part. Often we get so focused on the outcome and forget to plan all of the steps that are needed get there along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal. When you break your goal down into smaller tasks it is much more manageable – remember “there’s nothing to it, but to do it.” 5. Stick With It – Remember, goal setting is a daily activity and should be enjoyable, not just something you do once and power through until it’s over. Set reminders to keep yourself on track, keep your goals visible and make time to review your goals. Your end destination may remain very similar over the life or your goal, but the action plan you set and put into place is adaptable to meet unforeseen challenges. Also, keep your drive and focus by always making it a point to be sure the relevance, value, and necessity remain high! #Adventure #Goals #GoalSetting #StayFocused #Focus #Workout #Camping #Hiking #Backpacking #Running #HoodCanal #OlympicPeninsula #5K #HalfMarathon #Marathon #Training #SettingGoals #AchievingGoals #TravelerTips #OlympicPeninsula #BeTheTraveler #Nutrition #NewYearsResolutions #PNW #UpperLeftUSA #PNWLife #LIveIt #Events #EventPlanning #EventPlanners #RecreationPlanning #Outdoors #Recreation, 29 Dec 2019 22:41:59 GMTThe Traveler

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