No, this is not one of those posts where I show you what I’m wearing, doing, eating, reading, etc. I wanted to get a little more personal with this post and tell you what I know. Do me a favor and think back to your childhood. What were your goals as a child? At the tender age of five, my list of goals involved being either an actress, athlete, or teacher for I love to be in front of people. Eighteen years later, one out of those three goals became possible for I teach ESL to a group of Canadian newcomers. We face a point in our lives where we want to set even higher and more realistic goals for ourselves. We see it blasted all over Tumblr/Intagram/Twitter/Facebook. Whether it’s a picture of Kanye grabbing his wife’s infamous derriere, a Bugatti Veyron, or a house by the beach, there’s always the five letter caption titled G-O-A-L-S following the hashtag. Don’t get me wrong, we all have goals that are somewhat similar to that description but we are often so blind by the image that we forget how to get there. What can one do to attain these goals that we create?” The answer is simple my friends, it starts with how you STYLE your GOALS. We STYLE our lives in areas of occupation, finances, fashion, eat, travel, networking, and… goals? Get out your reading glasses and journals for I am going to educate you on how to style your goals in six stylish ways.
1. Create a list:
I find that if you really want to remember your goals, create a list starting from most important/crucial to least important/least crucial. For my 23rd birthday this year, I made up a list of 23 goals that I wish to accomplish for myself. I find that every year, I have to make a few adjustments or add new goals to the list. It’s fun, creative, and it will keep you motivated.
2. Give yourself a time frame
This one touches base with the first point, not only should you create a list, but also give yourself a time frame of when you wish to accomplish each goal and how long it will take for you to get there. Short-term or long-term, it doesn’t matter. For instance, one of my goals for this summer was to get my ESL (English as a Second Language) Certificate so I can go teach overseas. I was aiming to start in April/May and hopefully finish my practicum in June and start my online course in the same month so I wouldn’t be doing it during my trip to Hawaii (how depressing would that be?) I finished my class in May, started my online course a week after and got my full teaching certificate exactly one week before jetting off to Hawaii. I am still deciding where I want to teach, either Thailand of South America. Where do you think I should teach?
3. Keep track of your achievements:
After you achieve each goal, keep track of when you accomplished it, therefore you can move forward and build even bigger goals.Keep track of the date and also if you can, try to write down what you achieved as opposed to building it off of your memory. We all forget sometimes.
4. Keep a journal:
In relation to the previous point, it’s always good to keep a journal and write down not only your goals, but also your achievements. Go to your local Chapters and pick up a journal that relates to your personality. Personally, I like anything with a beach or a map on it because 1.) I am at most peace on a sandy beach and 2.) I love travelling. The journal should speak for itself while your pen carries out the thought.
5. Goals lead to Journeys:
Set a goal that could potentially give you a better life direction. Try to find things that can create a fun and meaningful journey for yourself even if it means a change in scenery. During my trip to Hawaii this past summer, I allowed myself to get lost in my thoughts and figure out what my purpose in life was. Soon as I landed back in Edmonton, I was in grind mode and good things started to happen before my eyes. To dig a little deeper, ask yourself the following questions below, maybe my answers will inspire you:
– What motivates me to get out of bed?
Teaching, blogging, work, finances, life dreams
-How do I want to spend my time?
Working, volunteering, travelling, networking
-What can I learn?/What do I want to learn?
Learn about different cultures to gain a new perspective, how to put myself out there with the right people, learn to be even MORE spontaneous.
– Who do I want to associate with?
Creative, ambitious people who expose me to newer ways of thinking and encourage me to be greater than I was yesterday.
6. Believe in Yourself
With goal-setting comes struggle, we all go through it. This doesn’t mean you should give up on your goals, look at these obstacles as mechanisms of learning about not only your struggles, but how you handle them. How you choose to handle your struggle says the most about you. For the longest time I kept letting the word “doubt” come before me and my dreams/goals. I know this sounds silly but if you tell yourself that you can do something, whether out loud or in your head, the higher the chance you’re going to accomplish it. Never underestimate the power of not only faith, but what it means to believe.
“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”