Setting personal and professional goals

We make New Year's resolutions, set ambitious goals, create a career path, make plans for the future and then… time passes, and we are stuck. So is it worth wasting time making plans? My own life and the example of dozens of participants in my coaching projects who got rid of their debts and paid their mortgage loans to zero, do what they love and make their dreams come true would say a simple: "YES, it's worth it". However, to have a real chance of achieving your goals, you need more than good intentions and New Year's enthusiasm. This article will show a detailed description of the method I use in my client sessions and my personal life.

I decided to bring up this topic after a phone call from one of my clients. She was devastated and wanted to resign from pursuing her goals. In her voice, you could hear helplessness and disappointment. That is precisely the same feelings that accompanied me several years ago.

I think many of us look back at snapshots of our own lives and bad experiences at this point. I immediately remember myself from 2008, when my only son was born. We had debts over 100k on our backs. Life on credit and the raging financial crisis was a source of stress and worries about the job, which we lost overnight. It seemed that I did not influence anything. Everything was changing dynamically, the day was too short, and setting goals was pointless. That's when I started taking control of my own life and finances. I learned a lot over the years, and I will present some practical tips to you today.

Usually, I hear from my clients: "I don't plan - it's a waste of time - my plans don't work anyway." Rule number 1 - no planning means failure. I am not a fan of motivational gurus, but my life and work experiences have prompted me to adopt a proactive approach to life. Under the skullcap, we carry 1,300 grams of the most remarkable structure in the universe, which contains approximately 86 billion neurons, 2,500 terabytes of "hard disk", and a processor that performs 1016 calculations per second—having such a device obliges us to think professionally.

Wise planning effectively helps to improve the quality of life and use the potential that each of us carries within ourselves. It is no coincidence that the best athletes have precise training plans, beautiful buildings are built based on carefully prepared designs, and the landing on the moon was possible thanks to the accurate implementation of the planned procedure. Thoughtful planning just works.

On the other hand, the lack of planning and setting goals is tantamount to making a decision about mediocrity and drifting with the flow. If you do not set your goals - someone else will do it for you. Instead of doing what you want, you will do what other people ask you to do. Instead of pursuing your own dreams, you'll seek the goals of those who have them.

So let's not waste time pondering whether it is worth planning, and let's move forward and get to know how to do it in the right way.

The most common mistake is lack of planning. Each of us will create a long list of goals in minutes that would be fun to achieve. The day, however, is 24 hours long, and we have a limited amount of energy. So we have to face a painful truth: it is impossible to do everything. The trick is to CONSCIOUSLY choose ONLY A FEW GOALS that are really important to us - but how to do it when there are as many as 100 goals?

And here I will give you the first method. Narrowing down the list of all targets, I use this way to eliminate 80% of the listed goals in two rounds. And here, it all depends on the proportion. Even if the actual proportion is different, you cannot deny that only a few things in our life have a decisive influence on their quality. The rest are trivial. Expecting better results, and at the same time not wanting to work to death, we must identify what is most important in a given period of life.