In this day and age, we want to get our hands on everything. People see a fancy car drive by and then they immediately want a fancy car of their own. The same thing goes for houses, watches, suits and materialistic goods in general. In 2017, instead of focusing on ways to make yourself look better on the outside (such as having a $3,000 suit and a $10,000 watch to go along with it), start working on yourself on the inside.
Start becoming the person you want to be, the person who you want to be remembered for. You can do this by making killer goals that will actually move you forward as a person. Yes, it’s absolutely essential to make monetary goals as well — and you should — but make sure you are working on yourself. After all, if you work on bettering yourself, you will not only, of course, grow as a person, but you could help people out in the process as well.
Nonetheless, let’s get to the reason why we are all here — making fewer goals in 2017. What’s the importance of this? For starters, when you are in the moment and the magic that is New Year’s Eve takes over, you tend to get extremely motivated. That is awesome. What’s not awesome is the fact that this motivation and magic tends to wear off a couple of weeks (or months) into the new year.
As a result, those 50 New Year’s Resolutions/goals you made start to look less appealing. Some of these resolutions/goals might still stick out, but we forget about a good majority of them. Why? For one, we went overboard on the goal-making process. For two, life happens.
That’s why you should make a couple of really meaningful goals and that’s it. It’s easier to keep track of goals when there are less to juggle. It’s easier to attach deadlines to a couple of things rather than 10-plus, and it’s certainly easier to incorporate these goals into our daily schedules/lives.
If you are an extremely motivated person, then making an endless amount of goals might not be a bad thing. You are an entrepreneur, so there’s a good chance that you hold yourself accountable to every promise and every goal you make.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
With that in mind, instead of making a bunch of small goals, why not make two or three really meaningful goals? You know, goals that will greatly impact your life for the better.
Making too many goals can lead to you feeling overwhelmed, stressed and you might start losing focus altogether. It’s easier to keep track of one, two or even three goals rather than five, 10 or 20.
Reminder, one really big goal could feature a couple of smaller milestones, if you will. That is the importance of making really meaningful goals, such as making $10,000 more a year or expanding your business by adding three more locations in 2017.
Making a bunch of smaller goals, such as learning how to play the guitar, not eating out as much and things of that nature, do hold a lot of weight, but the key is to not lose focus of the big picture, which is why two or three really meaningful goals is the route you should take in 2017.
Don’t get caught having goal fever, a time when we are most motivated, a time that typically happens, well, this time of year. It’s okay to get extremely motivated during this time of year, and it’s only natural since this is a time when we do our most reflecting, but really analyze where you are and where you want to go in 2017. Make a couple of big goals that will help you get there. If you do that, then you will have a better chance of not letting your goals overwhelm you in the new year, and you will be less likely to lose focus.
“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” – Tony Robbins
Tip: Make sure you attach deadlines next to each and every goal, and try to make them part of your schedule. Simply saying you will tackle your goals, dreams and passions in 2017 is not good enough. You need to get very detailed with this process.
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