Do you have a diary of goals? If yes, then that’s awesome! But most of us don’t ever think of keeping such a diary because when it comes to thinking about our future, we think we have time. You think that you will deal with it and find your goals when the time comes. You never write down your goals and you don’t know exactly what your goals are.
Most of us are all in the “I am still figuring out my life” phase.
You think you have no energy, but I want to tell you that you actually have all the energy and the vitality in you, but because you have not kept any goals to put your time into, you feel slack all day.
So in this post I write down a simple practice through which you can easily know and find out what your goals are!
“I don’t know”
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Recently I asked my 12 year old brother what his goals were and what he wants to become when he grows up. He said he hadn’t thought of it yet with the usual, “I don’t know, let’s see what happens when I grow up”.
I think this is the most used word that kills dreams and goals even before they are born.
But then I thought about myself. I too as a kid didn’t know exactly what I wanted to become because nobody ever gave emphasis on setting goals and being an example.
Our schools never taught us about the importance of having dreams even as a kid, our teachers only scolded us when we day dreamed and society always seemed to rely on achieving small goals, so whenever someone used to ask me the question, my answer also was “I don’t know, I’ll think of it when I grow up”
But then we grow up. We are no more kids and most of us still don’t know and haven’t found out what our goals are.
[But “I don’t know” is also not a bad thing. However, to not know and so to not start and not to strive is a bad thing.
“I don’t know” is also the first step towards achieving our goals from another perspective. Here is the related post that you might love: How to embrace the joy of not knowing
Anyway, not digressing,
So the habit of saying “Let’s see what happens when it happens” is still strong in us and it continues to be said in so many ways….
“When this happens, then I’ll do this (the action needed towards your goals)”
“When I have this in my life, then I’ll start thinking about it (your goals)”
When I am in a better state of mind, then I will work on myself and my goals”
“When I have time, then I will work on this habit (that will help you advance whatever goals you have)”
And this way we keep on procrastinating our dreams and goals.
Why you must find your goals
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
If you don’t know what you want, how will you ever get it?
It is like you going to a restaurant and just not knowing and just not being able to decide what you want to eat.
You have to know what you want to have so that the waiter can take your order and give you what you want otherwise your food won’t ever be served!
Similarly you have to know and find out your goals if your dream life is to get served.
I know all of this sounds extremely simple but most of us have a hard time knowing and finding out what our goals are even.
If someone were to ask you what your goals are, do you have an answer in your mind instantly?
Finding out your goal is always the first step. Without that, your dream cannot proceed and the Universe also cannot help you if you don’t know what you want to manifest!
You have to know what you want. You have to know where you want to go. You have to know and find what your goals are.
So how do we know what our goals are?
A simple practice
What do you want to fill this sentence with?
Just fill in with your heart’s true desire.
Wouldn’t it be great if.. I could go on a vacation to Bali!
Wouldn’t it be great if.. I had a YouTube channel with thousands of subscribers!
Wouldn’t it be great if.. I worked hard and cleared this exam in one go!
Wouldn’t it be great if.. I started writing for my book.
Wouldn’t it be great if.. I started composing my own songs!
Wouldn’t it be great if.. I had my own successful online business!
Or even big things like,
Wouldn’t it be great if.. everyone thought of being sustainable!
Wouldn’t it be great if there were no wars!
Don’t feel scared. Don’t feel shy. Its just between you and your heart.
Listen to your heart’s desire. Those are your goals. You are under every obligation to fulfill it, but first you must find out what your heart’s desires are.
I personally found it a great simple practice to find out my goals that were still in the back of my mind. I came across this one from the book I am currently reading, ‘Getting things done’ by David Allen.
It took me less than 10 minutes to write down a list of my goals and I promise to share with you once I have them fulfilled.
What do you want to fill this sentence with? Engage your imagination and just fill in this sentence.
No, not just in your mind.
Never ever keep your goals only in your mind. I urge you to bring a piece of paper and write it down. Just go and bring your pen and paper. Even if you write it in your phone’s note for now, you must write it down in a paper.
There is something about the ink, paper and written words that will help you want to reach that goal! So I urge you to overcome your reluctance and write it down.
It is a fun exercise.
It will excite you and scare you at the same time. But that is how your goals should be.
Stop thinking whether it will come true or not.
Even before the ‘How’, the ‘What’ is important and after the ‘what’, the ‘why’. Once you take care of your what and why, the how will take care of its own.
Let go of all your fear, all your judgements, all your self doubt and even all of your logic.
Wouldn’t it be great if… we didn’t think of all this and we remained unshaken and just focused on our goals?
What do you think?
Feel free to write down what your ‘Wouldn’t it be great if…..’ is in the comments below as a part of encouragement to me as well as others who might stumble upon this post.
I am in this journey as much as you.
I wish you a wonderful week ahead.
Let’s be goal diggers!
“You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.”
– C.S. Lewis