Big Goals! (goals part 1)
My legs were burning. My lungs felt strong but my body was getting oh so tired.
I had one more mile to go. People were lining the streets. Cheering us on. All I could think about was stopping. My entire body was telling me to stop.
But, I had set a goal.
I was 19 years old and I had decided months before that I was going to run my first marathon. It was basically the first race I ever ran. I knew it was going to be hard. It would not be fast, but my goal was to run the entire 26.2 miles.
Now here I was, running ever so slowly but my feet kept beating the pavement, one step after another.
I didn’t really have a super strong reason I wanted to run this race other then I told myself I was going to, and by-darn, I was going to do it.
I finally crossed the finish line. I wanted to cry tears of joy but I didn’t even really have the energy to do that. I just clung to my friends and relished in the fact that I was done.
I did what I set out to do.
Fast forward 25ish years and January 2020 is here.
Do you have 20/20 vision for what you want this year?
20/20 as defined by Webster as having normal visual acuity.
I like to think of it as perfect vision.
So as we start this new year, what is your perfect vision for the year 2020?
What do you see yourself doing?
Do you have a plan, or are you just going to see what happens?
Neither of those answers is right or wrong.
However, I will say that having 2020 vision will ensure that you are creating the life you want rather than just reacting to what is going on around you.
I don’t know about you but I want to progress. I want to create. I want to create my best life. To do
I am going to give you the first 4 steps in the “get it done” process below. They are going to seem easy. They are going to seem simplistic. Do not be deceived. The difference between getting it done and not getting it done is in these little tiny baby steps.
Step 1: Make a list of 25 things that you want. It can be anything. Maybe it’s something you want to purchase. Something you want to achieve. Something you want to stop doing. Something you want to start doing. List it all out.
Step 2: Pick the one thing you most want on your list. This may be hard, but sit with it and pick one.
Step 3: Put that goal into a measurable sentence. This is important so you know when you achieve it. There must be a deadline.
I will give you an example below.
Are you ready? Here’s mine for this year. First, let me say it is really scary for me to share this. I don’t like to share just in case I don’t accomplish my goal and people will know if I did what I said I would do or not. I did the same thing when I first decided to run a marathon. I didn’t want people to know just in case I quit. ( Yep, I coach around funny little things like this all the time, and here I am, doing the same thing.)
Back to my goal. In 2020 I am going to write a book.
This goal is scary for me and super exciting. I’ve had these thoughts bouncing around in my mind for a couple of years and it is time to take action. My brain is totally freaking out. It is already telling me I can’t do or shouldn’t do it. I am going to do it anyway. There is so much to be learned by the entire process.
How do you put it into a measurable sentence? Here is my example:
By November 15, 2020, I will have finished the writing of my first non-fiction book. I will know I am done because the chapters will be complete.
See the things in this sentence that make it measurable? You must give it a date, specifically state what you re going to do and how you will know when it is done.
The next step is very important.
Step 4: Know
There are going to be some difficult times. It will not be easy. The clearer you are on your why, the better chance you have of completing it.
There were so many times on the marathon course that I wanted to quite. S0. MANY. TIMES! But my why was stronger. I was bound and determined to be the person who could do something hard. I was going to do what I said I was going to do. So I did. That “why” kept me going.
I have not gotten really clear and concise on my “why” for my book yet, but you bet I will. I will write it down and keep it on my desk until it is done.
It’s another year my friends. Don’t let this year go by without these 365 days getting you closer and closer to the person you were meant to be.
You will never regret it.
And come back next week for the next steps in making your goal a finished reality.