Goal Setting Activities for today’s youth: Mum won’t teach You this.

 

Just like anything you know would be good for you and never take action – Goal setting activities must be required of today’s youth.

“The moment you put a deadline on your dream, it becomes a goal. ― Harsha Bhogle”

You will live better if you read more you took health, nutrition, and exercise seriously.

  • If you could spend more time with the people you love.
  • How happy you would be if you would be more gratitude and show appreciation more.
  • Think about all of your dreams and aspirations.

But, hey! you don’t act on them. It is time pay attention to these goal-setting activities.

Yesterday you said tomorrow.

In fact, the evidence is overwhelming. People who have goal setting activities and set a smart goal are happier, they make more money, they live longer and healthier.

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well.” ― Mark Twain

Related: Chronic Procrastination: 5 Weird (But Effective) Ways You Can Conquer It

Goal setting activities is key in any performance metric you would want to measure. And yet, you barely take action. It seems you are more tuned to the destructive devices all around you.

Our everyday problems and desires become our goals. Are you achieving them? Yes, because you’re constantly setting these destructive goals.

  1. What can you do to achieve your goals?
  2. What can I do to achieve my goals?
  3. Do you have a goal setting template?
  4. What is your plan to achieve your dream?

“Humans are too negative.

You don’t see the need to have or set deliberate and smart goals. We’re quick to give excuses:

  • Goal setting is the reserve of the rich.
  • I have pressing needs now
  • How can a written goal influence my life
  • I better have my life.

All these statements succeed in setting absurd goals for you – if you’re not setting realistic goal setting activities for yourself.

Many people – entrepreneurs, great achievers, and leaders know the benefit of smart goals. But yet, very few of us do have goal setting activities.

I’ll do it. Tell yourself from today – I will take my goal setting activities seriously. And I believe it’s going to serve you.

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”― Marthe Troly-Curtin

5 practical ways to start smart goal setting activities

  1. You’ve got to keep goals fewer in number
    2. They must be SMARTER
    3. Please, write your goals down
    4. Review them Periodically
    5. Share goals with the right people

 

We’ll elaborate on these points more.

“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.” ― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

You can set smart goals and you’ll have:

  • The marriage you want
  • Pursue the career of your dreams
  • Get that beach body you’ve been dying for
  • Travel and live in that suite along the beach
  • Spend quality time with family and friends

Hilarious, isn’t?

Apparently, writing 100 more things to achieve may be daunting. Don’t worry. We all do it.Those are wishful aspirations. They are fulfilling but will only get you so far.

Smart goal setting activities are not a bucket list that could be endless.

How many goals are scored in a soccer game? Forget about cricket or the NBA.

We list our goals but not all of them are achieved. If you’re going to be successful with interactive goal setting exercises, then you need to bookmark these 5 important points:

1. You’ve got to keep goals fewer in number

“The Power of Less is perfect for achieving goals: Limit yourself to fewer goals, and you’ll achieve more. At the same time, we’ll look at ways to narrow your focus on your projects, so that you can complete them more effectively and move forward on your goals. We’ll apply limitations to our projects to increase our effectiveness.” ― Leo Babauta, The Power Of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential

A huge list of goal setting activities will be generally overwhelming. It loses focus. It may look vague. Setting fewer goals in number is more purposeful, realistic and achievable.

Seven to ten at a go – will be ideal. At most ten. In fact, psychologist say, you can’t focus on more than 10 goals at a time.

It’s quite obvious you are dealing with various facets of life: health, education, finance, relationship, career, adventure etc. they should be relatively balanced.

Related: 6 Things The Most Organized People Do Every Day

2. They must be SMARTER

Progress belongs to the Askers; the smarter the question, the lesser the guessing.”― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

Specific – your goals must be precise and straight to the point.

Measurable – what can be measured can be managed. You should be able to track your progress.

Actionable – every goal should start with an action verb. For instance, quit, finish and begin.

Realistic – it doesn’t mean it should dwell in your comfort zone. Your discomfort zone instead, but be real.

Timely – smart goals should be in containers. Put a date on your goals. It should be time bound.

Exiting – smart goals are fascinating, compelling and inspirational. This is by your own judgment.

Relevant – your goals can be SMARTER but it must be linked to your pursuit in life. Be it age, status or sex.

“Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.” ― Charles T. Munger

Related: The missing ingredients in most Goal

3. Please, write your goals down

“Goals are the road maps that guide you to your destination. Cultivate the habit of setting clearly defined written goals; they are the road maps that guide you to your destination.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

This is by far the most important hack to achieving your set goals. Yet, you’ll not do it. I know that. Just write it down. This is so powerful. It works like magic. Try it out.

Actually, whenever I’ve written them down, I literally posted them in my subconscious. They may not all come to pass. But hey, you’ll achieve more.

Writing your goal and documenting your goal setting activities down consciously and unconsciously gear you towards achieving them. It’s so sweet.

The trick is that your subconscious mind will find ways to make them come true. Especially when you repeat to yourself regularly.

A research by Dr. Gale Matthew who studied a good number of people said that – there is a 42% chance of achieving your goals even if you write down and never did anything about them.

That is refreshing. Please pick your pen and paper – you can also type it down on a device of your choice. I prefer the good old paper and pen. It’s easier.

Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level. Goals give our life direction.

Some goal setting activities for youth of today

  1. What would you like to have happened in your life this year?
  2. What would you like to do – to accomplish?
  3. What good would you like to attract into your life?
  4. What particular areas of growth would you like to have happened to you?
  5. What blocks or character defects, would you like to have removed?
  6. What would you like to attain – little and big things as such?
  7. Where would you like to go?
  8. What would you like to have happened in your friendships and love?
  9. What would you like to have happened in your family life?
  10. What problems would you like to see solved?
  11. What decisions would you like to make?
  12. What would you like to happen in your career?

Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write all your goal setting activities down. As an affirmation, your life, and your ability to choose. Then let it go.

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”― Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations on Codependency

Related: Why you should be writing down your goals.

4. Review them Periodically

“You have to grab the goal, visualize your vision, excel in excellence and then become distinct in distinction.” – Onyi Anyado

According to Michael Hyatt this is the number one reason why people don’t achieve their goals. We are all guilty of it. Isn’t?

You have a number of goal setting activities. They’re smarter than yourself. You’ve written them down. However, if you’re not indulging in your goal setting activities frequently, they become just another notes taking adventure.

Paste it on the wall. Clip it on a strategic place in the car.

Make every deliberate effort to see it and devour it.

So, one of my goals is this:

I will print and frame my goal setting activities and place it where I spend most of my day. If they’re not annoying, compelling and scary enough – then it is not worth achieving. Obviously, your mirror is a perfect place to paste it.

Maybe on your bedside. At least your wall will do. It will not make any significant changes to your beautiful room.

For the start, a daily review is great. A weekly review will be perfect.

“You cannot pursue all your goals simultaneously or satisfy all your desires at once. And it’s an emotional drain to think you can. Instead, you must focus on long-term fulfillment rather than short-term success and, at various points in your life, think carefully about your priorities.” ― Eric C. Sinoway

Related: Review your goals daily

5. Share goal setting activities with the right people

“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”― Charlotte Brontë

There are many schools of thought on sharing goals. Should you share with anyone?

Which is ideal – family, friends or the world?

Some believe sharing your goals with others make you accountable. Some brilliant minds like Derek Sivers think otherwise – just keep it to yourself.

Shhh they say.

There are many who say – just keep goal setting activities to yourself and you will be more focused and purposeful. Engaging with like-minded individuals on your goals is better. At least it keeps you in check.

I recommend sharing your goal setting activities with people you can trust and will encourage you.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”― Mother Teresa

Related: Why you should share your Goals and Accomplishments.

Conclusion:

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” ― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Quit worrying about how everything is going to turn out. Live one day at a time. Better yet, make the most of this moment.

Ideally, it’s good to have a big picture of the future, to set goals, to establish budgets and make plans,  but if you’re always living in the future, you’re never really enjoying the present in the way God wants you to.

I believe, if you have;

  • A prudent goal setting structure.
  • A SMARTER outlook
  • Consistent documentation
  • proper review and
  • proven system

Smart goal setting activities will not only be your second nature but will pay you for the rest of your life.

Thank you.

Make this moment your reckoning. Your head has been held under water for too long and now it is time to rise up and take your first true breath. Do everything with exact calculation, nothing without meaning. Do not make careful your words, but make no excuses for what you say. Fuck em’ all. Set a goal for every day and never be tired.” Brian Krans, A Constant Suicide

Your Turn: What do you think?

So what has been your journey with goal setting?

Smooth, normal or Bumpy.

I know you have great revelations to share. Let’s hear from you and your special goal setting activities and experience.

And what do you think about the quotes?

We would like to hear from YOU in particular – Yes YOU.

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