Is It Time to Change Your Goals

Is It Time to Change Your Goals?
Are you satisfied with the way things are going in your life? Continuing to achieve the life goals you’ve set is hopefully bringing you considerable happiness and contentment. But, perhaps you’ve taken a different path and you think it would be helpful to add some goals. Sometimes, life requires that we alter the direction we’re headed.

Maybe your focus has changed due to the loss of a partner or job, demanding that you relook at the goals you established long ago. Whatever the case, pondering whether or not to change your life’s dreams may be in order.

Consider these ideas:
1. Review your current life list. Pull out the list of life goals you compiled years ago. Are they still what you want? Maybe you’re ready to let a few of them go to make room for some new ones that are more fitting. Give yourself permission to adjust your list as needed.

  • For example, maybe you thought you’d become the president of a company someday, but you’ve discovered that you’re more of a salesman. You love making new acquaintances and watching your sales stats rise. It’s okay to remove the goal of becoming president.

2. What do you want out of life? It’s a good idea to have your goals written down and in a file where you can easily access them to make changes and updates.

  • Even if you’re unsure of what your overall goals ought to be, jot down experiences you want to have and place them in your file.

3. Verbalize any changes to goals you’re considering. Inform your partner of the type of life you want since your lives and goals are intertwined. Altering your life goals will involve your joint agreement and efforts.

  • Talking about what you want helps you conceptualize your goals. Your close friends and family will also want to support you in your quest to accomplish your master life plan.

4. Infuse elements of your goals into your day. When you include daily efforts to create the life of your dreams, your goals won’t just be some lofty ideas you rarely think about. Be strongly connected to the objectives that will lead you to your goal.

  • For example, if one of your life goals is to take a trip to Europe, start a computer file where you can copy and paste links to websites and information about the places you want to visit. Also, have a paper file to keep magazine articles and photographs.
  • Look something up, check your bank account to ensure your travel funds are building, or read a travel article each day.

5. Try setting and achieving mini-goals. If you’re curious about a particular goal, but are unsure as to whether you want to change your life’s direction, establish a mini-goal to start exploring this area. You’ll be able to feel things out and figure out whether the new goal enhances your interests.

  • Do you want to go further with this new venture? Or have you learned enough to conclude you’ve been on the right track with prior goals you set? Either way, you can put the concept of mini-goals to work for you.
  • Establishing small targets that will lead you to accomplish your main goals is smart and effective.

Life happens. Things change. You may see the need to alter the life plan you had previously set for yourself. Put these strategies to work for you when it’s time to remove an old goal or add a new one.

"Sometimes, life requires that we alter the direction we’re headed."

 

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Quick Reference List of Benefits

  •  Benefit 1:  A Record of Your Life & Work Events 
  • Benefit 2: Stress Relief & a Cleansing Process
  • Benefit 3: A different Perspective on Challenges & RoadBlocks
  • Benefit 4: A Roadmap to Progress
  • Benefit 5: Ability to See Results and Progression
  • Benefit 6: The Ability to organize your thoughts and improve problem-solving
  • Benefit 7: Improved Memory
  • Benefit 8: Self Reflection
  • Benefit 9: Possible Improved Health  & Wellbeing

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Top 9 Benefits of Keeping a Journal & Planner


But Not Everyone Is Doing It

Exactly, truth is some people find journaling appealing while others try to avoid anything that even sounds related to it like the plague.  If you are not currently among those of us keeping a journal or planner regularly, you might want to reconsider.  Did you know that there are numerous benefits to recording your thoughts, life, and dreams on a regular basis? Well yes, there are, and I will share with you my top 9 benefits of keeping a journal. 

 

A Record of Your Life & Work Events

Have you ever thought back on your high school or college days and thought, “What was his or her name?” Or have you ever wondered if a particular event happened in 2000 or 2005? A journal is a useful way to record significant events in your life.

Stress Relief & a Cleansing Process

When you get the tough stuff out on paper, you feel better.  To me, there is nothing more therapeutic than expressing your thoughts feeling and emotions. Instead of holding them in, you are able to release them and even process what occurred, etc. This can help you figure out different ways to manage difficult situations, and emotions. Journaling gives your emotional health a quick boost. 

Different Perspective on Challenges & RoadBlocks

Things look different in your head than they do on paper or on the computer screen. It’s a little less personal when you can see it. You might find that many of your challenges aren’t as challenging as you first thought.

A Roadmap to Progress

When you record your thoughts and your life, they’re right there in front of you. It’s easy to see how much your life is, or isn’t, progressing. Just looking back at your old entries can tell you a lot.

Ability to See Results and Progression

You will progress. When you record the most important happenings for the day, you’ll start to make new things happen. You’ll be embarrassed or annoyed with yourself if you keep recording the same old boring stuff each day. You’ll do new things in order to have something interesting to write about.

The ability to organize your thoughts and improve problem-solving

Journaling organizes your thoughts and improves your problem-solving abilities. You can clear some of the clutter out of your head when you journal and your subconscious can begin working on a solution to a challenge. I often consider my daily brain dump sessions in this as well. I love having the ability to get it all out and then see the ways that the ideas connect or show me other processes etc.

Improved Memory

If you reflect on your life at the end of the day and record it, you’ll be much more likely to remember it. It’s a great workout for your brain and an effective way to remember more of your life. It can be frustrating when you want to recall something that happened a few days ago, or even the day before and accessing it in your memory may not always be 100%. Journaling allows you to relive that day and your actions not only when you write it, but also when you go to recollect what happened as well. 

Self Reflection

You learn about yourself. When you keep a journal, you quickly see your behavioral patterns and tendencies. Not only is this an opportunity to check how you react to given situations, but it is also an opportunity to see areas that you may personally want to work on. 

Possible Improved Health  & Wellbeing

Journaling can lead to improved health. One study at the University of Auckland showed that writing in a journal can lead to faster wound healing and minimize the symptoms of several ailments, including asthma and irritable bowel syndrome.

Final Thoughts

Consider using a pen and paper instead of a computer for your journal. While using a computer can be more convenient, writing engages your mind at a higher level.

There are so many benefits to keeping a journal, not giving it a chance would be a shame. Try journaling for a full month and then make an evaluation. Decide for yourself if you want to continue. A journal is a great way to organize your thoughts and record your life.

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Need a Journal or Planner?


One of the most powerful tools in my personal and professional life has been using journals and planners.  Over the years I have used a plethora of journals and planners to keep my life organized and keep my ideas in order.

This has led to the creation of my journal and planner. Want in on the pre-order for the new & improved business and product/services journal? Use the linkhere to purchase the journal for the low introductory pre-order price of $19.00 (you will receive your pdf on Nov 29th) after you can still get the journal for $38.00 on Nov 29th the official release date.

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Latisha E. Sample

Your Business & Products Success Consultant