2020. Another year but a new decade. I find it strange sometimes how time can pass us without realising the missed opportunities we have had throughout everyday life. There are so many factors as to what could have distracted us, but I believe that this year is a fresh start to really begin to make a change and set out for what you want to achieve.
Now before moving forward I really think that you should consider getting some paper and pen, because once you start reading, I can guarantee your mind will begin flourishing with things you will want to remember.
Here is a list as to why setting goals is so important for both short term and long term.
1. Realistic approach to future goals
What is a realistic approach? A realistic approach is showing awareness and accepting reality. It is distinguishing a pragmatic and practical approach to achieving what you want to achieve instead of ideal and moral approach. Once being able to accept the path you have fallen into, it allows for an open minded approach to what you want to achieve in the near future.
2. Breaking down bigger goals into smaller targets
Having a goal is a great thing to have. I mean it gives each one of us a purpose to continue doing what we love in life. But sometimes it may seem that our dreams and goals are so big that we can’t really see how we are going to get there or be a little overwhelming at times. This is why I think it is a great to take the time to sit down and start off with creating smaller targets which are more realistic in achieving. By setting small/ shorter goals, this will automatically allow for your long term goal to slowly approach. Short term goals allow you to create good habits and become consistent in areas which will help bolster your strive to greatness.
3. Gives self belief and determination
Determination and self belief are two very key factors into creating something successful. The world is changing these days and talent doesn’t get you everywhere. I pride myself on determination, work hard and making sure that my actions peak for my words when I am playing football.
Have you ever heard that saying, ‘if you don’t believe in yourself then how can others’. It all starts with you, in your mind, knowing that’s what you are out to achieve is for yourself. Once you show that you are in control and truely believe in yourself, that’s when the ball starts rolling.
4. Appreciation of when completing something small
As individuals, we tend to really oversee what we have actually achieved in day to day life. It’s fair to say that I am one of those people. It’s taken time for me to actually allow myself to step back and really take a look at what I have accomplished so far in my short career of becoming a footballer. I have found that giving yourself the opportunity to pat yourself on the back allows for you to continue working towards your goal at a consistent pace. Of course there will be ups and downs, that’s part of the journey, but trust me, appreciating what you have accomplished will really give you a boost.
Now everyone has their own pathway and desired destination, and we eventually all find our way. I know lying on my pathway in wanting to continue my career in football that there will be plenty of highs and lows along the way and I also know that challenges will always present themselves. The uncontrollable is out of your control, spend less time focusing on those things and transfer that energy into what you really believe in and become consistent toward the the one percenters. There isn’t enough time to dwell on wheat we haven’t achieve in life so don’t start doing it now. Like I said, get that pen and paper, and start writing what you really want to achieve this year.
If not now then when? You create your future and go out thee and make 2020 your year!