Will Your Future Self in Five Years Be Proud of Your Achievements?
Do you feel like you are stagnant and not making enough progress in your adult life?
Do you feel like you would like to do more, and achieve more?
Are you not achieving more than you would like because you just do not think you have time?
When men and women are actively pursuing their dreams, aspirations, and goals, they have a reason to get up in the morning to seize the day. This is especially true if the goals and dreams are based on their personal values. Some questions to ask oneself include:
· What makes me proud?
· What do I want to fulfill in my life?
· What were the occasions in my life that made me feel fulfilled and joyful?
Here is some eye-opening data:
· 80% of Americans feel they are stuck in a routine. They go to the same places each day, watch the same programs on television each week, are at the same position at work year after year. Since people are “creatures of habit,” these same routines help them keep the structures in place day after day.
· 45% of Americans are saying their regular routines are comfortable.
· 42% of Americans are saying their routines are constricting.
· 77% of Americans want some more adventure in their day-to-day lives
***This survey of 2000 US employed adults was conducted between November 14 and November 22, 2017 by Market Researchers OnePoll and commissioned by Wrangler.
For anyone who wants to achieve more in the next five years of their lives by doing more, it is possible! People around you are making great things happen and so can you! Make your future self, five years from now, be proud of your accomplishments.
Read the complete blog by clicking below. Also, click here to get the 5-Year Goal Planning Template. Remember: Writing down a goal is a huge step toward seeing it come through at the end.
Is it okay to change plans completely from one day to the next?
It's perfectly okay to change plans, ideas, aspirations, because life changes constantly. We are not always in control of what happens to us that can change what we do.
The problem is changing too often, and getting side-tracked.
If you write these plans and goals down then a month later you change all of them, or almost all of them, then they probably were not as well thought-out as they should have been in the first place.
Take time to write ones that you know you CAN obtain as long as you FOLLOW THROUGH with the actions and steps.
Let's put it this way: You can change 1 goal in each section (one year, three-year, five-year). If you are changing them all on a monthly or bimonthly basis, then they are not concrete. Perhaps you can add an extra plan to each section and have up to five instead of just three. As long as you know yourself and trust that you can make them a reality, go for it!
If you can change plans and not be regretful, then go ahead and do it! If you are going to feel guilty and have feelings of resentment, stick with your plans. Here is an example:
1) I am a gymnast. I even get a scholarship for gymnastics and go to college for free. I am now in my junior year in college. I want quit gymnastics completely.
Questions to consider
Is this decision going to "haunt" me for the rest of my life?
Do I just need a break from gymnastics?
If I had a close friend or family member in the same shoes, what kind of advice would I give about his/her choice to quit?
Reflect and Make a Decision
Set some short-term and long term goals. Make a folder for each so you can have them near you and can FOLLOW UP on each. This will help you stay accountable to achieve what you want to do in life.
If you need to make adjustments to your short-term and long-term goals, go ahead and do it. It's better to adjust than to quit.
Here are some startling statistics:
To be able to set and achieve goals, we must be well-planned, be driven by purpose, focused on achieving. There must be organization in the process - mental and physical organization, to get actually set strategic one-year, three-year, five-year goals, and achieve them.
In the Downloadable page, there are several tools that can help to describe the plans you have - where you see yourself one year from now, three years from now, and five years from now. An example is available below.
Here are the steps to take:
1) In the Downloadable page, click on the short-term and long-term plans (goals) sheet. Print it.
2) Fill out the sheet, and put it somewhere visible so you can see it.
3) Get a calendar - whatever size you want that you know you will always use (can be electronic, like Microsoft Outlook).
4) In the calendar at the end of each month, give yourself 30 minutes to 1 hour to monitor each action plan tied to the short-term and long-term goals. Write "goal monitoring," and go through each of the goals you are working on.
Do you need to do more?
Are you almost done accomplishing?
5) Go back to the Downloadable page, click on the Action Plans sheet. Print it.
6) Write down the exact action plans you need to make those plans a reality.
7) See when each of the action plans can be done - put them in the calendar so you can keep track and monitor your progress.
Example of one-year, three-year, and five-year plans are shown below. The fillable forms can be downloaded from Downloadable.
Do you have some long-term goals?
Have you set long-term goals in the past but not achieved them?
Are you wanting to accomplish and do more in your life to live more fully?
Are you looking for strategies and ways to actually achieve goals?
Have you been regretful and upset with yourself in the past for setting long-term goals and not accomplishing them?
If these questions intrigue you, keep reading!
What is Backward Planning?
If you ask most teachers what backward planning is, they will articulate it for you perfectly! Backward-planning, for them, means knowing by when they need to have a unit completely taught to their students. For example, if a math teacher might tell you that she must have her unit #3 completely taught by December 3rd. An English teacher might tell you he has to have his students read Grapes of Wrath by March 15th. An art teacher might tell you she needs to have her students cover the Principles of Design unit taught by April 1st. Basically, backward planning is having an end goal in mind with a deadline and working backward. In other words, a teacher looks to see by when a unit must be covered and then work backward to figure out which days lessons need to be taught to get the kids ready for the unit assessment.
We can apply backward planning to our own lives to achieve long-term goals! The process involves:
The process of achieving a goal is simple. To set and achieve a goal, you must have 3 things in mind:
1) What is it that you are trying to achieve?
2) By when do you want to achieve it?
3) What are the specific actions you are going to take to get there?
Once these 3 questions are answered, the monitoring process follows. Monitoring means holding yourself accountable for completing each of the action steps you set out to achieve. Some people refer to this systematic way of achieving goals SMART goals.