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There is a huge amount of information about how to set long term goals for one, two or three years. Some recommend classifying and splitting them into smaller tasks, others recommend to answer where do you see yourself in 10, 20, 30 years, or how you want to see yourself in 10, 20, 30 years.
You have probably already tried such methods, and on the 1st of January have written all the goals and plans you want to attain, new habits you want to build this year. It’s not bad, and there are benefits of it for sure, at least one- you already know ( it helps you to realize) in which direction to move. Unfortunately most of the times you do not get to the end and as the result you do not reach the goals you set.
Let's figure out why these methods do not work, and how to make your dreams come true.
Time for magic:
- The first issue with the long-term goals is that the outcome is vague or imprecise in formulation of how the final result should look like “This year i want to learn Japanese.” - what does “to learn” mean FOR YOU? To be able to read a book in Japanese or to ask “what is the best for a dessert” at the restaurant, or maybe to know 500 words? This is the problem, the abstract results.
You need to know how you can check yourself, whether the goal is achieved or not. If you have a short-term goal though, it is much easier to formulate a clear and concise result of which you want to achieve in two or three months. For example “In one month I will read the alphabet, I will know 100 words” and so on.
Do you get the point?
- The second issue, in my opinion is the most significant - the deadline, I think you understand. What does a deadline of one year and a deadline of one month mean? Exactly! I think that the deadline shouldn’t be used in a time frame longer than 3 months :) Otherwise there is no pressure, and the feel of a deadline. It seems that if I do not start learning Japanese today, nothing will happen, because I still have a whole year ahead… Procrastination takes hold of us, and we put off our tasks forever because we always have more important things to do with a “yesterday” deadline.
The deadline should be sensible, we should see it approaching.
Yes, yes, I know your next question “But what about the tasks that take more than 3 months to complete? For example, to build a house? Or master the Jedi technique?”. Everything is pretty simple here. divide large tasks into smaller ones (ex. choose a building location, decide on a design, and so on).
Did you get the point?
- Another disadvantage of long-term goals - when you are planning for many years ahead, you tie yourself to one scenario. Have you thought that in a couple of months you may lose the interest in this goal? Or just realize that you may like learning Spanish more than Japanese? Maybe the external factors will change and your goal will no longer be relevant? Or maybe you have set yourself a low bar and did not allow events to turn out with the best outcome possible?
So making a short conclusion: the long- term goals have a very little chance to be achieved :) but the short-term ones have all the chances to be reached
How to do your planning right:
- To learn 100 words in Japanese;
- Be able to push up 20 times;
- Find a place to build a house.
Be adequate and realistic in assessing you capabilities and resources! Earn a million in a month? ...
It is unlikely that you will want to set the next goal if you meet unrealistic expectations.
In order not to upset the balance and find out in a month that all other areas of your life have lag behind,set goals in several areas of life at once - finance, health, life, development and relationships.
And in conclusion I want to add., In case you haven't succeed in you beginning or may be your plans have changed , or you didn't have enough time to complete your task. Do not give up! and do not drop everything on the halfway point! Don't try to "start it again NEXT MONDAY, NEXT WEEK or MONTH". Instead you can reorganize the time and for example instead of 2 hours of Japanese lessons every second day you can spend 15-20-30 minutes on it everyday, its better than nothing. More over you will kind of cheat your brain, (by nature it is its function to save energy) and you will not be defeated by procrastination and burnout!
We wish you success on the path to your dream life!
Focus on the positive, the world is a beautiful place full of opportunities.
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