Set goals, plan ahead.
In the words of Sir Winston Churchill “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”
Let me remind you that the year 2020 is in less than 30 days. If you don’t have you goals yet, now is the time to sit, plan and set goals for the new year.
I look forward to lot of things in 2020 and you know why?
Because I have goals I want to crush.
If you want to have a wonderful a 2020, you should have goals you wish to accomplish and not better than to set goals than now, the last month of the year.
Maybe you ran out of ideas, I have some ideas for you from some of my own goals. I hope it spurs you to set your own goals.
When you live with a chronic illness, your health always comes first. Set goals that will help you manage your health in the most possible way.
I take my mental health as serious as my physical health so my first goal under health is
- To continue my habit of meditating
Although I started mediating this year but as the year faded, I stopped without any reason.
Fortunately, last month i picked up a book by Mary Beth Janseen titled The book of self-care (remedies for healing, mind, body and soul).
In it, she highlighted the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. Two natural healers and soul ‘calmers’. I recommend the book though.
It rekindled my passion for meditation and in 2020 I want to meditate for at least 20 minutes each day.
- A fruit a day
I won’t lie, my diet is poor for someone with sickle cell disorder. My goal now is to eat a fruit every day. I think it’s a great way to start towards healthy eating.
- Regular physical activity
Earlier in the year, I had huge interest in fitness. In fact, I almost made this blog a fitness blog, some of my fitness posts are;
- How to gain weight healthily in four easy and effective steps
- Seven sickle cell and fitness common misconception
- Five weight gain mistakes beginners make and how to fix them
I want to keep myself active for at least 20 minutes in a day. I know staying inactive can cause even more complications for me.
- To become more socially active
This has been in my goal list for many years. I always want to get better with relating with people and becoming more outgoing.
This year I made some conscious steps towards it.
- I volunteered to speak in some events
- Also I intentionally put more of myself and my story out there especially online.
So, I want to continue making efforts to meet new people.
3. Personal life
- To learn one new thing every month
I love anything that has to do with self-development. I want to learn a new thing every month whether it is from a book or a blog.
We can never know it all. In fact we are supposed to act like we don’t know, the power of stepping into the unknown grants us the ability to know more.
I want you to add this into your goals for 2020. Strive to develop yourself every month in new ways.
Although I’m a still in school but I’m trying to build my career before leaving school.
- I want to earn from my blog.
Although, I don’t have a specific amount that I want to earn for the year but I know I want to earn.
- Want to publish my fictional story
I’ve been on this book since two years or so. I can’t decide which story to write, but I hope before the end of 2020, I will publish a book.
You too can make writing a book your goals, it could be non-fiction or a memoir.
I hope you already have ideas springing into your head. So how can you set your own goals?
Here are 6 tips to help you set goals
- Consider setting smaller goals for your long term goals.
You might have a long term goal that you want to achieve. Sometimes the goal might be overwhelming especially with a chronic illness.
There’s something you can do, and that is setting a short term goals towards the long term.
Consider setting your goals to be achieved in a week or a month rather than years.
- Don’t forget about your health
Living with a chronic illness is unpredictable. I use to set a goal to become a basketball player although I worked towards it but when sickle cell complications came I could not achieve the goal anymore.
Don’t forget that complications might come up anytime even when you do everything to avoid them. When they do, don’t beat yourself up.
- Set S.M.A.R.T goals
Of course, you must have seen this acronym before, it is everywhere. That’s because it is very important to set a goal that is SMART.
A SMART goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.
To have a specific goal is to be clear on what you want. For instance, I wrote above that “I want to meditate for 20 minutes every day of the week”.
That is a specific goal that is also measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.
You get the drill.
- Create goals for different areas of your life
When we talk about goals many people think money and everything that concerns their finance or career.
But living with chronic illness has taught me to never neglect any part of my life. You should set goals for different areas of your life and work towards smashing them individually.
You can create goals for your
- Health life
- Relationship life
- Spiritual life
- Write them down and review them often
People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them can imagine.Brian Tracy
A written goal is a step towards achieving it. Write your goals down, place somewhere very visible to your eyes.
Make sure you also review them, track your progress, and edit them.
- Make your goals yours
Ask yourself ‘are my goals really mine?’
It is a very important question to ask. Don’t feel because your friend wants to achieve something, you too want it, do you really want it?
A better example will be, for instance one of the goals in your health category is to gain weight or lose weight.
Ask yourself, do you really want to lose or gain weight? Or you are doing it because someone does not like your the way you look now and you want to impress them.
The year is almost over and it is important to plan ahead of the one coming. The one sure way to ace 2020 is to have a goals set for yourself.
But when you set goals, be compassionate towards yourself. Put you and your health first. When deadlines are not met don’t beat yourself up. You are human.
Also remember that your goals can get too overwhelming so take them one after the other and keep this saying in your mind.
You can have it all but not at once.
Your goals can only become reality when you back them up with actions. If you put down plans and follow each of your plans, soon you’ll be living your dreams.
And the only way to living your dreams is consistency, an area I know I have to work on too. Stay consistent with one goals before moving to another. Keep going, don’t stop until you have smashed those goals one after the other.
- Set short term goals towards long time goals
- Don’t forget your health
- Set S.M.A.R.T goals
- Create goals for different parts of your life
- Write your goals down
Do you have ideas on how to stay consistent? Please share with me in the comment box.