How are those goals looking?
More likely than not, you created some great goals or resolutions right before 2016 ended or right after 2017 started. So, are you on pace to meet your goals? Sure, meeting your goals might be a marathon (depending on what your goal is, of course), but are you at least following your plan and heading down the right path?
If not, then know this: The year just started, so you have plenty of time to get back on track.
In the spirit of achieving goals in 2017, you should think about living a goal-oriented life, because it could lead to ultimate success.
If you live a goal-oriented life, you won't forget about your goals and dreams. Most people -- well, let's just say a lot of people -- make goals when they are motivated. Then, life happens. They go back to their previous routines and put their goals back on the lonely bookshelf, a bookshelf that they won't return to until way later down the road.
"Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination." - Fitzhugh Dodson
If you want to become the person you were meant to be and if you want to look back at your life when you are older and say you at least tried to achieve everything you wanted to achieve, then you have to get serious about your goals.
Your goals don't have to be the typical ones either -- lose weight and make more money -- unless you want them to be that way. If you make your life all about your goals, then losing weight and making more money should be scratched off of your goals list sooner rather than later, and then you can make new goals, new ways to achieve more success and live a better life.
How do you live a goal-oriented life? Easy. You attach deadlines to your goals, you make a plan for your goals (and stick to said plan) and you make your life all about your goals. No, this does not mean you should be focusing on your goals 24/7, because it's crucial to get away from the job and away from your goals from time to time (this time is known as downtime). However, you should be making conscious decisions throughout the day, even when your focus isn't 100 percent on your goal.
Here's an example: Let's say your current goal is to lose 15 pounds. If your company is treating the office for lunch, don't let temptation and a free meal win. Yes, accept the free lunch, but make healthy decisions. If your company is treating you to burgers, then skip the fries. Living a healthy lifestyle is not just about eating healthy at all times of the day, it's about making healthy decisions when you can. Therefore, if you are given a free meal, then don't completely ruin your diet by ordering a milkshake/soda, burger and fries. Only pick two of those options, or one. Substitute the fries for a healthier side, such as fruit.
Why should you live a goal-oriented life? Well, because it forces you to actually think about your goals, and it forces your goals into your life. Once again, if you want to become the person you were meant to be, then your goals and dreams have to be a big part of your life. You can't simply just wish for your dream life. You have to make a plan.
A goal-oriented life, in its simplest form, will lead to you achieving your goals. What follows should be a better and more happy life.
Goal-oriented people don't stop when they make and/or achieve a goal, though. They enhance their goals and come up with new ones along the way. The goal-making process is not static -- you have to constantly move forward.
"I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants." - Zig Ziglar