As promised, today we’re going to actually set a goal for the month. For some of you, the goal may be clear — you know exactly what you want to accomplish in January. For the perfectionists among us, your list of goals may be taunting you, making you wonder how you’ll ever may a dent in it if you only pick one goal to start!
Do you agree with this quote? “Desires must be simple and definite. They defeat their own purpose should they be too many, too confusing, or beyond a man’s training to accomplish.”
I guess we could quibble over his use of a masculine pronoun or the idea that you shouldn’t set a goal beyond your current ability (which is, of course, silly), but I think the essence of this quote is spot on — while it’s okay to dream big, when it’s time to actually set your goals, it’s important to be realistic and define them carefully rather than trying to accomplish it all at one time.
Today, pick one goal that you’d like to focus on in January. Advanced goal-setters may decide on one goal across several different categories (a business goal, a family goal, a financial goal, etc.), but your money-back-guarantee for this series (ha!) is only on achieving one main goal, so I’d encourage you to start with just one!
Achieving your goal requires focus, and it’s hard to focus when you have a dozen different goals begging for your attention. That’s the reason we started with the brain dump; once all of your goals are on paper, you can stop trying to remember them in your head and actually focus on making progress on the one(s) you’re focusing on.
So as hard as it is to choose just one, it’s time to bite the bullet and do it. Rather than being discouraged or overwhelmed by all of the goals on your list, think of it this way: The sooner you accomplish the first goal, the sooner you can start to make progress on the second. And then the third. And so on…
What goal are you going to focus on this month?