Do you ever feel like you are spinning in circles with too many goals? Are most of them conflicting? The good news is: You are not the only one who feels that way! It is quite common, and you can help solve the problem. With some care and attention, you will be able to figure out what steps to take when you have too many goals.
Sometimes there is a natural and logical relationship between goals. Suppose you want to get healthier and have more leisure time. Making time for active leisure like hiking, or gardening will accomplish both goals at once.
Sometimes two goals can seem to be directly opposed to each other, like wanting to travel and having more time at home. In this case, write out both goals, and next to each of them write out why you want to accomplish these two goals. You might find that what you want is to be away from work. Therefore, your real goal might be to change careers. Or you might discover that you can satisfy your desire for travel with a long weekend, or a day trip with your family. Get to the essence of the goal, and they will work themselves out.
We are all guilty of telling ourselves “there are only so many hours in the day”, and that we are “too busy” to take on anything else right now. Your time is exactly that – YOURS.
Instead of saying “I don’t have time to learn a new language”, try saying “I am not making time to learn a new language”. We find the time for the things that matter!
It is a good thing to put a timeline together and have definite dates and time sensitive goals. But remember, life happens and can get in the way. There is an ancient Greek saying that goes: “If you want to make the Gods laugh, then tell them your plans.” Having milestones and plotting points along the timeline is good. However, do not hold yourself to it so rigidly that you cannot adapt to the occasional curve-ball.
If it feels like you have too many goals or the ones you do have conflict with each other, then find the essence of each one. That will help you determine what is most important to you right now. Then work on one goal at a time. By concentrating on which one matters more to you right now, you will put those goals into perspective until they do not seem like too much anymore.
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