How to Set Goals With Vision, Possibility, and Balance

How To Set Goals With Vision, Possibility, and Balance

Goal Setting Process: What Are Your Options?

1) You have no idea what you want out of life.

You are just doing it because your family or friends do it. They get paid for their hard work and they don’t even care about the results!

Why should you? So far so good right?

Well, let’s say you really want to change things up in your life and make some changes. You decide to start taking charge of your own destiny. That means you need to learn how to plan ahead and create a vision for yourself.

2) You have a clear vision of what you want out of life but you aren’t sure if you will ever reach it.

If you were me, I would probably go with option 1 since I already had a clear picture in my mind of where I wanted to be in 5 years time (or whatever). However, if you are like most people, then you might not have a clear vision of where you want to be in 5 years time. For example, maybe you think your dream job is going to be working for Google or something similar. Maybe you think your ideal relationship is going to involve spending all day with someone else and never leaving the house again. These are both very different visions than mine and they may take longer to realize than I expect them too.

When I first started my journey to make money online, I didn’t really know what I wanted out of life. Sure I knew that I wanted to be rich and famous but I didn’t even know how to go about doing that!

I sat down and asked myself “what do you really want to do with your life?”

The answer was pretty simple: “I want to be financially independent so that I never have to worry about money for the rest of my life.” That’s it. I could focus on that and work towards that. If I ever failed, I could fall back on my minimum wage job since my life was basically already there anyway.

After deciding on the life changing goal above, I then had to set smaller goals along the way to help keep me motivated when times got tough. These smaller goals were milestones that I could hit and feel proud of myself for accomplishing. Each time I reached a goal, I then set another. Now I’m at my goal for this year making money online and focusing on other things in my life to keep me busy.

For example, a few months ago I had a small goal of making $500 dollars online. Once I hit that goal, I told myself I would take myself out to dinner. That goal wasn’t too hard to accomplish since I had a few sites making a little money online at the time. Now that I’ve hit that goal, I’ve taken myself out to dinner twice and it sure does feel great!

How To Set Goals With Vision, Possibility, and Balance

Now that you know how I set goals in my own life using my own experience as an example, let’s talk about how you can set goals for yourself. I like to sum it up into 3 sections: Vision, Possibility, and Balance.

Vision : This is what you want out of your life. It’s that overall purpose for living that you can picture in your mind. For some people, this may be having 10 kids and a loving partner to spend the rest of their life with. For others, this may be owning their own business and becoming a millionaire before they die. Whatever your vision is, make sure it’s something that you can picture clearly in your mind and is “important” to you.

Possibility : This is whether or not you believe you can achieve your vision.

Is it something that you really want? Is it realistically possible for you to achieve?

It may be a long shot but if you believe 100% that you can achieve it, then go ahead and set the goal .

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