If we aren’t pursuing our personal legends are we just living a life of mediocrity?
While I cannot boast about having a specific dream that’s leading me through my personal legend like Santiago in The Alchemist, I can tell when I am off the path of my journey to greatness. Every year I set off to accomplish a list of 5-7 goals. These serve as my personal ‘resolutions’ or benchmarks to see how/what I’m doing to stay ready so I never have to get ready. But, I can’t lie, twenty-five was a challenging ass year. Looking back at my list of things to accomplish, I did not cross off many goals on my list, and that is not very comforting. So, over the past few months I have been taking some time to reflect on how to make next year better, set more realistic goals, and run as far away from mediocrity as possible.
What’s going to be different?
Well to start off, I am minimizing my goal list. Instead of things that I want to check off, I am creating three specific SMART goals. The way to accomplish your dreams and desires is to make your goals and ensure that they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and have a given a Timeframe. Saying that you want to do something but not spelling out how you’re going to do it will leave you restarting each month because you fell off. So to avoid this, I plan on focusing on what needs to be accomplished each month from November 2017 to November 2018 to ensure that I am staying ready for when the ultimate opportunity presents itself.
In addition to setting up my three goals with their corresponding SMART action list, I am going to create a habit where I am checking on my status on these goals on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It can be so easy to set a goal, check in once a month or every quarter and let the dream slip through the cracks. You cannot count on anyone else to hold you accountable if you don’t first hold yourself accountable for what you want. So, daily check ins are going to be key.
Life is a series of choices...
Finally (because I am trying to focus on doing things in threes this year) creating and reciting a mantra and mission statement to recite every morning and every night (thanks Think and Grow Rich) will be important. Repetition is a key to setting your goals on fire. By ingraining a new mantra for each goal I am setting, I will be constantly reminded of what I plan on accomplishing this year. Pairing the mantra with a personal mission statement will keep me honest as to who I am and what I am working to accomplish in this life.
Life is a series of choices. You can choose to let it happen to you or allow preparation to meet opportunity which is your best formula for success. So, goodbye year of mediocrity, I am so ready to level up.
Three women going through life.