We all want to achieve something that seems impossible! Â But most of us seem to find reasons why we don’t succeed at reaching the impossible. Â Well if I am here to let you know that nothing is impossible, and if you set your mind to it and set the correct goals you are making the impossible, possible! Â Check out this great blog to help you reach that goal that seems just out of reach, byÂ NatalieÂ Bounassar.
Good Luck! -Carlos
Many people suffer fromÂ being rational dreamers. They want to achieve a big dream but hold themselvesÂ back by being risk averse. They don’t want to disrupt the status quo and play things safe.
To coax themselves out of their comfort zones, people learn to setgoals. I consider the process of goal setting to be like arranging checkpoints along the way to a desired end. Setting andÂ meeting smallÂ goals can serve as aÂ thermometer checkÂ on progress, measuring advancement andÂ indicating an overall plan’s viability.
ApproachÂ goal setting like creating a customized road map to chart your success. Think about when you take a really long road trip with your friends. Most often, you start off knowing the destination, but since road trips can be fairly long, making pit stops along the way is necessary.
Before venturing out, you mightÂ decide to stop a quarter of the way along for food, then at the halfway point for gas, at the two-thirds mark to stretch and perhaps 100 miles beyond that for more gas.
Youâ€™re meetingÂ smaller, more immediate goals that build onÂ your effortsÂ toÂ reach the finalÂ destination.
Create a personalizedÂ road map for arriving at your desired destination by setting the following types of goals:Â immediate, intermediate and stretch goals.
1. Set a stretch goal.
Start byÂ developing aÂ stretch goals, a long-term objective that will take years to accomplish. Determine your stretch goal first because this choice will influence the selection of intermediate and immediate goals.
A stretch goal should be big. SomeÂ stretch goals are more specific than others. One person’sÂ specific goal might be â€œto become the CEO of Google.â€ Another individual’sÂ vaguer stretch goal would be â€œto produce a national television show.â€ An extremely vague goal would be â€œto work in the fashion industry.â€
It’s OK, though, to leave room for interpretation.
Be as specific as possible and allow yourself to adjust a goal. Once you establish aÂ stretch goal, you canÂ sketch out checkpoints along the way.
2. Set immediate goals.
I like to create immediate goals that are small and assign a deadline that’s very soon. I suggest setting up these goals as activities that canÂ be accomplished in a week.
Ask yourself, What do I need to get done this week that will contribute to and move me along my desired trajectory? What small thing can I do this week that will move me an inch closer to my goal?
For writers, an immediate goal might to write six pages of a script or participateÂ in a weekly writing class. It could also be to start reading aÂ book about a field you’d like to enter. Be realistic. Accomplishing immediate goals should beÂ like taking small baby steps: They contribute to your overall development and growth and set you up to completeÂ intermediate goals.
3. Pick intermediate goals.
Intermediate goals are broader than immediate goals and can have monthly or yearly time frames for their accomplishment.
Perhaps an intermediate goal might be to apply to an apprenticeship or training program. If a desired outcome requires yourÂ relocation, more schooling or quitting a job, set a timeline for taking one of these intermediate steps.
MeetingÂ intermediate goals can help propel you forward along your trajectory. Achieving them might push you outside your comfort zone more than completing immediate goals and thatâ€™s great. Itâ€™s through discomfort that people grow and become who theyÂ want to be.
NatalieÂ BounassarÂ is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago. She has worked as associate talent booker on ABC’sÂ Windy City Live and asÂ a post-production assistant at Harpo Studios.Â Bounassar is the founder ofÂ Entry Level Escapades, a blog dedicated to helping graduates pursue and excel in their careers.Â