BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS SLEEPWALKING
My partner is a rather heavy sleeper and when she wakes up she’s not one of these people who jump right out of bed ready to go. She is one of the “five more minutes” people. “Just five more minutes”.
Unfortunately, she also usually gets up to go to the bathroom during the night. When she does this she can barely manage to keep her eyes open, and so I’ll watch her as she walks to the bathroom, and she’s bouncing off the walls. Bumps into one, change direction, bounce off another, change direction.
She eventually gets there, but it’s pretty funny to watch. She has to sleep on the side of the bed nearest the door too otherwise she ends up bouncing off the bed frame too and she gets bruises all over her legs from it. She knows where she wants to go, but seeing where she is going is a whole other thing.
How many of you think that planning ahead is important to success?
I think that planning, setting goals and tracking your progress is very important if you want to be successful. Otherwise you don’t know where you are going! How could you know if you’ve gotten to where you want to?
There are 3 parts to goal setting that are really important:
Define your goal
Start moving in that direction
Track your progress
PLAN WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
First task is to set your goal. Where are you heading? What do you want? Define it, write it down. If you can’t say specifically what you want or are trying to achieve then you’ll never get there. Use the SMART acronym to set your goals.
- S is for Specific, write down exactly what the goal is.
- M is for Measureable, how will you know when you have achieved your goal?
- A is for Achievable, do you think you can actually accomplish the goal.
- R is for Relevant, is it something you really want.
- T is for Time-bounded, you must complete it by a certain time
You must set an amount of time for which to achieve the goal so that you don’t flounder on it forever. Use SMART goals to get yourself oriented and going in the direction that you want.
START MOVING, GET GOING
Secondly, after you have set your goal, start working on it. Immediately, don’t wait, success comes to those who act.
If your goal is to run a marathon, then start running. If your goal is to write a book, then start writing. You won’t get anywhere unless you start moving and getting things done. Achieving any goal is going to take some hard work so start working!
You don’t have to get it perfect the first time, no one ever does. Don’t let your fear of failing stop you from beginning in the first place. Get the ball rolling and you’ll start to figure it out as you go along.
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD
And thirdly, you have now set a specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bounded goal and you have started moving in the direction that you want to. Keep your eyes on the prize!
Track your progress often, make sure that you are making headway towards your goal. Review your progress weekly, monthly, yearly, whatever is necessary. If you don’t track your progress or lose sight of what you are trying to achieve then you will stray off course, you could even start going backwards, become counter-productive. Keep your eyes on the road, pay attention.
BIKING EYES CLOSED INTO A DITCH
I used to bike everywhere when I lived in my home town, it was my primary means of transportation. I would bike to school, to work, and to friend’s houses. I used to spend some late nights over at one of my friend’s and would end up biking back home around 3:00 am.
It was a cool experience, very relaxing, I had the whole town to myself. I could bike right down the center of the main highway through town and not see any cars. When I would get to my road, which was a long straight rural road with no street lights on it, sometimes I played a game with myself.
It was a straight road and I wanted to see how far I could bike along it with my eyes closed…..yes with my eyes closed!
I think my record was about 30 seconds…… and that 30 seconds ended abruptly when I biked myself right into a ditch on the side of the road!
Keep your eyes on the road, if you don’t know where you are going you’ll end up biking into a ditch.