you can reach your goals, just start

The first month of 2021 is coming to an end. How are you feeling about it? What goals have you set for this year? Or has 2020 left such a scar on you, the thought of making new goals seem impossible. Let’s talk about it. Although 2020 came with many unforeseen circumstances, many people still lived their lives around the new conditions. People still got married (many of whom had to change plans and enforce social distancing), people bought homes, people opened online shops, started businesses and more. So what do you have planned? We are still living in what some may call “different times”, but how will you push through? What is something you want to achieve short term? What is something you want to achieve long term? How do you plan to reach your goals? Do you have a solid plan? Why have you chosen this goal? Is what you’re trying to do realistic? How can you truly answer all of these questions? For starters understand what your true desires are. That can range from being better with time management to saving enough money to buy a new house. What would your goals be, and why did you pick them? To help you, lets look at things this way. When you determine you want to achieve something where do you start? Is it something in your life you want to improve or add on? After thinking about it and coming to a conclusion, you should be confident. Be confident that whatever you want to achieve you can achieve. Next, I would say determine if your goal is a long-term goal or a short term goal. Deciding the difference in long term and short term truly makes a difference. Short term goals help keep us motivated once we complete them. Long term goals take longer but are often more rewarding. However, if you classify a long-term goal as a short term goal, you have the potential to get discouraged when things take longer than you think they should. For example, how disappointing would it be to say you want to save $1,000 in three months. Once the third month gets here you’ve barely saved over $500. If you’re not financially capable to save $1,000 in three months it’s best call it a long term goal instead of short term. That way if it takes you a little longer to achieve your goal, you’ve given yourself realistic time based on your circumstances. You also won’t end up discouraged when things take longer than expected. What are some things you consider short term goals? Being able to break the habit of staying up late? Or getting that promotion at work? What does a long term goal look like for you? is it saving what about long term goals? Like saving enough to put a down payment on a new car? Or being able to build a house from the ground up? However you look at it, understand what drives you and what motivates you. Understand  the road isn’t always perfect. Understand that you can do what you put your mind to. And last but not least GO! – Lori G. Clark

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