“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”Tony Robbins
When we have aspirations and dreams, we have something to look forward to. We see a reason to wake up the next morning and make the most out of the day. When we see a purpose to our existence, we are driven, motivated to get things done.
This is one of the reasons why I find goal setting very important. Creating action plans for yourself gives you inspiration to aim to do things that you never thought you could do, and can serve as a guide for what steps you would like to take in order to accomplish your goals.
While there are people who prefer to be spontaneous, I am a planner. I enjoy creating to-do lists, and feelings of pleasure and satisfaction wash over me whenever I cross off one of the tasks on the list. I have also created more than a few documents on Google Docs, where I keep track of my goals, long-term and short-term alike.
Several of my goals for this May are as follows:
- Shift courses. The previous school year, I decided to take an online course in Communication. Unfortunately, however, the course did not pique my interest. So, I’m hoping to shift to a different course, like English or Computer Engineering.
- Work out regularly and for longer periods of time at the gym. I have been getting physical exercise more often recently; however, only for 10-30 minutes a day, 2-4 days a week. I want to develop and maintain a fit and toned body, and to achieve this goal of mine, I’m going to have to step up my game.
- Become a fluent speaker of Tagalog. I was born and raised in the States, but I currently reside in the Philippines. Tagalog is a language spoken in the Philippines. I want to be able to speak the said language clearly, confidently, and fluently, so that I may communicate with other people in the country without having a difficult time. I know the basics of Tagalog, but I still struggle with comprehending the more deep, complex words of the language.
- Help around the house everyday. My mother is extremely diligent when it comes to doing household chores. Every day, she wakes up early to cook and prepare breakfast; sweep the floors; wash the dishes; and so much more. I may not say it aloud all the time, but I truly appreciate her and everything that she does for the family. As a means of conveying my gratitude for my mother, I plan to help around the house more often. At present, I wash the dishes but only every once in a while. I hope to devote more time to doing chores, including cooking and preparing meals; folding the clothes; doing the laundry; and taking out the trash.
- Read more. In truth, I have not been spending much time reading recently, partly due to my hectic schedule with work. But I know that laziness also plays a role here. As of today, I am reading Che Committed Suicide by Petros Markaris; The Talisman by Stephen King; and Run Away by Laura Salters.
What are your goals for this May? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!