By Kibet Tobias
At the beginning of this year, I sat down to figure out and wrote down all the things I wished to achieve before the end of 2018. Among the questions I asked myself were; how do I make 2018 a more successful year than 2017?
If I can take you a little back, what were your goals in 2018? Have you achieved any of them?
According to research, approximately 2 out of 10 people are able to achieve their New Year resolution goals. However, this should not bother you because you still have about five months to go.
Meanwhile, here are 4 possible signs you are chasing the wrong goals in your life;
1. You are not seeing any progress despite working hard
Goal setting is very important because it holds you accountable for anything you do with your time.
Great goals should help you learn and grow in your life. However, if you are not experiencing any growth at all then there is a need to worry.
One thing that the wrong goal does is keep your mind stuck in one place which makes you less active. As such you might not learn anything new with each passing day.
I know you want to see progress from every effort you make. So if you are not seeing progress, it is important to consider reviewing your goals today.
2. You are not happy with your work
Maybe you chose that goal you are pursuing now because of money, fame or any other reason. You had no passion or interest in it. The end result is lack of happiness since you don’t enjoy what you are doing which makes you less productive.
Smart goals should help you achieve a long-lasting happiness. In that case, if your goal relates to being popular, accumulation of wealth or seeking other people’s approval it will not do you any good. After all, you can be rich and still be unhappy.
3. You spend much money on things that don’t really matter
As I mentioned earlier, your goals should be realistic. Think about your spending habits. Anytime you wake up in the morning, you are bound to spend money buying something. Maybe you had 2000 shillings in the morning and by now you can’t even trace where the money has gone.
What I am trying to say is that you should be able to invest in yourself instead of luxury. Plan and save for your education, buying a house, starting a business and other important things for your future.
4. You started doing projects and have completed none of them
Before you started your project, did you consider your passions and interest? Did you think about all the possible risks?
The business you started may have stalled because you had not defined your goals well and so you were not ready to deal with the possible obstacles. Maybe you also failed to finish it because you lost interest on the way and it became irrelevant.
Whatever it is, I know finishing is a challenge for many people. But it becomes easy when you chose to do something you enjoy since you will be dedicated to it.
What you do today determines your tomorrow. What you also start today will be judged by its end product. To make your life smooth and enjoyable, you need to set smart and achievable goals. If you are experiencing any of the above signs, know it is time to think about your goals and make adjustments.
Tobias is a content writer at Career Point Kenya. Any related query? Contact email@example.com or Comment on the section below.