Do you ever find yourself going to bed early, but still waking up exhausted? Do your days and weeks feel like an endless monotonous cycle? When you reflect on how you spend time, do you ever feel like a hamster in a wheel, bustling 24/7 but getting nowhere? There are many of reasons why people experience such fatigue and frustration. One of the most underestimated reasons however is a lack of vision in life. Because we all get stuck chasing urgent deadlines and schedules, a lot of people end up living more for the moment than for the sake of a greater goal or purpose. Not only is this a tedious way to live, it’s also unhealthy.

Yes, it is important to seize the day. However it’s even more important to understand why you’re seizing the day in the first place. Every person should have a grand vision in life that is informed by clearly defined long-term goals. Understanding your greater purpose is necessary for both overall motivation, and emotional well-being. It sounds unlikely, but having a mindset that is conscious of an ultimate purpose prevents people from obsessing over inconsequential problems. If setting long-term goals sounds like a daunting task, it shouldn’t because all it takes is some honest soul searching. Here are four things to consider when setting long-term goals:

1.       Make them Ambitious:

Small goals can only translate into small victories. If you’re going to invest time and resources into doing something, makes sure it’s a challenge. Make your ideas enticing and creative. Make them bold and impressive. The more ambitious your goals, the more satisfaction gained from fulfilling them.

2.       Make them Measurable:

Goals are not hypothetical concepts, they are actual ideas. They’re a definitive expression of a person’s intent. If at all you expect to follow-through on a goal therefore, you have to ensure you evaluate both the opportunity and resources at your disposal to pursue it.

·         Take stock of every tangible item you need to pursue your goals.

·         Outline every task necessary to accomplish your goals.

·         Schedule how, and when, to implement each step that is necessary to accomplish your long-term goals.

3.       Make them Conceivable:

There’s nothing wrong with having big dreams, but if your dreams are unfathomable, then there’s no possibility of ever turning them into reality. Long-term goals should always be informed by a dose of practicality. There’s a very thin line between testing yourself with hard work, and overwhelming yourself with impossible expectations. Learn to tell the difference between wishing you could set foot on the moon, and wishing you could set foot on the sun.

4.       Make them Your Own:

If you ever develop a long-term goal for yourself, make sure that people-pleasing plays no part in your aspirations. An individual will only ever give their best effort towards plans developed from their own initiative. The more challenging the goal in fact, the easier it is to abandon unless it’s something you want for yourself.

You owe it to yourself to have something to take pride in at the conclusion of life’s journey. Don’t allow an avalanche of short-term goals to eclipse what precious time you have to achieve meaningful success. There’s no telling what you could accomplish if you dare to push the limits of your abilities. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.