A Guest Blog by Andres Ruiz
Andres is a colleague who turned into a friend of mine. He has an inspirational story to share, and the wisdom he gained while on his journey to share with you. Andres is a public speaker, coach, father, and a fantastic human being. You can reach him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/andres-ruiz-424614123/
Enjoy his guest blog!
What should I do next? Should I work on the business I've been wanting to start for the last few weeks, months, years? Should I finally start that diet? Should I try that new class I've been wanting to take? Maybe I should clean my house or go get something to eat?! (Social media notification) Oh look, a notification on my post...1 hour later... where did my time go?? I don't have time to work on anything!!!
I would sit at my desk thinking about what I should do next. I would enter my world of social media and look at a post, and before you knew it I had been surfing social media for 30 minutes to an hour. I’d sometimes get something to eat or go to the mall, or any store, just to get distracted to avoid any work. I would feel anxious because I did nothing productive and I felt I had no more time in the day to do anything productive. I had no vision for my future, working at a job that I hated, and was weighing 260 lbs and was feeling depressed and hopeless.
Looking back, I know that what I was really doing was procrastinating.
Has this ever happened to you? You feel like you have so many things to do, but you are not quite sure which one to do? Then you get upset because you are not making any progress in your life? The reason why I was procrastinating was because I had no mission. I had no target of what I wanted to accomplish.
I had goals, but they were nowhere to be found physically.
They were in my head and we all know that our mind gets filled with thoughts all day. My goals would be in my head and after a few weeks I would forget them. According to research, less than 3 percent of Americans have written goals, and less than 1 percent review and rewrite their goals on a daily basis. When we don't write our goals, we are without a map for our life. We then end up on other people's calendars and often waste our time doing things that don't help us move forward in our lives.
When I wrote out my goals it did wonders for me. I had a target to look at everyday to make sure I was on track and the process of accomplishing my goals.
Do you have goals? Do you have them written down? Do you read them daily? If you don't here are a few tips to help you elevate the quality of your life.
- Where do you see yourself in your career, health, finances, relationships, fun, etc in 2020? Write down as many goals as you possibly can. Take 10 to 30 minutes to do this activity. Make sure you give it the care and attention it requires to be meaningful to you.
- Read these goals everyday and make sure to commit to these goals. Write out a strategy to make sure you have a map to guide you towards each goal.
- Make sure your goals excite you. Many people are vague when it comes to their goals. It’s alright to change your goals. They evolve just like we do as human beings. Just make sure that your goals actually excite you, so that your internal motivation is real!
Set a goal to achieve something that is so big, so exhilarating that it excites you and scares you at the same time. -Bob Proctor
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