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Focusing on Goals

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

I set goals every month - some big, some small. I also set bigger goals for a year - some big, some small.

And then I get wild hairs and want to do other things. Right now, I want to learn how to fly a small plane. I have no idea what to do. There will be flight school, expenses, etc. I'm not worried about figuring it out. I'm worried about it distracting from other goals I have set for myself like reading 26 books per year, learning to ride my road bike, getting my PHR certification, etc. I also have this awesome theremin at home I need to figure out how to play.

How do I decide which ones mean the most? How do I know when to delay a goal? With a full-time job and a kid, working on the big goals means some of the smaller goals, like regular exercise or finishing 6 puzzles a year, start to fall through the cracks.

Maybe I take my big goals (flying a plane, getting my PHR certification, learning to play the theremin, ride the road bike, and self publish a book) and say they are things I will do before I'm 40. That gives me 2 years, 2 months and 4 days.

My real problem is that I get interested in other things along the way, but never lose interest in the things I already have on my list.

I break down my big goals into small, achievable goals and that works well. But then I end up with a pile of small goals every month that is starting to feel overwhelming.
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    You sound so much like me! emoticon I'm always full of ideas, projects, ect. I'm older than you with some physical limitations so that curtails my over-enthusiasm and keeps me in check! LOL. I hope you you have all your dreams come true.

    Love, Chelsea
    770 days ago
    Believe me I know how overwhelming too many goals can be whether they are small or big or whatever. I try not to take on too many at a time but I am wondering since you have a lot of interest there could you make kind of a bucket list and have a list of things you plan to do but not put pressure on yourself as far as a deadline?

    771 days ago
    My husband has been flying Cessnas since before he had his driver's license (He's almost 60). He worked hard and studied and became instrument rated. It's an expensive hobby; his included belonging to a flying club which had two planes, a simulator and a hangar. Once a year there was a work day where everything was cleaned and organized. Not only were there monthly dues, but each flight included the cost of fuel. Once you arrive at an airport, you must arrange transportation from there. Small municipal airports don't have rental cars. We did used to fly to a local airport and the restaurant where we were dining would send out a car for us. Do your homework.
    771 days ago
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    771 days ago
    Somehow you need to realistically prioritize. Great list! 😊
    771 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Try a grading system. List your goals and give them grades as to the importance of what they mean to you.
    Make a list of 3 goals that are a definite to you. Do them no matter what and then go onto 3 other goals, the next that are secondly important to you and so on. Don't start the next set of goals till you have the first three done. If you can't accomplish the first 3 goals reassess on how truly they are important to you.

    Don't deviate from the small list. When you want to do something else put it on to the main list, give it a grade then go on from there.

    Having many goals is fine, but you have to decide what is more important to you and go from there.
    771 days ago
    I like your small goal idea....perhaps take a few each day....and chip away.
    771 days ago
    I feel you! Everybody says to break them down but then I have a bunch of small goals. On your big goals maybe do what you said and do them before 40! Good luck and keeping pushing thru life!
    771 days ago
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