Work and Money
Prepare for Better Things by Setting Goals
By Elaine Myada, Founder and CEO, Myada Communications
“When are things going to change and become better?"
“I just want my life to be better.”
Have you asked this question or made this statement before? I believe you have. If you are like many of us, you want your life to improve.
The truth is that things only become better when you change your perspective or seek ways to make them better. According to Dictionary.com, the verb definition of "better" is “improve on or surpass (an existing or previous level or achievement).”
To have better or be better requires action. It’s time to stop waiting for things to get better and take some action to make them better. Here are some tips to prepare for better:
One of the best ways to prepare yourself for something is to determine what you want. Take some time to think about ways to want things to be better in your life. Perhaps you’d like a better job. Or you’d like to buy a home. Maybe you just want to take a nice vacation with your family. Whatever your goals are, write them down.
Now that you have set one or more goals, it’s time to take action. For a better job, you may need to get additional training or learn a new skill. To buy a home, you’ll need to save money and get educated about the home-buying process. To take a nice family vacation, perhaps you need to determine where you want to go, for how long, and how much it will cost. Whatever your goal is, determine the steps you need to take to get there.
While you’re working toward your goal, it’s very important to stay positive. It can be easy to become discouraged if there are setbacks or things don’t go your way. But don’t be deterred. Stay the course. Find positive affirmation, pictures, or songs that you can read, look at, or listen to that will keep you motivated.
Celebrate Small Successes
Along the way, you will achieve small successes toward your bigger goal, like finishing a job-training course or a home-buying program. Perhaps you save $1,000 toward your family vacation. Treat yourself to a glass of wine or have a family celebration. By celebrating these successes, you stay focused on your goals and it gives you hope to keep moving forward.
Elaine Myada is the founder and CEO of Myada Communications, a marketing firm, which provides branding, content, marketing, public relations, social media, and website design support to Federal and local/state government agencies, as well as nonprofits and small businesses.
CircleAround is partnering with NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners) in a series of posts exploring the following prompt: "What comes next?" Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States.