I have been told many times in my college years that in order to achieve any goals, I must write them down (smartphones weren’t available back in my day). They said any goals, whether personal or professional, is worthy of picking up a pen and spelling out exactly how I could reach the most successful result.
Career. Financials. Business. Even a meal plan.
My teachers have often tried to teach me the thinking process on how to write it down. But it’s hard to describe why I couldn’t catch onto what they tried to teach me. I mean, I could hear them but it just wasn’t sinking in.
I failed a lot of courses in school because I became so immersed into pleasing my parents rather than doing what I wanted to do. That sort of roadblock became such an obstacle that I later realized I have to think and do things differently just to get to where I need to go in life.
We all experience different events and stages in our lives. Now that I’m much older and wiser from my college years, I learned that the only way I’m going to achieve my goals is to prioritize the things that matter to me the most. This is how I’m getting there by doing a combination of all of these four points:
- Making a list and checking it twice. Either with your phone or pen and paper. It’s shorter, achievable and realistic, and to the point. Like a shopping list, it helps us make a plan for a recipe. When I’m grocery shopping, I easily pick up things along the way and once I start cooking with all of my purchased ingredients, I end up enjoying what I’ve created. I go back to that list and see if there is anything that I can tweak to see if it can be done better, unless it somehow magically comes out perfect in the end.
- Watch, think, and do. I’m more of a visual person than a writer. I know, I know, I’m writing a food blog. But most of my achievements (and writing) comes from what I see or what I envision. It might be the whole thing about foresight that triggers my thinking process: “I like what I see now how do I get there?” or “This is what I think I want and this is what I need to do?” mentality. Sometimes my life schedule becomes pretty hectic so I take photos or draw a picture to help me remember what I need to do. Then I write a list of what I need to get it done.
- Tools and Support. You need both to get things done. I couldn’t write a food blog without my Iphone, MacBook, and my wife. I need my Iphone and MacBook to take photos, make quick notes, and research and post on social media and my blog. My wife offers me a vast amount of suggestions on photo-taking, restaurant reviews, and blogging ideas. She provides me with nothing but love and support for what this food blog has done for me.
- It’s a about finding and achieving realistic goals. Larger goals required writing down everything in stages. I have been able to get most things done with the satisfaction of knowing that I got there. Even when it’s at a snail’s pace.
When I first started this blog several months ago, I really had no clue what to share. I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. Looking back, I wrote down that I wanted to upload at least 3 posts a week, whether it be restaurant reviews, pictures, or even an actual blog such as this one. Somehow I managed to exceed that amount and write 5 posts a week. I think I’m getting there with my blog.
Now I need to start writing things down again and begin renovating my home.