Zombies have a goal. It's a really good goal, because they know exactly what they want (To catch you, bite your face off and chew on your sweet, sweet juicy brain); they know the steps they need to take to get it (Step 1. Catch you. Step 2. Bite your face off and chew on your sweet, sweet, juicy brain); and they know when they want to achieve it by (LIKE RIGHT NOW!!!).
Because of this, zombies are successful more often than not. Don't believe me? Okay, so when a thousand zombies are chasing you and trying to bite your face off and suck out your brains, guess what? Those thousand all turned into zombies because another zombie reached his or her gross, disgusting, face-biting goal.
So what can we learn from zombies when setting goals for ourselves? HEAPS! HEAPS is the answer!
1. Setting a goal gives you direction. If zombies didn't have the goal they did, well, they would just shuffle around, grunting and groaning, and not knowing what to do when a human actually did show up ready to be eaten. If you don't know what you want, how are you going to bite its face off?
2. It's great to know the steps you need to take to start towards your goal. For zombies, those steps are actual steps - like sort of weird shuffly steps, but still steps. For you, it might be signing up for a class, or going for a run, or doing extra study. Whatever it is, knowing the steps to take helps you actually take them, and every little step gets you closer to your goal.
3. Not all goals are good. It's true. Wanting to catch someone and bite their face off is not a good goal for you to have! Seriously. What were you even thinking? As a zombie it's bad enough, but you're not even a zombie, which makes it weird and wrong and get away from me now! If your goals hurt other people in order for you to succeed, well, maybe it's time to either rethink your goals or rethink how you're going about reaching them.
4. If you don't reach a goal, that's not the end of the world What do zombies do if they don't catch someone? They get ready for the next person. They go looking for another brain to chew on. They don't give up and figure that because they missed one goal they shouldn't ever try again. If you don't reach a goal, take what you've learned and go after that goal again. Or set a new goal. You will change and grow, your interests will change and grow, and your goals will change and grow with you.
5. Set a deadline. Without a deadline you can fluff away for the rest of your life (that means you can just time-waste ... it's not a fart reference). You can say that you'll do the training tomorrow. You can say that the extra study can wait till tomorrow. You can say that you'll practise harder tomorrow. Well, guess what people? Tomorrow never comes, and if it does you'll be getting your brain sucked out through your eyeball hole! A deadline - a finish date - helps you focus. It makes you get out and do the extra work. And if you really go hard at your goal, chances are you might reach it before your deadline even arrives. Wouldn't that be sweet?
So use the zombie example. Set goals for yourself, put a timeframe on them, and work out the steps you want to take to reach them.
Then ... GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Be awesome everyone, and remember, if you really wanna live, you gotta be undead!
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