Yep, you read that right.
But goals? Now? In a global pandemic? That’s a little tone-deaf and insensitive, right?
Not necessarily. It all depends on how you look at it.
One thing we’ve all gained during shelter-in-place is time — time to think, time to reflect, and time to plan. As challenging as this time has been, it has also given us the opportunity to ponder what we want our futures to look like and how we might get there.
Our hopes and dreams don’t go away just because there is a pandemic.
Maybe your goal is to go to college. Maybe it’s to learn a new hobby. Or maybe it’s just to survive until things get back to normal. Maybe you have one goal. Or maybe you have 20. There is no right or wrong; your goals are personal to you.
If you haven’t thought about goals, now is a great time to make them. And if you decided to put them on pause in the last few months, now is the time to dust them off.
COVID-19 doesn’t get to determine your future. You do.
Her are five reasons why it’s more important than ever to make those goals and go for it:
- You’ll feel empowered. You know the feeling you get when you set out to achieve something, and then you do? And not only checking off the box, but really rocking it? Accomplishment is a great boost to our self-esteem and mental health. Give yourself a doable challenge and you’ll start to focus on what you *can* control rather than what you can’t.
- You will inspire yourself and others. It takes guts to go after your dreams on a normal day, let alone during a time where it feels like the world is ending. By making progress on your own priorities, you will start to wonder what else you can achieve. You might start to consider goals that you once considered too bold or never considered at all. You will start to wonder what else you can achieve, and you might even light a fire in others who look to you as the example.
- It shifts your mindset. By breaking a big goal into smaller tasks — and celebrating the completion of each — your brain starts to focus on the positive rather than the negative. In the stressful time we’re living in, it’s so easy to dwell on what you can’t do or don’t have. If you focus on what you CAN do and do still have, your mental health will thank you.
- You’ll grow in new ways. You’ll learn new things you may never have otherwise. You may discover a natural talent you never knew you had. Or maybe you will find a new way of working that you will carry with you forever. When our calendars are full and we are constantly completing tasks that other people tell us we need to do, we don’t have time to reflect in the same way. Use this time to work at your own pace in your own way and see what happens.
- It’s fun. You might form new relationships or re-kindle old ones. Your journey might lead you down a path you never expected and give you lots of unpredictable joy along the way. When you finally reach your goal, looking back and seeing how far you’ve come is incredibly satisfying. And it’s really fun to think about where your next journey might take you.