I want to talk about 3 tricks for goal setting because I don’t know about you, days, weeks and month sometimes disappear at a speed that quantum physics is yet unable to explain.
In all transparency I used to set resolutions but over time learned that it didn’t actually work for me. It’s the “one day I will” phase or the “I get started and then fall off the wagon” phase. While I am not anti-smart goals because they are valid to help you set goals that are practical, measurable, and achievable. I much prefer writing out my vision for the year of what I want to feel like, what I would like to achieve and then pull the goals out of my writing.
A few years ago, I did this process and ended up writing two books and create 2 coloring books because that’s what I wanted to do.
What about you? Have you set your goals?
Congratulations if you already have! You get extra kudos if you have committed them to paper.
If you haven’t established your goals, get at it!
I offer three tricks to setting your goals.
- Make them personal. Set your goals for you, not someone else.
- Write out your vision for the year – what do you want to do, how do you want to feel
- Read through it and then pick goals that support vision that are personal or work related, or both.
Actually there is no magic to this exercise. Just ask yourself, “What do I really want to accomplish this year before another year passes?
I work with people who want to improve their lives, who have dreams and ideas that they believe could be the ticket to create the change they want. And one of the things that always comes up is that they don’t write down their goals, now mapped out any strategies to make them happen. It pains me to think how much more successful they would be if they set tangible goals, developed a plan to reach those goals, and get the support to show up for themselves.
In addition to the 3 tricks for goal setting, I also recommend to keep your goals visible. They do you no good tucked away in a binder or shoved in a drawer. Post them in your office, carry them on a small card in your wallet or purse, and put a copy on your closet door to look at every morning when you get dressed, or consider putting it on your computers screen saver. Write them in your journal every single day. Subliminal reminders work. And don’t forget to track your progress. I found keeping my running log updated every second day was all I needed.
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