Solid goals come from an awareness of your foundations. Pick up a journal or pad of paper, and let’s get started!
1) Set aside 30 minutes – 1 hour of uninterrupted time and allow yourself to get deep. I spend an hour every Sunday doing this :)Goal setting is amplified this time of year, but is a skill worth investing in year round. Relax and let the words flow!
2) Define “success” and “happiness”. Really think about it: What do these words actually mean to you? Are you cultivating them through your daily actions and words?
3) What actions can you take which will bring you these feelings of success and happiness? How will you have found these a year from now?
4) Now that you’re confident in what happiness and success is defined as to you, you can focus your goals on these definitions.
PART A: DECIDE
You need to tell yourself and believe wholeheartedly that you will accomplish it. Adopt the mindset of “it’s happening”. There can be no “if” or “maybe” in the equation; rather, be confident that intentional, planned actions will get you there. All you need to do is invest the time. I incorporate planning strategic actions for next steps I can take into my morning routine to ensure that each day has a purpose.
PART B: FORESEE OBSTACLES AND HIT THEM WITH A PLAN
Know yourself and be aware of why past goals have failed. For example, if you start waking up early and going to the gym, ask yourself (truthfully!) if you will actually go, or whether your snuggly, warm bed will beckon you back during these winter months. How can you avoid obstacles such as these? If we use the example of hitting the snooze button, you could plan to:
– Put your alarm across the room, forcing you to get out of bed
– Prep a nice breakfast the night before or schedule your coffee maker to turn on ahead of time: No one wants a lukewarm coffee!
PART C: KNOW YOUR “WHY”
Your “why” is your reason for a goal, and without this burning purpose, when you hit a bump in the road, it’s going to be mighty difficult to stick to it. Why is this goal important to you? How will it add value to your life and make you feel awesome? This internal purpose behind goals is called “intrinsic motivation”; which yields incredibly more vibrant results than motivators of external rewards. (More on this in yesterday’s post!)
PART D: ADJUST YOUR INNER DIALOGUE AND RADIATE THE GOOD VIBES
The way that you think about your goals has a massive impact on their success rates. Associate your goal with the fact that you’re engaging in meaningful work and find joy in it- This will keep the fire lit. In what ways is your goal meaningful and how can you get excited about it? Who will encourage you on your jounrey and can you reach out to them?
I have found that writing these points out helps visualize your cognitive processes in critical thinking and builds the clarity needed to move forward effectively.
Sending you all tons of positivity for your new goals and resolutions! As always, I’d love to hear from you about your journey- send me a message via the contact page!