‘Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.’ – Tony Robbins.
Goals are the stepping stones to achieving your dreams. They bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
‘Most people don’t lead their life, they just accept their life.’ -John Carter
Plenty of people live life by default. They drift through life and in turn feel dissatisfied and unfulfilled. They are physically tired, spiritually drained, and far from where they’d like to be. Rather than identifying dreams, milestones and specific goals, they go through the motions day in and day out.
Instead of living by default, we can choose to live by design. Living by design means knowing what you want and working out a plan to get there. Being a creative, I am facinated by the elements of design. Design starts with concept, then creation. It begins with an idea, the idea moves into a plan and the plan is put into action.
What’s in a goal-The benefits of setting a goal
– Goal setting restores a sense of focus to your world.
– Goals clarify desires.
– Goals provide you with a framework for smarter choices.
– Goals set you to a course of action.
– Goals help you to act on your priorities.
– Goal setting brings energy into your days.
Here are 3 tips to setting and reaching your goals;
1 ) It starts with a dream…
‘It is necessary for a person to go away by themselves…to sit on a rock…& ask “Who am I, where have I been and where am I going?‘ -Carl Sandburg
Take time to be quiet. The human heart was meant for times of quiet—to peer deep within. Schedule some quiet “dream time” this week. No cellphone. No computer. No noise. Just you, a pad, a pen and your thoughts. Close your eyes and imagine your life in detail five years from now? Where do you live? Where do you work? What is your job title? What do you look like? What does your relationship with your spouse and kids look like? How do you spend your time together? What does your financial state look like? Where do you volunteer? Spend a few minutes day-dreaming about what your ideal life would look like. From that insight, you can begin the process of goal setting.
2 ) Set a S.M.A.R.T goal
One of the key reasons people fail to reach their goals, is their goals are too vague. “I want to lose weight”, or “I want to read more” are not real goals, they are actually mere wishes. In order to reach your goals, they have to be S.M.A.R.T.
S – Specific. What exactly would like to achieve? To set a specific goal you must answer the 6 ‘w’ questions:
Who is involved?
What do I want to accomplish?
Where? (Identify location).
When? (Establish a time frame).
Which? (Identify requirements and constraints).
Why? (What are the specific reasons for accomplishing the goal?)
M – Measurable. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.
A – Achievable. Is your goal really achievable given your unique set of circumstances? Make sure the goal is not out of reach or below standard performance.
R – Relevant. Is this goal really worth achieving and does it fit in with your values & priorities? Set goals that are important to you, goals that will give you a sense of satisfaction once reached.
T – Time-bound. A goal should be grounded within a time frame. There must be target dates and a deadline. With no time frame tied to it, there’s no sense of urgency.
Example: Turning a goal like “I want to run more” into a S.M.A.R.T goal, would look more like this: I want to run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 30mins from 6:30am-7am along the beach.
3) Power of Accountability
‘Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to result.’ Bob Proctor
Accountability helps to fuel momentum. If a goal is set and only one person knows it, does it really have any power? Many times, no. A goal isn’t as powerful if you don’t have one or more people who can hold you accountable to it. This can be a friend, a life coach, a gym partner or a mentor.
If you would like to apply this information within your own life, why not join us on the next ‘Design a life you love’ workshop on Saturday the 7th of May.
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