It’s that time of year again where for many individuals there is much discussion on setting goals and the excitement of what “could be” for the next 365 days. I, for one, am one of “those” people. Although I agree that January is a great time to reflect, evaluate and create a vision for the year, I understand that if it’s the ONLY time we do so, it will lead to failure and disappointment. So, here are a few useful tips to help you succeed in goal setting all year long and helping you get what you truly want!
Tip #1: Focus on what matters MOST. In the past, I created long lists of to do’s and filled up my calendar with tasks so as to appear I was REALLY working hard at improving my life and chasing after those dreams. Although it looked really productive, I often found myself feeling burnt out and overwhelmed. I was creating goals that stroked my ego but weren’t necessarily fulfilling or rewarding. This year, I decided to FIRST write out a list of what matters most and then I asked myself “what do I want this to look like” and “how can I achieve it?” Rather than filling up my calendar with busy-ness, I am now in alignment with what is most important to me and feeling fulfilled.
Tip #2: Be COMMITTED. As we all know, it’s super easy to be 100% on board in the beginning but as time goes by and life happens, it’s natural to put those goals on the back-burner or forget about them entirely….particularly if we aren’t getting the results as fast as we would like. My advice to you is to be committed to the PROCESS without worrying about the results and trust that it will sort itself out. Remember those universal truths that “for every action, there is a reaction” and “we reap what we sow.” This allows you to stay in a positive frame of mind and keep you focused on the end goal rather than what’s happening in the here and now.
Tip #3: Align your environment with your goals! Be intentional and create an atmosphere that will set you up for success. For example, hang pictures on the wall that have meaning, surround yourself with those who share similar goals or mindset, rid yourself of food that is tempting to eat but not good for you, and spend your time in places that fill your soul. If we want change in our lives we must ACTIVELY do something different to create that change.
Tip #4: Be ACCOUNTABLE. We all know that having someone to “report” to is necessary if we want to reach our goals. In my experience, when I have shared my goal with another, it makes my goal come alive and a reality. Yes, it can be scary taking a risk and putting yourself on the line when sharing a personal goal, but the more we say it out loud, the more we believe we can achieve it…which leads to my last tip!
Tip #5: Be open to the idea that you ARE limitless! You really are an AMAZING human being who can do anything you put your mind to. Don’t allow those limiting beliefs or fears get in your way (and if you do, just refer back to my previous letter in how to manage those painful emotions). Your thoughts only have as much power as you allow (whether positively or negatively) so use that power for good and create a life you deserve!
Well, that’s it for now! I would love to hear what your goals are for this upcoming year and support you in any way possible. Hey, we can even be accountability partners! :) I hope you find these tips helpful in making 2018 your very best year yet.
Till next time,