You’ve probably heard someone say that the key to achieving a goal is to want it badly enough. If only life were that easy all the time. Research shows that setting lofty goals is often a recipe for falling short. But that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve big things this year. The secret to personal transformation is setting small, achievable goals that add up to change your life in a big and meaningful way.

 

Mapping your goals

You may already have a goal in mind, or like many, you may want to make a change but struggle with exactly what it is you want to accomplish. Goal setting is so much more than just a new fitness regime or a dedication to eating better. Here are some areas in your life to consider when mapping out how you’re going to transform it this year:

Mindset

Think about the fears or apprehensions that have held you back and how you can overcome those things. Maybe you want to work to become more positive, take more risks or express more gratitude for what you have?

Pleasure

Does it feel like you never take enough time for yourself? Set goals that involve making more time for you. It could be working toward that trip you’ve always dreamed of or setting aside a little time each week to do something you love. A little bit of ‘me time.’ Find ways to enjoy the journey whilst trying to get to the destination.

Career

Are you looking for something more out of your job? Have you always dreamed of starting a business but never made it happen? Or thinking of a total change in career? Or just embarking on your career journey?

Education

Is there a skill you’ve always wanted to develop or an area of knowledge that interests you?

Creative

Will this be the year you learn to paint? Maybe you’ve always felt like there’s a novel inside you just waiting to come out. Think about the creative pursuits that have always been in the back of your mind and go for it. Or maybe you have never been creative and want to find a creative hobby? Feel free to try different things.

Philanthropy

Set a goal that will help you make the world a better place for others. It could involve volunteering or donating to a new charity. Or just being a better neighbour.

Physical

From losing a few pounds to becoming more active, flexible, gaining strength or building muscle, there are plenty of options when it comes to setting physical goals. Make sure you set the ones that are meaningful to you. It is not always about weight loss. It is about being better and happier

 

Deconstruct your biggest goals

Once you determine what you hope to accomplish, it’s time to make a plan to put everything into play. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get going:

  1. Create small goals that fit your vision

A goal without a plan is a dream. Break down your big goals into smaller goals that can be broken down by day, week, month and quarter. Think of them as steps that will help you reach your vision. For instance, if your ambitions are health related, think of the little things you can do to build momentum. Start by replacing one meal a day with a healthy option. Once you have mastered that, cut out desserts or take a one mile walk three times a week and when that feels easy, up it to one and a half.

  1. Keep records

Use a spreadsheet, app or a whiteboard to check off smaller goals as you go. This will help you to stay motivated and see the progress you are making.

  1. Be specific

Set precise goals, and even add dates and times when possible to create a sense of accountability. This will also provide you with a record of your accomplishments, which will really add up over time and keep you motivated to accomplish the next.

  1. Be realistic

Don’t take on too much with your smaller goals. Make sure they are achievable at first and make them more difficult over time. Setting unrealistic goals at first will only lead to disappointment down the road because you tried to take on too much, too soon. Start small and build momentum.

  1. Celebrate your wins

At the end of each day reflect on your wins and celebrate them.  Plan a celebration when you have achieved a milestone. It is something to look forward to and it motivates you as well.

 

I’d love to hear what processes you use for setting goals and what has helped to keep you on track to achieve them. What have been the successes and the lessons learnt? I’m always interested in different tips and ideas, so please get in touch and share.

Equally, for those of you who may be looking for help and support in changing things in your life, please contact me. I have had the pleasure of helping lots of people over the years in this way. Maybe now it’s your turn!

Source: Aloe Life magazine, Issue 9 by Forever Living