Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Goal setting begins with something you want to achieve. Do you want to land a new job? Do you want to finish your course? Save a specific amount of money? Learn a new skill? Complete an thrill seeking adventure? Go on a holiday? Buy a new car?

Whatever it is, you need to write it down!! I cannot stress that enough. There is something very powerful that happens in your mind when you see your goal in your own handwriting. And again, write it down, in your own handwriting and put it where you will see it regularly. Stick it to your bedroom mirror, on the back of the toilet door, in your car. You need to see it.

Follow the SMART principles to create a realistic goal that you will be motivated to achieve.

Is it specific?
Goals like I want a new car or lots of money aren’t specific enough. Which car do you want to buy? How much money do you want to earn? What industry do you want a new job in? What is the skill you want to learn? Make it specific and also consider your why factor. You’ll be much more motivated to achieve a goal if you attach a why statement to it such as I want to quit smoking to improve my breathing ability and health.

Is it measurable?
It’s not enough to set a goal like I want to be happy or successful because it’s hard to measure when you get there. Setting a goal like I want to add 10 clients to my business in the next 12 months is measureable because when you hit that 10th client, you’ll be there.
Your goal should also be something meaningful because you’ll be more motivated to achieve it. Goals to do with health are usually more meaningful especially if you’ve had a health scare.

Is it attainable?
Your goal should be realistic and achievable. I want to earn $100,000 in the next week may not be realistic if you’re unemployed or on a fixed income, that’s more of a wish, but I want to earn $100,000 in 5 years time due to promotions and increased sales is a more realistic goal.

Is it relevant?
Is it something you can manage to achieve in your current lifestyle? A goal of I want to become a best selling author won’t be relevant if you hate writing. Just as I want to travel the world on my own may not quite work if you have a young family.

Is there a time frame?
Goals are much more achievable if you set a time frame for them. A goal of I want to visit Italy by 2019 is more motivating than I want to travel the world at some point in my future. Put a time limit on it to push you towards getting there.

Remember that your goals are not just about the destination but the fun along the way, the lessons learned and the person you grow into on your journey.

What’s your goal?

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Just start where you are

Just start where you are

I’m generally happy with all areas of my life, or at least where they’re heading, but the one area I’ve struggled the most with is health and fitness. Which of course includes my weight. I’m currently about 5-6 kilos more than where I’d like to be which doesn’t sound like a lot but on my height, it sure feels like a lot. And when you’re not happy, it doesn’t how close you are, you just find it hard to be happy.

Now why don’t I do something about it? It comes down to a lack of time, energy and motivation. All in my control. I can choose to wake up an hour earlier to get a workout in. I can choose to plan my meals in advance to avoid grabbing takeaway. I can choose to have a bowl full of fruit available to snack on instead of picking the wrong snacks. It’s more in my control than what I tell myself.

I also made the mistake many people do and that is wait for a Monday, or the beginning of the month and January, yes the epitome of ‘New Year New Me’ resolutions. I thought that beginning on a Monday improved my chances of making a good go of it. However, every Monday rolled around and it passed on by without me just starting. So, I resolved I’d definitely start next Monday. For sure! Next Monday is it!!

The truth is you don’t need January, the 1st of a month or a Monday to start anything. Yesterday was a Thursday and I pushed myself to start. I feel great, sore today in muscles that haven’t been worked on in months, but definitely happier for having started. And definitely keen to work out today and not let yesterday go to waste.

Just start right where you are. You don’t need to be great to start but you do need to start to be great.