Use Goal Setting To Give You That Little something extra To  Break Through!

Is there something you want to achieve? Is there something you've decided it's time to take on? 

Goal setting may just do the trick... 

You'll create within yourself... extra motivation, focus, and concentration... Whatever you're challenging right now, a little change in focus can make a significant difference in results!

If you love self-improvement, psychology, words of wisdom, the art of living well, you're in the right place. 

There's loads of reasons you might want to set a goal: Maybe you're wanting to eat better, start exercising, improve your work situation, save money, work through illness, lower your stress, find love, connect more with friends...   

There's usually one thing that jumps out at you. One thing you know you want more than anything else. You'll find energy and boldness here and be moved to take action!

How to start setting some goals today

There are many ways to go about setting goals. Here's a couple of examples:

You could focus on something in the short term. This can be helpful if you know you want to do something today, this week, this month, but can't seem to bring yourself to do it. Short term goals can help you win the battle with procrastination. Which can be really annoying!

Short Term

  • Write down something you want to do, or some result you want to see. (e.g. Lose 3kg, read a few books, catch up with old friends).
  • Write down when you want to do it by (e.g. Lose 2kg by the 1st of next month). 

If you are especially busy or unwell be kind to yourself when it comes to deciding when. You may not want extra pressure right now. Maybe a slight shift in focus and awareness is enough. You may even prefer not to set a specific date. Even just naming a month, or season can be helpful. There are many ways. Try and choose an approach that sings to you right now.

  • Check that it can be measured so you know when you have completed it (If you are trying to lose weight do you have scales?). 

Once again, this is a rough guideline and is sometimes a good idea and at other times perhaps not. Above all, you want an approach that fits you, is enjoyable, and matches your situation. 

  • Have a copy of your goal somewhere. Maybe keep it on your phone notes or laptop. Or on your goal setting app if you have one. If you're old-school you may want to write it on a piece of paper and stick it up on your fridge. 

Now... enjoy your new-found motivation which is on it's way. If you are facing illness or a major challenge too much pressure can be stressful. Bear this in mind and try and set goals that help you move forward a little, steadily. Treat yourself kindly may be a good goal for you.

Long Term

Another option available to you is thinking in the long term or creating a vision. The motivation created is more subtle but if it's true to your heart it can help with direction, prioritising, and acting as a compass. Here's the gist...

  • Write down some things you want to achieve in the future. The final result might be a list of around 10-50 of your personal dreams and wishes. Think through all area's of your life and write down everything that comes to mind. Add to it in the following weeks, months, and years until you have something you are pleased with which defines your vision for the future. You can use one of these worksheets to walk you through the whole process. 
  • Go through your list and write down how many years it might take you to reach each dream next to it. Complete flexibility here. You might write down a 10, 20, or 30 for really huge dreams and perhaps a 1, 3 or a 6 for a medium term dream. It all depends on you. There are no wrong answers! Don't worry too much about accuracy and realism here. Have fun! 

If you start goal setting what's in it for you?

  • You'll achieve more - When someone wants to achieve something in any field… think of Chistiano Ronaldo, Usain Bolt, Richard Branson... they probably do many things well. One thing they definitely do is set goals.
  • You'll become more decisive - When you're clear about where you're going it’s easier to decide on the best action to take. Decision making becomes easier.
  • You'll have more enthusiasm about the future - I know the whole vision thing might seem a bit ridiculous when you first write it down. BUT, although subtle, it does create a sense of possibility and hope. 
  • You'll become less Distracted - One cool thing about having some clarity of where you're going (whether it's pie in the sky or not!) is... Less distractions. It becomes easier to say “I appreciate the offer but no thanks”. Of course this could be good and bad. Finding a nice balance that works for you is important.
  • You'll grow in capability - Doing this whole goal setting thing points to a life of growth (whatever that means to you) and bringing out more of your capabilities. Over time, you'll become more capable by setting goals. You'll grow at a faster rate.

Free resources to work through your dreams and goals

You can find resources such as different worksheets and various templates for every kind of goal you're thinking of setting below. 

Most popular areas you can set wise goals in

Have you got a goal in mind you want to focus on now? Below are some popular areas that you might want to focus on...

Goal setting articles 

We've probably heard it 100 times. But sometimes we all need a quick reminder to jog our memory. Why it all works? How it all works? How to make your goal smart etc etc... You will find articles on all this below.

Thanks for popping by...

Well done for visiting the goal setters dojo and honing your skills once again!

Wishing your great success!

James 

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