There is so much possibility and potential and, after a period of reflection, I start to think about what I want to create and achieve.
I set goals for myself. Just a few, but they create a framework, or a map of where I want to go, or where I am heading.
I know that goal setting isn’t for everyone. Some like to live in the present and see where Life takes them. I respect that.
I am someone who likes to be proactive and think ahead. It works for me, and these are a few questions that help me to get started:
This is how I break it down:
- Set goals that motivate you:
It is important that you want to achieve these goals. We often frame our “resolutions” in the negative – “I want to lose, give up, quit…” Frame your goals in the positive. What are you setting out to achieve? Is it better self-care, better health, more creativity? Also, don’t overwhelm yourself with too many goals. Choose the ones you know you will work on.
- List the purpose and benefits of each goal:
Purpose becomes the fuel that gets us going. Ask yourself, “why do you want to do this?” My purpose usually comes down to one thing – a need to express my Soul. This need fuels my creativity and I feel a sense of connection to Life when I do things that reflect my purpose. It may take time to discover your purpose, but it is worth searching for because it will energize your efforts in reaching your goals.
- Breakdown each goal into manageable steps:
This is so important! We can’t get anywhere without knowing the steps we need to take. And each step becomes a “milestone” towards our goals. Ask yourself, “what do I need to do” and brainstorm for each goal.
- Commit to a timetable, or set deadlines:
There is no point in setting goals if you are not going to work towards them. Setting a timetable helps keep us on track and we can hold ourselves accountable. Only you will know how long each goal will take, so set realistic deadlines.
- Get support:
We all need cheerleaders along the way and words of encouragement can help, especially when we become doubtful, or critical of ourselves. Do not go to people who are negative, or jealous, or who will minimize your efforts. This could set you back. Even if you need a good therapist or a life coach to keep you accountable, it may be worth investing in yourself this way.
- Celebrate your “milestones”
This is something we often forget to do. We are onto the next step, or next goal, without taking the time to acknowledge our achievements, no matter how small. We can learn and grow each step of the way and celebrating shows us how far we have come.
These steps have helped me. Sometimes our goals don’t work out, but then I believe the Viktor Frankl quote that we grow just from trying to achieve them.
Good luck for 2016 & Happy New Year!