My intention for your transformation TODAY:
No matter where you are in life, no matter what you want… by the end of this post you will have clear goals and a clear action plan to start achieving each and every one of them.
To me there is something about realigning your life with a good goal setting / goal reviewing session that is really powerful. For others, the feeling may not be so positive. If you have set a goal and attempted to achieve it once, twice, three times, ten times and then just given up I may be able to help.
Regardless of where you are at in your life, albeit at the best peak you have seen yet or the lowest and darkest shallows, goal setting can help.
If the last time you thought about goal setting was over a beer (or more than one) on new years eve only to wake up the next day realising you broke the oath at 12.01am then you definitely need to stick around for this.
The 7 steps to setting a goal and achieving them (GRAB YOUR JOURNAL!);
Step 1. Identify “the what”.
Identify what it is you want, or don’t want for that matter and get clear about how you would like it to be. It is important to be specific. If your intention is to achieve a goal simply to “achieve it” then you’re probably not on the money. It’s the journey of going through the processes of the goal that makes up a big part of feeling “fulfilled” at the end of it. If you’re not happy with a certain area of your life then ask yourself, if you could be happy, what would happiness look like? A goal can be anything that matters to you; starting a business, getting a new job, a new car, having a baby, getting married, finding love, loosing weight, getting healthy, buying a new TV, owning your own home, buying stocks, starting a business, improving your inner balance, improving your relationship, make X amount of money, start a charity, travel, finish a book, write a book, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on and on. So, what do you DO in step 1? Start by putting on a piece of music, something inspiring, grab your success journal and a pen, close your eyes and visualise exactly what it is you want. Spend a few minutes really getting clear and then start writing everything you want, all the goals you would like to achieve in the next year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, define your life on your terms and dare to dream. Even if you don’t believe you can achieve it, write it anyway, have fun with step 1.
Step 2. Prioritise.
Highlight about 3-5 of your top priority goals you would like to achieve in the next 1 year, then do the same for the next 3-5 years and then the next 10 years. So you should have about 9-15 goals to achieve in the next decade with enough clarity to paint a good picture of life on your terms. Even if you don’t think or know how you will achieve them, highlight them anyway.
Step 3. Frame.
Start with the 1 year goals. Identify what beliefs have limited you from achieving these goals to date. Is it that you believe that by going for the goals you will not have enough time for yourself or your family? Do you believe that you will loose love if you try and achieve them? What are the limiting beliefs? And be honest with your self. Next, ask yourself “What would I have to believe for my limiting belief to be un-true?” For example, if one of your limiting beliefs is that by working on the achievement of your goal you won’t have enough time for your family, then, a more empowering belief would be “there is more than enough time to balance between myself, my family and my goals” or if your limiting belief is that by working on the goal you will loose love from someone, in which case, a more empowering belief would be “by achieving (goal) the relationship between me and (person) will grow stronger than ever before!”. Can you see where we are going with this?
Step 4. Plan.
Brainstorm and number of possible things you can do right now, today, and over the next few days, weeks and months to actively achieve your goal. This is the part where you start to put a plan in place. Break down the tasks into weekly and/or daily tasks. Set time frames when you expect to have achieved a certain step required so that you will be on your way to achieving the goal, and, monitoring your progress along the way.
Step 5. Act.
Take ACTION! By now you will have greater clarity and with that comes certainty. But it’s easy to just go with the good feeling of knowing you have a goal and the “prospect” of achieving it and so often people stop here. The journey hasn’t started yet! You need to take step 5 and that is, ACTION. You have to do something, anything, from the list you generated in step 4. Start anywhere, you will quickly learn what you don’t know and what you need to do in more detail so with practice you will become very resourceful (which comes in abundance by the way, you just have to start, strangely, magic happens!)
Step 6. Focus.
Maintain a peak state from here on in. Remember, language, focus, physiology (check out my other posts which talk about this in depth). Regularly review your progress. Be grateful along the way. Continuously reflect on your progress and celebrate the small achievements along the way.
Step 7. Celebrate.
Celebrate! Celebrate the achievement of getting a goal accomplished. Go out to dinner with someone special, especially if they offered you support along the way. Share your accomplishments, life is best celebrated with people you love, or could love for that matter. Tap yourself on the shoulder, boast a little, contrary to popular belief and practise it is ok to walk with a puffy chest when you achieve something and your proud. We are what we do!
Fewww, that was a bit long, but so important I had to share it. Give yourself what your worth, take the time if you weren’t already doing this along the way, and go through these 7 steps. Your dreams will thank you for it!