What are your 2019 Goals? And how to set them…
As 2018 comes to a close, what better time to start planning your goals for the New Year then now. Setting yourself goals is important. It is a way in which you can create drive and stimulate your mind.
We all know how hard it is to stick to New Year’s Resolutions, or remember why we even had them in the first place. However, making small changes as to how you measure your goals and why you’ve set them, will have you smashing them in no time.
Goal setting is important because it offers long-term vision, and short term motivation. We all know how mundane our routines can begin to feel a few months into the new year. Goals are our stepping stones toward achieving the bigger picture, whatever that maybe. The key to achieving your New Year’s goal is motivation, the desire to change your life.
Let’s remember, all successful leaders, business owners and athletes are avid goal-setters.
1. The “Why”
Goal Setting is a personal journey that requires more then just writing one idea down on paper. You need to delve into the why component of your goal. Why you would like to set that goal and achieve it.
When we set a goal, we need to ask ourselves “why do I want this”. This is a useful way to dissect strong personal motivators and drivers that help you want to achieve what you have set out. So, before we even begin to think of that end result, we must focus on the process that will allow us to achieve it. And in order to do that, we must find what our inner drivers are, that will keep us on track.
Furthermore, when configuring your goal motivators, ask yourself questions such as:
- What is my goal?
- Why do I want to achieve it?
- Why is that the reason I want to achieve it?
- Why does that reason make me happy?
Remember, goal setting is very personal and can only be achieved if you are honest with yourself and why/what you truly want. Configuring the “why” is the first step towards your personal goal setting journey.
2. Set Mini Goals
It may feel daunting trying to contemplate how you will achieve your long-term goal. It can seem so far out of reach which can be somewhat demotivating. This is where mini goals come into place.
Give yourself a timeframe. Do you want to achieve your set goal in 12 months? If so, breaking down those 12 months into mini goals is paramount. It is just as important to focus on the monthly process as it is the end result. Hold yourself accountable at the end of each month, create a checklist or reward system if you feel it will best motivate you.
3. Vision Board Your Goal
All business leaders, entrepreneurs, or leaders will tell you a vision board is the most useful way to visualise and motivate you. Not only do vision boards help to keep you focused, they work to clarify your goals, dreams and intentions. Visualisation is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do, to realise your goals. It is practised by some of the most successful leaders in the world, through what is known as the Law of Attraction.
An important note when creating your vision board, is to not only focus on what you want but how you want to feel. This can be a huge factor when driving you towards achieving your goal. Adding categories to your vision board can also help to narrow down your goal setting. For example you Amy divide your goals into:
4. Rid yourself of “dream killers” or Toxic people
Dream killers are people who believe we cannot do it. Those who add negativity in our lives, or place doubt in our minds can create barriers for our goals. They can have significant negative implications on your sub-conscious, limiting the likelihood of your success. Surround yourself with people that are as motivated as you are to achieve their goals. Seek out online forums or seminars that attract people like you. Listen to podcasts from people that have achieved their goals or life successes. Find out what motivated them and how they overcame their setbacks.
5. Stop Talking and, DO.
It can become easy to talk about what you want to achieve. But in order to actually achieve it, you must take action and be proactive. Remind yourself of your goal everyday, wake up to your vision board, and work towards achieving your mini goals you have set in place.
If you want change in your life, you need to stop talking about it and do something about it. You will in no time, achieve more then you ever thought you could have.