Do you use goal setting in your life?
Perhaps you use it more than you realise – perhaps you have a fitness goal, are looking to reduce weight and create healthier habits, do you have an outfit you’d like to fit in to? or maybe you are looking to change your job or career?…Either way in order to succeed we need to set goals, without goals there is a lack of direction.
As we enter the new year I hear many people talking about their New Years resolutions, something I have set many a time over the years, however rarely did I stick to them. These days I tend to goal set rather than resolution set, there seems to be a little more substance to a goal than that of a resolution – but perhaps that’s just my perception.
So, why goal setting ?
Goal setting creates focus and purpose, a purpose to be, a purpose for getting up each day, but in order to accomplish a goal successfully it is important to know how to set a goal.
A clear objective is essential –
– What is it you would like to achieve?
– What would it mean to you to achieve your goal?
– How would you feel if you didn’t achieve your goal?
Motivation is key when it comes to goal setting, if it doesn’t motivate you sufficiently you are wasting your time – know your WHY.
Write it down, when we see it in black and white we can then begin to visualise, with visualisation comes reality, with reality comes emotion and when we experience the emotion we know that we are experiencing our why.
Keep yourself on track, set reminders and keep prompts in prominent positions in places you see on a regular basis – notes on the fridge or on your mirror, reminders on your devices. Make yourself accountable, share your goals with friends and ask them for their support.
Another tool that can prove helpful when goal setting is the wheel of life – this can help you identify areas of your life where you are content or you feel could do with some change.
The “Wheel of Life” model contains eight segments which, together, represent one way of describing a whole life.
When completing the wheel place 1 nearest the centre and 10 on the outer circle.
1 represents least satisfied and 10 most satisfied.
In order for you to get the best out the wheel you must be completely honest with yourself.
This exercise can also be very beneficial if you do it with your partner.
I will add at this point that it is unlikely that all segments will line up initially, do not take this as a negative, what it will reveal are the areas within your life that are not where you would like them to be and can be addressed within your goal setting.
So as we sit here in January of 2020, not only the start of a new year, but also a new decade, ask yourself, what would I like to achieve this year?
Where do I see myself in 3, 6 or 12 months time?
What will I have achieved?
Perhaps it’s time to reboot, reset and kickstart – remember, everything is possible when the desire is there.