Good morning and happy holiday week!
Something my husband said to me twice this year stopped me in my steps [and inspired this post].
He said, very calmly and matter of fact,
“you’re living your dream.”
I am. I accomplished more in 2016 than I ever thought possible. I completed 7 months of yoga teacher training, was promoted at work, grew my blog numbers more than I ever thought I could with a full time job, started focusing on personal training in real life (online programs coming soon!), started planning to develop workshops for the yoga studios where I teach and the list goes on.
That’s where the inspiration comes in, what made this year so productive? How is it that I’m living my dream? I don’t have a simple answer, but I can say I could not have done it without my family AND goals.
I wasn’t going to find more time in a day so I had change some of my priorities, accept that I couldn’t do it all, OPTIMIZE MY TIME and keep my focus on what is going to affect my life and my family in the most positive ways.
I have created The Ultimate Guide for Creating Goals In the New Year, a guide for setting goals that outlines the process that I used about a year ago going into 2016.
Speaking of goals. Some years they’re resolutions. Other years it’s intentions. Whatever you call it and whatever works best for you and your success, go with it. The process is essentially the same.
What is that quote? You know. The one about if you want something different you have to do something different. I think it was by Chalene Johnson. That’s what I did.
I approached 2016 and all that I wanted to do differently.
SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
Ask your self what you really want. What is it that you are looking for? What do you want to achieve? You need to be clear about your goals and what you want to accomplish. And remember, the goals need to be S.M.A.R.T. Goal-settng is one of the best ways to stay motivated and on track. If you have a clear purpose and know your WHY, you’re more likely to persevere.
Benefits Of Setting Goals
There are many benefits to setting goals. The following is a list of some of the benefits:
- Goals direct your attention and efforts.
- Goals help you idenitify what is within your control and how you will overcome obstacles.
- Goals are empowering.
- There is a satisfaction in the process and the accomplishments.
- Setting goals can increase self-confidence.
- Setting goals keeps you focused on what is most important.
- Goals increase motivation.
Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals
SPECIFIC What exactly do you want to achieve in as much detail as possible. Goals should contain a detailed description of what is to be accomplished; when it is to be accomplished and the actions that will be taken to accomplish it. A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal.
MEASURABLE How you will know when you’ve achieved your goal. Make it quanitifable. Assign a number to it. Keeping track of progress gives you incentive to keep going.
ATTAINABLE The right mix of goals that are challenging, but not too extreme.
REALISTIC An objective toward which you are willing and able to work. A goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.
TIMELY Have a specific date of completion. The date should be realistic but not too distant in the future. When we set a timeline our goal becomes a priority and we maintain focus.
I know, we’ve all been there, goals set and never achieved, right? That doesn’t mean we should stop trying.
As you’re dreaming big and planning goals to live those dreams keep this in mind,
The point of setting intentional goals isn’t to to plan your entire life. The goals are a guide to help you find your purpose and live your best life.
Life happens, priorities change and interests change. Goals aren’t set in stone. You can always change your goals or change the path to achieving your goals.
So excited to share this with you!
This is the beginning of living your best life. The beginning of living your dreams!
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I’d love to chat:
Do you set goals for the new year? What are you goals for 2017? Do you call them goals, resolutions or intentions?
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