Essential goal setting guide to help set you up for success!
Welcome to the second edition of Create Your Best Life, the ultimate goal setting guide to help you live with intention and become the best version of yourself.
This is my favorite post of the entire year! I get the impression that many feel the same. The release of my first goal setting guide actually crashed my site.
I love the energy of making changes, learning and personal growth.
After years of successfully setting annual goals and intentions, from running 13 half marathons in one year, becoming certified a personal trainer and a yoga instructor and many things in between, I’ve compiled a system with tools, tips, forms and motivation to help you do the same.
As you scroll through this guide it may feel a little overwhelming, at first. You can overcome the overwhelm!
I’m in the process of going through the guide to set my goals for the new year. There’s so so much I want to experience, do and learn!
Let’s get started.
Set aside small amounts of time over the course of a week or 2 to read, absorb and ponder the process and information. Going through the process will help overcome the overwhelm by helping you plan so you’re not trying to accomplish everything all at once. The time spent will be worth it!
If you’re having a hard time coming up with goals or having too many, check out the tips to brainstorm your goals:
- set aside 5-10 minutes to simply brainstorm ideas
- think about the things that are truly important to you
- narrow down to a specific area of life- family, career, health, charity, money, travel, etc.
- write down anything and everything that comes to mind- nothing is too big or too small (you can narrow down the list later)
Don’t just go through the motions of day-to-day life.
You can achieve personal fulfillment and growth by giving your actions and energy purpose and direction. Setting goals provides focus and helps shape our dreams into reality. Goals give us the ability to live life with intention and to hone in on the actions we need to perform to achieve what we desire in life.
Setting personal goals can be one of the most life-changing, challenging things you do. In the process of setting your goals you not only learn about yourself, but also discover your priorities and what you truly want out of life. Priorities and desire then become a guide for your actions.
6 Tips To Align Your Actions with Your Priorities
- Be aware of how you currently spend your time
- Identify the non-negotiables. The things that simply HAVE to be done.
- Make a short list of 2-3 actions-for-the-day every morning.
- Do something relevant to your goal every day.
- Keep time open for non-goal related activities.
- Journal your progress at the end of the day.
There are actually neurological reasons for why setting goals is hard. An awareness and understanding why goals can be challenging can help you succeed at whatever you want to do.
BENEFITS OF SETTING GOALS
Some of the benefits of goal setting include:
- 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.
Ask your self what you really want. What are your priorities? What is it that you are looking for? What do you want to achieve?
SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
There is a huge power in writing your goals down even if you never develop an action plan or do anything else (not recommended). Henriette Anne Klauser documents this in her fascinating book, Write It Down and Make It Happen. When you write something down, you are stating your intention and setting things in motion.
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.
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 plan your entire life. The goals are a guide to help you find your priorities and purpose and live your best life.
Accountability is key to accomplishing your goals and helps to stay motivated. Accountability is when you take responsibility for your actions. When you “own” them and it’s key to improving your health and wellness.
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.
THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE. THE BEGINNING OF LIVING YOUR DREAMS!
Takeaways for successful goal setting:
- Align your goals with your priorities to make them meaningful and give them value
- Write your goals down
- Break your goals down into manageable action steps
- Goals are not set in stone, revisit your goals throughout the year and make changes if needed
- Celebrate the successes, big and small!
Setting a goal isn’t about the goal itself; it’s about the structure you create to help yourself succeed.
I’m so excited to share this with you!
I’d love to know, do you set goals at the beginning of a new year? What are some of the things you want to accomplish, experience or learn about in 2018?
be the best version of YOU