The Power Of Goals

February 13, 2012 by

Most of the time when we approach goal setting it is because:

  1. you feel that your life lacks focus
  2. your present goals seem stale or don't excite you anymore
  3. you'd like to change careers
  4. you want to find your life's purpose
  5. when there is something you want to achieve and you need guidelines
Use a Journal

Use a Journal

Goals need to be specific. They also need to be truly your own, not your family's or anyone's but yours. You also need to know when to let go, to change course. Goals evolve. To get what you want, you must know what it is that you want. Take some time with a journal and relax. Let your mind take you to your ideal day. Where do you want to live, what does your home look like? Who do you live with - do you live alone? Who else is in your life. What do you do in your perfect career? Do you teach, or are you an artist? Maybe your day is filled with writing as an author or preparing speeches as a speaker. What do you do when you're not working? Don't let your present life dictate any of your dreams, just let your imagination flow, let it provide the details. When you're ready write it in your journal.

Goals need to be specific. In your journal using a page for each write at the top - career, relationships, self-care, fun, lifestyle, inner life. Now, read over your ideal day and list the specific goals from your ideal day for each category. Then write your why next to each. The why is very important to moving you towards your goal!  The why is what will give you the juice to get there.

Your Colorado Ranch House

Your Colorado Ranch House

Break it down backwards. Take one of the goals. Choose a time period. An example would be I live in Colorado on 100 acres of land in a ranch house. Keep it in the present tense. For this goal you could chose 5 years. Now break it down into 1 year intervals. So a 1 year goal would be to increase your income by X dollars. Next break it down to six months so that goal could be saving $2,000.00 and taking a trip to Colorado to see the area of your choice. After this decide on your one month goal. This goal may be to do more indepth research on the cost of properties in the area of your choice. This is easily done online. Now set a goal for the week. A good one would be to start to visualize your ideal day in your ranch house. Continue to visualize through the whole process and build on it. Keep it in the present, expand it and feel how it is. Get emotionally involved in this. Repeat this process in all the other areas of your life.

Are there elements of your ideal life already in place? Good! Practice gratitude for what is. We have much to appreciate!

Goals are made to evolve. They can be remolded and changed, they are not set in stone. Check in with yourself monthly to make additions, updates and changes to your goals.

Share an idea or goal you have in the comments section. I'd like to hear your thoughts. What's going on for you? Do you have goals? How do you set and achieve them?

Judith

 

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