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The Goals of Goal Setting: How to Make it Happen
In the spirit of the new year, we’re delivering, with the help of our UK collaborator Katarina Kupcikova @cookingwithkatarinak, a guide to assist you in setting & reaching those goals you are looking to achieve over the course of this new year. We hope this guide inspires & motivates you to reach for your true potential!
First, we must ask ourselves a few questions to get to the core of our goals, let’s get started. We encourage you to dive head first into these questions, allowing yourself to dig deep in your answers, and respond truthfully.
1. What is your purpose?
What is a purpose? A purpose is the intention to achieve a long-term goal that is personally meaningful to your life. Finding your purpose, no matter how big or small, is a tool to lead you to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.
2. What activities can help you accomplish your goals?
What is a goal? A goal is the end result. It’s what you’d like to achieve. It’s the big picture, and it generally remains consistent over time. For example, in your career, your goal may be to have financial security as well as to do what you love.
What is an activity? An activity is the nuts and bolts of accomplishing your goals. It’s a means to an end and the steps you take to reach your goals. Your activities will change over time and evolve according to which path you choose to follow.
HOW TO DEFINE GOALS THAT ALIGN WITH YOUR VISION & PURPOSE
Aim for congruity. Goals should be connected to who you really are so you can have congruity between how you’re spending your time – your activities – and what you’re feeling inside. Let your values drive your goals. Start by dividing your life into major categories, which will allow you to see the imbalances. Assess your primary foods: by thinking about your goals for your relationships, career, spirituality, and physical & mental health.
Give yourself permission to dream big. It’s common to question your right to have whatever you can dream. The sky’s the limit, so don’t let fear hold you back! Allow your goals to evolve. Know that you are not married to your goals as you define them right now. They are fluid and do not have to be perfect. They will, and should, change as you do. Pick two or three to get started, and be flexible and willing to adapt. If you find you aren’t making headway towards a goal, move on and let go. This will free you to move toward goals that are more aligned with your core values. Give yourself permission to move away from a previous goal, and honour that you may not be ready for this particular dream at this time.
“Unleash your true potential by breaking free of the unfair judgments you place on yourself. Be mindful of how you speak to yourself, show yourself the love you show others”. – Julie Katerine
FIND YOUR FOCUS & CLARITY
With aligned actions you will find clarity. You can improve decision making, time management, and efficiency, which will lead to further improved focus and clarity.
Engage in the Mirror Effect: as you focus your energy out into the world, it will always come back to you multiplied. This not only feels good but affirms that you’re on track. As the energy comes back, your passions will continuously grow stronger. This allows for growth you may have never thought possible.
“Stop allowing other people’s opinions and expectations overshadow your life”. – Julie Katerine
MAKING IT HAPPEN
- Write it down. Writing down your goal – putting it in black and white – makes it real. It creates clarity. When you can see where you’re going in writing, opportunities present themselves and help you get to the next step. Do this every day and ask yourself, what will it take to get there? The key is to start with small actionable goals.
- Identify your passion. What lights you up? List past successes. Reread your own resume. You’ll realize that you’re more than the sum of past accomplishments.
- Prioritize and close the gap. It’s important to close the gap between your activities (how you spend your time) and your goals. For example, if you tend to be overbooked, you may decide not to make your bed in the morning, so you can spend more time with your kids or have time to focus on yourself. But if your goal involves teaching your children to become more responsible around the house, lead by example and have everyone make their own bed every morning. Prioritization depends on your goals, where you are, and where you’re trying to go.
- Set deadlines and goal reminders. Goal Reminders can take many different forms. Experiment to find what works for you. Create a dream/vision board with affirmations, personal photos, and magazine clippings. Put your goals on index cards and post them around your home, office, or car. Repeat daily mantras to yourself to keep you on track.
- Keep Learning. Surround yourself with sources of motivation & inspiration. We recommend: @jayshetty @marieforleo @gabbybernstein. Have someone in your life to keep you accountable and to check in with you. Use your resources and be open to the advice they provide. No matter how big or small your goal, you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here for you, from health objectives to wellness advice, let us guide you!
Live your life. Adopt the Global Glow Lifestyle.