For goals to be really achievable, being specific is the key to clarity and success. Being specific means that as you work on setting your goal, you review what you want to change or add or even subtract as you become clear about what you want to achieve.
Ideally, you will want to break down larger, long term goals into smaller parts, aiming for at least five small, achievable goals.
For each goal, I would suggest considering three action steps or activities that would lead to achieving the goal.
Planning and preparation will lay the groundwork for success and it is easy to get so caught up in planning that you may experience “paralysis by analysis”….. and need to revisit the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Sweetheart). Once you have overcome any hurdles and created a workable plan, then you can focus on your productive actions.
What do you need to do daily, weekly, monthly?
What is achievable or easily attainable?
Evaluate each step as you take consistent action. Create a list of the most productive actions you can take.
What are you doing to move yourself forward to achieving that first goal, then the next and so on? You may even find that bolder actions will bring about bigger results.
Take a weight loss client for instance. Three action steps they could take would be:
- eating less – tracking calories/kilojoules and portion sizes
- exercising more regularly – starting off with gentle exercise and increasing intensity with each goal achieved
- creating a deadline – don’t create stress by setting an unrealistic timeline – the cortisol will help keep that weight on – detach from the outcome and daily weigh ins and have Plan B in place if there may be events out of your control.
To be continued…….
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There is a difference between setting a goal and achieving that same goal.
The idea of setting a goal is to move you from one place (usually “stuck”) to another. If you don’t know the way, you may well get lost or easily sidetracked, but if you have a map, even a rudimentary one or an ancient one – well used, you will get there more easily.
You may need to adjust your journey according to the conditions at the time.
For me to set a goal, I also need to include some measure of flexibility. The first thing to think about when setting a goal is where do you want to go to or achieve?
To achieve your goal you need to follow some specific steps.
Seems simple enough, but let me share some steps that I use with coaching clients with you to make it easier. Traditional and specific ways of setting a goal that I have found useful are based on using the following prompts:
- When – setting a date for when you want to achieve your goal
- What – what exactly do you want? State this in the present tense so that your subconscious mind registers the goal “as if” the goal has been achieved.
- Where – if you are looking for a new house or a job, where do you want it to be?
- How – how will you achieve your goal?
- Who – do you have anyone to help you achieve your goals? Who can you enlist to be accountable?
- Why – What are the benefits to YOU for achieving your goals?
To be continued….
There is an element of risk in most things – driving your car, walking down the street – life is full of possible risks and there is no guarantee that we won’t encounter risk of some sort in our lifetime. There is a great book, Feel the Fear and do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers that encourages us to turn fear into action.
One of the benefits (yes, there are benefits) of coming down with the flu or something similar, is that it gives you time to reflect on a whole host of things and usually in an altered state of reality. Allowing yourself time to reflect is certainly part of the healing process and should you subscribe to the effects of various celestial events, all part of the process to work towards enlightenment.
I was recently gifted an Akashic Records session and accepted it without hesitation. So, with the old adage in mind “nothing ventured, nothing gained”, the session was booked in. As the process began, I started to feel quite emotional which was unusual as the session was being done over the phone. Allowing myself to go with the flow and experience this journey, it was somewhat disconcerting to hear the facilitator telling me she saw an archway behind me and a guide standing there. She wouldn’t have realized that the door to my clinic room was open and the hallway arch was behind me! The other images and metaphors that were revealed were equally as fascinating as the guides communicated through her to me.
Of interest to me was the observation that I have been getting sick as a result of fear of letting go. This certainly fitted in with my realization that I have had frequent illnesses since leaving teaching….. I need to fully let go of the unhelpful energies around a disappointing teaching position and open up to the flow and trusting that I will always be safe when connected to the Universe.
The session was over all too quickly and it inspired me to open up and offer some workshops to the wider public, rather than just my client list and within minutes I had an email indicating that someone would like to attend one of the workshops.
Having focused on what I wanted more of and taken the advice and opened myself to better opportunities and possibilities, I can see that there is truth in being aware of where your thoughts take you as there is a powerful energy in intention.