The Power of Setting Goals
Setting goals is powerful stuff, it gives you the power to transform your life. We love goals, if we didn’t have goals, we couldn’t run eviekini. But goals are hard to maintain and can often be abandoned. These are the ten steps we use and want to share with you to help you achieve your goals.
The first step is to have belief. If you don’t believe you can do it and get what you want, then you might as well forget about goal setting and do something different. If you are in doubt, look around you. Everything you can see began as a thought, make your thoughts your reality.
What do you want? Think deeply about what you want or where you want to be in a year. What changes have to take place? What steps do you need to take? What do you need to know or learn? What spiritual, emotional, personal, financial, social or physical properties need to happen? The clearer you are with each of these things, this will bring your vision into focus. The clearer you are, the easier it will be to focus on making it happen.
Write it Down
Writing down your goals is the key. By writing down your goals, you become a creator. Failure to write down your goals often means you will forget them or won’t focus on them. Have them written down where you can see them everyday.
Knowing why you want to achieve your goals is everything. Identifying he purpose of your goal helps you instantly recognise why you want that particular goal and whether it’s worth working towards or not. Knowing why you want something gives you motivation to see it through to the finish. After all, if the purpose of earning a million dollars is to put it in the bank for a rainy day, you probably won’t be as motivated as you will if you need it to pay for your child’s cancer treatment.
This may seem obvious, but most people forget this part. Write a few pages about why and how you are committing to each goal; why it’s important to you, what it means to you, why the outcome is necessary and what are you going to do to make it happen. Without strong commitment you aren’t likely to follow through.
By focusing on your goals, you manifest. You may not know how you’ll reach your goals but when you make a daily practice of focus, they become easier to reach. Having your goals written down somewhere where you will see them every day is the best idea. Your mind will notice that there is a discrepancy between where you are not and where you want to be which will create pressure to change. If you lose focus you can always bring it back. Without a regular practice of focusing on your goals you may be distracted by something.
Plan of Action
Being really clear about what you want, knowing your purpose, writing your goals down, committing to them and staying focused gives you the power of clarity to write down a list of action steps. You may not know all the steps ahead of time but you will know the next steps that take you in the right direction. Having goals without a plan of action is like trying to complete a house without a plan. There is too much going on, it’s too disorganised, you miss deadlines and you don’t have priorities. Eventually you get frustrated and the project/goal fails or collapses under its own weight.
No Time Like the Present
To show how committed you are to your goals, think of something you can do right now that will get you moving toward fulfilling your goals. Even if it’s just making a phone call, do it now. You will be surprised how this simple step reinforces all the previous steps and gets you motivated and moving toward your goals. If you are not motivated to do something right now, how are you going to get motivated tomorrow?
To push through when things get tough, you have to hold yourself accountable unless you bring in outside help like a coach who provides it for you. It makes sense to have someone beside yourself who can provide valuable feedback at critical junctures, like a friend or mentor. Telling you friends and family about your goals will give you the accountability you need.
Make it part of your day to review your goals and take action. This keeps your goals alive and top of mind. It’s a good time to convert the over all plan into discrete action steps that you can take through out the week. It will also help you be aware if one goal feels stuck and you are over compensating on another goal.
If you follow these steps and practice your goals every day, you will have all you need to achieve your goals. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t always easy. Some days will be easier than others, but if you keep focused on your goals you will be amazed at the progress you make. Remember, almost everything begins as a thought.
Love Evie xox