Setting Goals with Intention
Last time we worked on creating a fabulous powerful vision for your life and hopefully you now have an inspiring Vision Board to keep you focused on creating your ideal life.
This time we are going to put that vision into action by setting some exciting goals that will propel you towards your vision faster than you would believe possible!
Take a look at the vision statement you wrote down and start listing all the things that will have to change or be enhanced in order for that vision to materialize. An easy way to make this list is to think about what you will have to do, to be, to have and to give in order to make things happen. Some things may not have to be changed, but they may have to be enhanced or expanded to fit your new wonderful life. Write them down too, they still count as goals.
It’s a great idea at this stage to find yourself a book that you use only for your goal list. Make it a really attractive notebook that you can enjoy and be proud of using! And carry it with you at all times so you can add to it whenever new ideas come to you.
Make the list as detailed as possible – you probably won’t want to do it all in one day – take a couple of days, a week or even a month to get the initial list started. In fact you will be adding to this list for the rest of your life! Aim to create an initial list of at least 101 goals. I know that sounds daunting right now but it really isn’t, just take your time and enjoy the process of creating the building blocks of the life you’ve always dreamed of.
Be outrageous in your list – goal setting should be fun and inspiring and if you want to fly in space, put it in there even if you have no idea right now how you are going to make it happen!
From an early age we are taught to ask for what we think we can get rather than what we really want and this is one of the biggest limiting factors in living to our full potential. Be brave in setting your goals, ask for what you would want in your wildest dreams and start taking action towards achieving them!
That leads to one of the most important aspects of goal setting – at this stage do not ever ask “HOW”. The “how” will come to you as you progress through life and through your goals. Think about it – I bet today you do things that you would never have believed you could do years ago! Driving a car, operating a computer, even the routine things you do in your job all may have seemed impossible when you first started and now you almost don’t think about them. We develop new skills all the time and this is how it is with goal setting. Trust me, when you are ready to achieve the goal, the “how” will show up!
Another really important aspect of goal setting is to set yourself goals that you have never achieved before. The purpose of a goal is not to get lots of “stuff”. The purpose of a goal is to develop as a human being to your fullest potential. Setting “realistic and achievable” goals is ultimately soul destroying – there’s no personal growth in realistic and achievable! Think about it – the people who have achieved the most in life are not the ones who settle for realistic and achievable, they’re the ones who go out and do the impossible and ignore the people who constantly tell them to be realistic! If someone is telling you to be realistic, its because THEIR vision is not big enough, not because yours is too big.
Now some of your goals will be huge and exciting, if not a little terrifying! But some of them will be quite small and easily achievable. They are still goals and they have just as much power as the big ones. Having lots of smaller goals makes it easy for your mind to get used to the idea of achieving things and frankly makes the whole process much more fun!
Having goals of various sizes means that when you get tired or bored of working on one goal, you can quickly move on to something that gives you a quick result. I like to have things on my goal list that I can achieve almost instantly – like getting the car washed or walking the dog, or going to a yoga class. These things might look small and insignificant but our subconscious doesn’t really recognize the difference between big goals and little ones – all it sees is another goal ticked off and another reason to feel proud. Your brain loves this and will be ready to attack the more difficult goals with renewed enthusiasm!
Some of your goals will be long term and some will be short term. Every goal is, in fact, a stepping stone to greater and more exciting achievements so, big or small, long or short term you should plan to celebrate them all. Celebration is a huge part of goal setting and one that many people forget about. It’s really important to build in rewards right at the start so that when you achieve something you can really celebrate it. It doesn’t have to be a big expensive celebration -though those are good too! Its just something that you tell yourself is your thank-you to yourself for being a super achiever! Get your nails done, or spend a lazy hour by the pool, or take a good friend out for lunch. It doesn’t really matter, whatever makes you feel good.
Not long from now you will be looking back at your goal list and thinking “why did I think so small?” All you need is a strategy for getting there and nothing is impossible.