Do you need to set new goals? Then you need to spend some time reflecting on what you want to change about your life. That way you can truly begin to set your new goals, and live your dreams THAT much sooner. Make sure you visit the Resource Library to get your FREE printable Goal Setting Worksheet!
How To Set New Goals
The first thing that you need to do is define what you want. Take the time to do a few things to get your imagination flowing and really set new goals that you are excited about.
Picture what you want your life to look like. Every aspect is important. Paint a WHOLE picture. What is your job? Where do you live? Who are you with? What do you do in your spare time? Go over EVERYTHING. And make it absolutely real so that you know that it can happen.
Goal Setting Activities
- Create a vision board. I know this can feel like a silly thing to do for some adults. But here’s the thing. IT WORKS. It helps you to really visualize your dreams coming true. And you can look back at it over and over again to keep you going. So get out your scissors and some magazines, print out photos from google, whatever works for you. And paste those pictures up someplace that you will see every. single. day.
- Consider setting family goals. These goals can drive your personal ones or help to give you direction. If you don’t have family goals yet, check out Step-By-Step Guide To Setting Family Goals.
- Ask outrageous questions. Sit down with your spouse or your best friend and just have a fun conversation. What would you do if you won the lottery? If you could have a superpower, which one would you have? Enjoy talking about it. And realize what your dreams are in the mean time.
Tips To Set New Goals
Do you believe you can’t? Then you’re right.
If you honestly don’t think that you can achieve your goals, then you won’t be able to. You need to truly believe with all your heart, body, soul, every fiber of your being, that you can achieve your goals.
To the point where you should use absolutes when you speak about your future. It shouldn’t be “if I….” but “when I….”
Get in the mindset that you WILL have your goals, and the work won’t feel like something you have the option to skip anymore. You will just require it of yourself.
Set BIG goals.
Reaching your goals is hard work. Everything from filling out your goal setting worksheet to set new goals, to figuring out what you need to do to get there, then doing the work… it’s all HARD.
So make sure your goals are WORTH all the effort.
The goal you set, the picture that you have painted of what your life WILL be is what you have to keep you motivated it. So make sure you really want it!
Break them down.
Now take those big goals and break them into smaller, easier to achieve pieces. Use your goal setting worksheet from the Resource Library to do this.
Since you are setting a BIG goal, just going from deciding you want it to having it is not an easy or plausible feat. You need to map out the steps to achieving your goal so you can focus on one stap at a time.
That way, you can feel good about yourself while you are working your way to that big dream for your life.
Make yourself accountable.
Don’t set the goal and then just let all of your motivation fizzle out.
Hold yourself accountable by telling your loved ones or someone who has similar goals to you. They can help to keep you on track and motivate you along the way.
Set measurable goals.
If your goal is not measurable, you need to break it down more until it is. You can’t reach something if you don’t know how far away you are from the end. So keep breaking it down further until it is measurable.
If you need more information on what to include in your goals, check out Setting SMART Goals To Live Your Dreams
Visualize yourself achieving your goals.
You need to use the vision board I told you to create in the goal setting activities above. SEE your goals. Imagine what your life will be like when you have achieved them. Where will you be at 9am in the morning? Will you be sitting on your porch drinking coffee? Or on an airplane traveling to some other country?
Whatever it may be, make it REAL. It will be easier to do the work if you can almost touch the reality.
Start your day early.
Studies show that the most effective people start their day between 4-6am. So set your alarm earlier until you are comfortable with being productive early in the day.
Start with 15 minutes at a time and move our alarm forward. Do this every Sunday night until you have given yourself a new schedule that you are comfortable. And observe how much extra time you have to be productive during the day!
Review and adjust your goals regularly.
As you go, your goals may need to be adjusted. Life happens. And that’s okay.
Just make sure that you check in with your goals AND your timeline expectations regularly so you make sure that you are still on track. And be okay with making changes if you need to.
Identify your fears.
Take the time to think about WHAT you are afraid of and WHY. Put a name to your fears and they will become smaller. Put boundaries on them so that they can’t be any larger than they really are.
Once you name them, you can begin the work of overcoming them. Take your time with this. It is incredibly hard. But, trust me, it IS worth it.
When you are trying to do something that you’ve never done before, you will have failures.
Expect to fail. Accept the failure. Improve your process. Make adjustments. And TRY AGAIN.
Failure is temporary. Success is forever. If you use your failure as a learning tool rather than the end of your efforts, you will be THAT much closer to achieving your goals.
Goal Setting Worksheet
I have created a goal setting worksheet for you. It will help you to set new goals.
- Define your goal, motivation, and timeline.
- Identify your feelings about the goal you have set.
- Break down your goal into a step-by-step plan to achieve it.
- Record any changes oyu need to make in your life i order to achieve your goal.
Stop by the Resource Library to get your FREE printable Goal Setting Worksheet.
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