Did you know that if you write down your goals you are more likely to achieve them? The simple act of documenting can be the difference on whether you reach your visions or not.
It's the time for setting intentions, goals, and creating powerful visions for yourself.
When I teach goal setting I focus on creating goals that have four key components:
- They are deeply meaningful to you.
- They are challenging. Difficult and possible.
- They are specific. Think laser-beam focus.
- They have a clear timeline (aka a "by when" date)
If you have all four of these in your goal creation, you are set up to go for gold. I am also a big fan of affirming language and using "I will" statements.
Last year I had seven goals on my list. This year I am focusing on five.
My goals for 2018
I will hike the sunshine coast trail (180km) solo by Aug 31st 2018
Why? I love the physical sweaty challenge combined with the mental challenge of being alone in the woods. I love to be outside; I live surrounded by water and mountains, and nature is one of my core values. This goal is like going on a silent meditation retreat but in my way. I'm so excited for this one!
I will finish the first draft of the book by April 30th 2018
I had a goal to complete the draft by Dec 31 2017, and... it didn't happen. I got close and then lost my will, motivation and confidence. Instead of forcing myself to finish it I, decided to be kind and give myself space. So, this goal is back on the list.
I will do work that is 100% meaningful to me, starting now
This year marks number six as an entrepreneur. I have done many different contracts, with diverse clients. I've learned a lot. Now, I've focused in, niched myself to mindful life skills for leaders and entrepreneurs. I'm happy. Recently after leading a workshop for a team, Gloria (the co-founder of Semperviva Yoga College) said "you've grown six inches taller since you were here last." Without pause, I responded by saying, "I know who I am." I know who I am and I am doing work I 100% love. So far I am 100% on target for this goal.
I will heal my stomach by August 1st 2018
Since I was a kid I've had trouble with my digestion. This is the year I lay off the foods that make me feel bad, spend time with my Naturopath, and heal this stomach of mine. I LOVE food, especially the ones I can't eat right now like cheese and bread, but I am committed. I even gave up chips! Wish me luck!
I will muscle up by July 15th 2018
This goal is about getting really strong. I have had depression for over 20 years, and I know - if I sweat hard, I feel better. So, this year I joined the gym and have been building my strength from the inside out. On top of yoga, and teaching Kundalini once a week, the gym gives me the mental boost I need to feel solid. This goal is about what I call "muscling up" - challenging my limitations and beliefs to transcend and become stronger versions of myself. Every time I hit a class, spin on a bike or stretch on a foam roller, I use the workout to support my best.
So, what are you commiting to this year?