Happy New Year!
The start of a new year inspires many to get a fresh start. We often times will come up with resolutions and goals that we’d like to achieve. When it comes to accomplishing goals, I’ve noticed that WHY you want to achieve a goal and HOW you set that goal can be more important than WHAT the goal actually is. Here are some tips that will set you up for success!
Focus on how you want to feel. Many people will set goals without acknowledging WHY they want to accomplish them. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, your desire may be to feel more confident. If your goal is to get a promotion at work, your desire may be to feel more financially secure. If your goal is to start a family or go on more dates, you’re likely craving love. Acknowledging the feeling that you’re after will help you clarify WHY you want to accomplish your goals. So, ask yourself, ‘How do I want to feel?’
Create connections. Now that you’ve decided how you’d like to feel, it’s time to brainstorm ideas on how you can achieve those feelings. If you’d like to feel creative, your intention could be to paint more. If you’d like to feel love, your intention could be to spend more quality time with loved ones. If you’d like to feel more adventurous, think of a few activities that will accomplish that for you. Get creative as you connect the feeling you desire with a way to attain it.
Set your intentions. Now it’s time to create specific goals that will drive you towards your desired feelings. Instead of simply saying, “I will paint more,” set your intention to create one new painting a month. Instead of, “I’ll do more activities,” write down specific activities like hiking, scuba diving or rock climbing and how often you’ll do them. The key here is to set intentions that are specific and have a timeline or deadline. Here are some examples:
*My desire is to feel more creative and I will accomplish that by taking an art class once a month.
*My desire is to be more adventurous and I will accomplish that by traveling to Europe this year.
*My desire is to experience more love in my life and I will accomplish that by having a weekly date night with my significant other.
Take action by creating new habits. Our day to day habits shape our lives and can if and when we will achieve our goals. Let’s say your desire is to feel stronger and you’ve decided that you will go to the gym three times a week in order to accomplish that goal; it’s important to create new habits that will support your intention. You can get in the habit of waking up early and going to the gym before work. You make it a habit to lay out your workout clothes the night before. You can make it a habit to update your playlist so you’ll always have good music to listen to at the gym. Your habits will either help or hurt your goals, so make sure you create ones that support your intentions.
Get support and accountability. January 1st, we are all motivated, January 15th, we are still going strong, but by February…..not so much. How can you keep that motivation all year long? Easy – get help from people who will support you and hold you accountable! Share your intentions with your friends, family and your health coach. Post your intentions on your Facebook page. Keep a list of your goals visible in your house as a reminder. Send the message out to the universe that you can and WILL accomplish what you’ve set out to achieve.
This year – this day – can be however you want it to be it. Focus on how you want to feel, create connections, set your intentions, take action, create new habits, get support and you’ll create a life you love!
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