Goal Setting (part 3)

In the last goal setting part I wrote about the SMART goal system and also about the question “What do you want?”

In this part I’m going to write about WHY you want to achieve this goal and how you will FEEL once you’ve reached that goal. These are two really important parts because without knowing why you want to reach a goal you won’t have enough motivation to actually finish the goal.

So once you know what you want ask yourself “WHY do I want this?” Why do you want to reach this goal, what will it give you once you’ve completed it? Will you get something special like a trophy or medal or will it just be a great experience?

Then you should also think about how you will FEEL when you reach that goal. It’ll probably be something like excited or happy, but you won’t really know unless you experience it. So what you can do is to imagine that  you are already in that moment, you have already achieved your goal. For exapmple if your goal is to meet someone famous you could close your eyes and imagine how it would feel like to meet this person and get an autograph from them or talk to then. This will help you get more motivated towards achieving the goal and you will want to be taking action.

Now that you’ve thought about all of this, write it down. Writing things down (especially goals) is really important becasue then you won’t forget them and you can keep track of them. Keep a little journal that you will only use for writing down your goals, ideas and reflections and in which you can later plan out your goal.

So go and get a little notebook and a pen and write down your goal and the guestions and try to answer them before you forget them!

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when you’re too lazy to do your homework…

Is there ever a time in your school life when you come home from school and you have tonnes of homework, but you really, really can’t be stuffed doing it? I think most people are like that, unless they are really nerdy and homework is their hobby…I do that a lot. I come home from school and I’ve eaten and then I know I should be doing something useful, but I really don’t want to. But I’ve got a little trick that will get you to do the work; and it is quite simple, but it might be a bit weird. So this is what I do on the days I’ve got heaps of homework:

I come home from school, sit down and eat something (I’m always starving after school) Then I go upstairs and sit at my desk and check my facebook and emails. Then I look at the pile of home work I have to do and I’m like “Omg…” So I go on my phone and play an app, a really pointless one like “Temple Run.” Because after a while this app really makes me feel like I should be doing something way more useful (like homework). And that’s how I eventually end up doing my homework!

one of those days when you’ve just got too much homework

This is a weird tip and it might not make sense to you, but if it does, there are also other ways you can get yourself to do your homework (but it should be something really pointless that makes you think that what you are doing is lazy) like playing a computer game or watching TV for a while. Try it out next time you have to do homework (or other work) and see if it works. 🙂

Goal setting (part 2)

This is the second part of the goal setting ‘sequence’. So in my other post I talked about the 7 steps to goal setting and how they are important when setting a goal. That’s just an overall rule when you set goals.

Goals are really important in life becasue they will help you achieve things and steer you in a specific direction in your life. Without a goal, you’ll be stuck, just like a boat without a rudder.

Now here’s a step-by-step explanation of how to set the perfect goal (in this post I’ll be doing the first step. The next one will follow soon!)

Step 1: The first thing you should do  is think about a possible goal. Anything! Do you have a hobby, something you love doing, or do you want to achieve something at school, or just do something you’ve never done before that requires planning in before hand? Can you think of anything?

Now if you have an idea you need to ask yourself a question: ‘What do I want? What do I want to achieve?” For that question the ‘SMART goal’ model can help you.

All your Goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Oriented:

Specific: When setting a goal it’s important that it’s specific. It shouldn’t be something like: “i want to get a good score in my Maths test. Or “I want to be good at cross country.” Specific means something like: “I want to score 85% in my next Maths test” or “I want to be in the top 5 at the Cross Country race in September. This way you’ll know excactly what you want to achieve and it will be easier to plan your goal.

Measurable: This means that you should be able to measure your goal and keep track of it. For example if your goal is to score 85% in a Maths test you can keep track of your progress by testing yourself every week.

Attainable: you will be able to achieve your goal and it is actually possible to achieve it given the circumstances you are in.

Realistic: your goal should be realistic. That doesn’t mean that you can’t dream big, but it means that it should be reachable. Something like being able to speak Chinese fluently after 2 weeks is probably a bit too unrealistic. Make your goal something you can reach but that is also challenging.

Time Oriented: if you set a deadline to your goal, then that’s great. Because then you will know excactly that the goal has to be reached by then, and you won’t go stumbling around and never finish the walk towards your destination.

So this SMART goal system should help you know exactly what your goal is and when it should be achieved. An example of this will follow in one of the next parts of ‘Goal setting’ when I will cover more steps on how to set a good goal.

Remember before you forget!

Have you ever put something in a spot (like a phone) and you knew you needed it for later and thought ‘I’m not going to forget it’ and then you end up forgetting  it anyway? Because that happens to me a lot. Sometimes. Like once the battery of my laptop was running low and I needed it for school, so I’m like ‘Ok I’m gonna charge it until I have to go, I’ll remember it.’ Yeah well when I was at school you can probably guess what happened. I was looking everywhere for my laptop only to remember that I’d left it charging at home.

Yesterday my family  went Rockclimbing and dad put his jacket in the cupboard above all the rest of the stuff probably thinking that he’ll remeber it. But no, of course he didn’t. We were already more than half way home (35 mins drive from the place to home), when dad noticed he had forgotten his jacket. So we had to drive the way back to the place and home again.

This happens to so many people and it can happen with things like not locking the car because you think it’s going to be safe and no-one’s going to steal anything, or putting a glass of water (or worse softdrink) towards the ‘edge’ of the table thinking that you won’t spill it only to have it ending up on the carpet a few minutes later when you forgot about it.

Next time you think ‘This is not going to happen because I’ll remember it or it’s safe’, think again! Put that glass in a ‘safer’ spot, lock the car or just put the jacket somewhere, where you’ll remeber it. It definetly saves time and nerves!

7 steps to goal setting

The next few posts are going to be all about goal setting& how to set them 🙂 So if you’ve ever had a goal (which you probably have) but you didn’t know how to set it or plan it, then here’s how you do it.

So to start off here are the 7 steps you need to think about when setting a goal:

1. The past doesn’t equal the future

 This means that if you had a similar goal in the past and you didn’t achieve it, then that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve it in the future! You can’t change the past but you can create the future you want!

                                                             2. Anything you can dream and believe, you can create!

If you dream about something and you really want it and believe in it, then you can achieve it.

                  

                                                            3. Let your mind go crazy

Think of all the possibilities you have when setting your goal. Don’t just look straight ahead, look at what’s around you and let your mind you crazy. Be creative!

                                                          4. Forget about the opinions of others

 Forget about what others say. Because this is your life and these are your dreams. If others don’t like them then don’t let it worry you. You can do whatever you want with your life and goals.

                                                        5. Write and read them as often as you can

If you look at your goals everyday then it will be easier for you to follow them becasue you will know what to do. Write your goal out on a piece of paper, and put it on your wall. This way you will always be able to read it and you will never lose track!

                                                        6. Have a dream book

Keep a book in which you write in your goals (so you don’t forget about them) and stick pictures of your goal in it. For example if your goal is to win a race at school, find a picture of people running (at the Olympics maybe?) This way you’ll have a clearer idea of your vision and you’ll be able to visualise it better.

                                                    7. Tap into the Reticular Activating System

This means that you have to visualise your goal everyday so you can stick to it. The best time to do that is in the morning because then you will know what you need to do during the day in order to achieve your goal.