How to set a goal- a quick revision!

Now that we have all the goal setting parts covered, I’m going to give you a quick revision.¬†Once you’ve read all the other parts (1-6), then you can quickly read this revision to refresh your mind about the goal setting process ūüėČ

1. Consider the 7 steps (or rules) to goal setting when thinking about your goal:

-The past doesn’t equal the future

-Anything you can dream and believe, you can create

-Let your mind go crazy

-Forget about the opinions of others

-Write and read your goals as often as you can

-Have a dream book

-Tap into the reticular activating system

2. Then ask yourself: What do I want? What’s my outcome? Write it down on a piece of paper. Remember you need to think about a SMART goal:

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Oriented.

3. Next ask yourself: Why do I want this? What will I feel when I achieve my goal? And why is it so important to reach this goal? Will I get anything from it?

4. Now you know your goal you can start making a plan. Write down your goal. Then write down all the actions that need to be taken in order to achieve that goal (if you want to win a race, one action might be going for regular runs). After you’ve done that you can write down the order in which these actions have to be taken and how long it will take to complete each action (if something has to be done consistently then you can just write down how long it will take). Now you just need to work out when you can complete each action and you can fit it in your time schedule (the daily calender on the iphone is good becasue you can write down how long each event will take).

5. This step is the most important one: You need to follow through with your goal and commit to your plan. Don’t give up! Always think of your outcome, the thing you want to achieve when working on your goals! Things like making a dream board, anchoring, quotes¬† and meditation might also help!

6. One last thing: Set goals for about 4-6 different key areas of your life. These are called categories. This will help you keep your life  balanced out through all areas. Some of your categories might include family, friends, school, hobbies, money, health or whatever other things you might think are key areas. Then pick your top goal for each of your categories and stick to it!

I hope this post has helped you to get a bit of an overview of the goal setting process again. Good luck with all your goals! I hope all your dreams come true and don’t ever let go of them! ūüôā

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goal setting (part 5)- Never giving up on your goals!

Have you started setting your goal and making your plan? Are you already working towards achieving your goal?

Then I’m going to tell you in this part how to¬†‘follow through’ with your goals. Following through means that you keep going and never give up. That you follow your plan until the goal is reached. Most people struggle with that. They just give up with their goal and¬†don’t try to finish it. It might be because they loose interest or¬†they think it’s too hard too achieve. Sometimes I struggle to focus on my goals as well, becasue I get distracted or I’m too lazy.¬†But there are¬†some things you can do to keep you following through with your goal: ūüôā

-There’s a quote that could help you: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

-Always remind yourself of the outcome. The outcome is the goal and the thing you want to achieve. If we take Bob’s example with the race (from Goal setting part 4),¬†his outcome is to come first in the school race with a time of 11 minutes. If you always remind yourself of that, then it will be easier to keep going.

-Make a dream board or vision board and stick photos of your goal on it. Hang it on your wall and look at it everyday.

-Think of the things you will get once you’ve achieved your goal. All the positive things that make you want to reach the goal. Will you just be really happy and proud or will you get an actual price for achieving your goal? Whatever it is remind yourself of it everyday.

-Close your eyes and imagine you are already there, you’ve already achieved your goal. “How do you feel?” What are you doing in that moment? Are you laughing, cheering, smiling, jumping around, hugging your friends or family? Or are you doing all of those things? If you¬†think of¬†this every night, then you will become more determined to achieve that goal.

-Try anchoring. (It’s in one of my posts called “Anchoring”). Think of a time when you were really focused on your goal and really determined and you felt like you were moving towards your outcome really fast. Anchor that emotion and do it as often as possible.

If you even try one of these tips I just gave you, you could be achieving your goal in no time and the best thing will be: you’ll be having fun!

What do you think of these tips?  Would you use those methods or do you use other methods to keep you moving forward towards your goal?

7 steps to goal setting

The next few posts are going to be all about goal setting& how to set them ūüôā 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.