Have you set your GOALS for 2013 yet?

NOM had been very unmotivated lately. Sure, he had lots of things to do, like taking care of his garden, cleaning the caravan, taking walks, painting pictures and doing grocery shopping. But he felt like none of the things he did were particularly productive. Everything he did seemed almost useless.

Then, when he was cleaning out his magazines that spilled the kitchen table a note caught his eye. Smart, his turtle friend had given it to him a couple of days ago for ‘motivation’, but NOM hadn’t bothered looking at it.

Have you set your GOALS for 2013 yet?

NOM, now curious flipped the note and read the back:

The reason why so many people are unsuccessful in life, is becasue they don’t set goals. Or if they do, they set the wrong goals. Do you want to be the same as those people? NO! So, I’m telling you, set some goals right now. What do you really want to have achieved by the end of the year? Write it down….

NOM stopped  reading and experienced one of those ‘light bulb’ moments, when everything suddenly made sense.

That was it! He had to set goals! Why hadn’t NOM realised this before? He quickly finished reading the note…

…(be sure to be specific) and then make a plan of exactly how you are going to achieve your goal! When you are done, you just need to follow your plan and do something everyday to make your dreams happen. I’m going to leave the rest to figure out for yourself. Go now and set your goals (3 or 4 are enough).

Goals and Passion!

Awesome! NOM was getting excited now. This was exactly what he needed to do.

And he started writing down his goals on a nice sheet of paper:

  • 1. Write a 150- page long book about my adventures (finished by 12th of December this year)
  • 2. Win the “Best Garden in Town” competition (it’s on the 23rd of November this year)
  • 3. Travel to 3 different countries this year (1 each in Asia, Europe and America)
  • 4. Make $500 a month through the internet, by the end of the year

NOM put his pen down and sat back. He was very happy with his goals. They were specific and 100% achievable. Now he needed to make a plan for each of his goals….

Write a 150-page long book about my adventures by 12th of December:

  • Have a finished draft by 3rd of August 2013.
  • To do that I have to write 30 pages a month
  • To write 30 pages a month I have to write 1 page a day!

NOM got out his diary and dedicated a time just for writing everyday. He also needed some time for his adventures (so he had something to write about) and planning time. He also included that. First goal was planned! Now he just needed to stick with it!

He did the same thing with all the other goals by:

  • first finding out what he had to do in order to achieve his goal
  • then setting exact deadlines for each of those “to-do’s”
  • after that he broke down his goals into small chunks (what he had to achieve every month, then every week and then every day)
  • and finally he wrote down everything in his diary

After all this was done, NOM stuck his goals on the wall above his bed. From now on he would look at them EVERY day!

NOM packed the note and some food in a bag and set off to find Smart to thank him for his wonderful note! Lucky he had found it now and not at the end of the year when it would have been waaaay to late to do anything!

How did you find this post? Have you set your goals for this year yet? If not, it’s not too late! Follow NOM’s steps and you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals and dreams! Have fun 🙂 

NOM’s Vision Board

NOM sat on a bench in the middle of the square of the village and ate sesame seeds. A big bag full of groceries lay next him on the bench packed full of goodies for the week.

“Now I just need my decorations”, NOM said. Before heading off for his shopping trip NOM had noticed that the walls of his cardboard box were a bit plain so he decided to buy some. He needed something really colourful and inspirational.

NOM finished his bag of caramel-flavoured sesame seeds and started walking along the shops admiring the many clothes that were on sale. He looked through some more shop windows and saw delicious bread in one store, colourful fabrics and textiles in the other and books in another one. Then he came across a shop that looked particularly intersting. Looking through the big glass window NOM could see photographs paintings and stacks of magazines all either hanging on the walls or lying on the floor.

Then he saw a sign that was stuck to the shop’s entrance. It read: Make your own Vision Board here!!

“What’s a vision board?” NOM wondered. After some thinking he slowly opened the shop’s front door and stepped in. From the inside the shop looked even more intersting. Huge shelves with magazines and other pieces of coloured paper lined the walls. The floor was carpeted making it nice and cosy. NOM pulled out a magazine from one of the shelves. It was a travel book showing many pictures of places from around the world. Fascinated NOM started looking through the magazine and dreamed of visiting these destinations.

“Can I help you?” A friendly voice suddenly said behind him.

NOM looked up. It took him a while to register the face. It was a young woman wearing a big pair of black glasses. She also wore a black dress with a little sign pinned to it saying “I’m Shelly.” Shelly smiled at NOM.

“I think so”, NOM said. “I saw that sign on your front door and it said you can make a vision board.”

“Do you want to make one?”, Shelly asked.

“Well I was wondering what a vision board is.”

“Oh you don’t know. Well then I’ll better explain. Come with me.” Shelly headed towards a corner in the room where there where multiple big posters stuck to the walls. Above the posters was a sign saying: “VISIONBOARDS“. NOM quickly followed her and looked at the posters. They all had pictures of beautiful places, clothes, different sports, money, food and other cool things on them.

“Wow that looks NOMazing.”, NOM said.

Shelly grinned.”I know. These are vision boards. People make them for all their goals and visions for the future. Vision boards help people to concetrate on these goals and visions everyday and this will help them stay focused on them and eventually achieve them.”

NOM got excited. “That’s awesome. I could use one of these for my home. I was going to decorate the walls anyways and this is perfect! Can I make one here?”

“Of course! We have many magazines and photos you can use to make your own vision board. It’s also easy to make one yourself at home using old magazines and newspapers and anything else you might like to stick on your board.”

NOM decided to make his vision board in the shop. They had so many pretty magazines and photos he could use. He got a pair of scissors and a big piece of cardboard. Then he started looking through magazines and cut out photos of the things he loved and wanted to be or achieve in the future. (e.g places he wanted to travel to, things he wanted to buy, something he wanted to become and much more). When he was done he was very proud and looked at his finished vision board:

NOM thanked Shelly for showing him how to make a vision board and made his way home. Back in the cardboard box he put his masterpiece on the wall and looked at it proudly.

Now whenever NOM walked past he would look at his vision board. It made him feel more confident and he was always reminded of his goals. He wanted to achieve all his goals and dreams so he did something everyday to move closer to his goal (one of his goals was being able to make sesame waffles without a recipe and he achieved that goal in a day:) ).

Now it’s your turn to make a vision board! Get out some magazines and scissors and start creating your masterpiece 🙂 It’s really fun to make and will help you with all your goals and dreams. Put it somewhere you can see it everyday like above your bed. Have fun! 😀

Any thoughts about vision boards? Do you already have one or are you planning on making one? Comment below!

Some things you should know about Olympian athletes!

The Olympic Games in London started just yesterday! Millions of people are watching the Games right now, either on their TV at home or in London at the stadiums and arenas. There are 26 different sports, 205 countries/nations from all over the world, 302 events and most importantly 10,960 athletes. For some of these athletes their dream of getting Olympic Gold has come or will come true and most of them are just happy to have made it to the Olympics to represent their country. But how do these athletes do that? How do they make it to the Olympics? How do they win Gold?

The answer is actually pretty simple. Every athlete who made it to the Olympics has something in common. And guess what that is? It’s their mindset! They all have a positive mindset and a determination that got them through to the biggest sporting event in the world.  Great athletes do different things that help them win their victory. They…

  • believe in themselves and their ability to win
  • love their sport and what they are doing
  • are enthusiastic about their sport
  • train hard and practise (mostly everyday)
  • have courage
  • focus (they always focus on their dream and goal)
  • have a routine and discipline they follow
  • concentrate on the process
  • visualise their victory

Not only Olympic athletes do these things. People like you can apply these techniques/qualities to their sport or passion. If you have enough determination then I can guarantee you that you will succeed in everything you do!

Have fun watching the rest of the Olympics and cheering for your country and favourite athletes as they win their medals and fulfill their dreams. Maybe one day you will be there too… 🙂

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 😉

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! 🙂

Goal setting (part 6) Categories!

Here’s another quick post on goal setting. It’s about categories! Before you wonder what categories are, I’m going to explain:

When you set your goals, you shouldn’t just set a goal for one area of your life, set one for about 4-6 different key areas of your life. This will help you keep your life a bit more balanced. Because if you just concentrate on one of your goals for one area of your life and you ignore the rest, then you are not going to be very happy and you might even loose interest on that one goal. Some of your categories (or key areas of your life) could include:

Family& Friends (or two seperate categories;one for friends and one for family)

Hobbies (It’s important to have goals for your hobbies e.g playing piano and playing tennis)

Health (If you are unfit, one of your goals for Health could be going for regular runs. Another one could be changing your diet and eating healthier.)

Money (One of your goals for that category could be saving more money and not spending everything straight away. Or you want to earn more money and you want to look for a better income)

School (Do you have different goals for school like getting 90% in your English test instead of 70%? Or getting an A in your report?)

Career (if you kind of have an idea of what you want to do later on when you finish school, then you can start setting goals in that area and start working towards them)

You could have other categories as well of course, these are just a few ideas and the most common ones.

Now choose 4-6 categories you think are important. Write them down, and next to each one list all your goals for that category. Next you need to prioritise those goals. That means writing down your most important goal first (the one you want to achieve first and you think is the most significant)  and your least important one last. Do that for each of your categories. Now you can use the goal setting techniques I showed you in parts 1-5 and plan your goals for each of the categories. And then just start working on them!

What do you think about ‘categories’? Do you only set one goal at a time and work on it or do you have several goals for different categories?

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: 🙂

-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?

Goal Setting (part 4)- How to make your plan!

So now you know what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve your goal. Guess what’s next? Yes! How do you want to achieve your goal? Because without knowing how to do something it’s a bit hard to get the result you want isn’t it? It’s a bit like solving a Maths problem; if you have no idea how to solve it, then you are not going to get a very good answer or result.

To better understand this question of ‘How am I going to achieve my goal” I can chanage it to “What actions do I have to take to get the result I want?” That’s clearer isn’t it?

Let’s use an example. You’ve got your goal which is to make cold, sweet lemon juice (yes you have to know excactly what your goal is!) and you know why you want to make that lemon juice (because you are thirsty and you need something refreshing to cool down from the hot sun). Now you just need to know how you are going to make that lemon juice. That’s why you need a recipe. Or a plan, as you would call it with a real-life goal. If you follow the recipe you’ll almost be guaranteed to get the perfect lemon juice. And if you follow your plan then you’ll almost (almost becasue something can always go wrong) be guaranteed to achieve your goal! But how do you make the perfect plan?

For this I’m going to show you the steps and then use a real-life example:

-First write down your goal. Also write down when it has to be achieved and how much time you’ve got to achieve it. (make it specific.)

-Then write down all the actions that need to be taken in order to have your goal achieved.

-Next you should put these actions in the order they have to be done. How long will these actions take? Write the time next to them. Some actions might have to be done consistently like training or going for a run, so you should write down how long each of these actions take on average.

-Now you can work out when you have time to complete those actions. For that you should make a plan and write down how many of these actions you are going to do each week (see the example) and how long you are going to do them for. Finally write them in your calender or you diary or planner (whatever you are using) and make sure every action is included in your plan.

-And then you just need to follow your plan and make sure you are working through it and not giving up on it (more to that in a later post). You should also make sure that your plan isn’t too hard to follow. You should leave time for other activities like school, homework, sleeping 🙂 Have fun working on your goal and achieving it!

EXAMPLE:

If you want you can read through the real-life example, because this might help you understand the whole goal setting process a bit better:

Let’s use Bob as an example.

-His goal: to come first in the 3km run at his school with a time of 11 minutes.

-At the moment Bob runs 3 kilometres at 13 and a half minutes, so he has to improve his time by 2 and a half minutes. He’s got 5 months to improve, which means each month he has to be 30 seconds faster.

-Some of the actions he might need to take: signing up for the run at school ( this will take him around 5 mins), going for regular 3 km runs 4 times a week (which will take around 20 mins each time he goes for a run), practising short 30m sprints (for 20 mins twice a week), going to the gym (once a week for 2 hours), and stretching everyday for 15 mins.

-Now he needs to write these actions down in the order they have to be done.  Number one could be signing up for the run at school. All the other activities have to be done consistently so he can skip this step

-Next, Bob needs to figure out where he is going to fit all the actions into his normal daily routine. For this he’s going to use a table. This is how a regular week looks for him now:

Bob’s normal week

Bob had a look at his table and filled in his training plan for a week. (notice all the actions that have to do with his goal are green):

Bob’s new training week

He’s also going to stretch for 15 minutes before he goes for a run and after.

-And then Bob just needs to follow his plan for the 5 months!

One last IMPORTANT note: Don’t forget to measure your progress every week (or even everyday) to see if you are moving towards your goal! Bob for example could measure his progress by timing himself on one of the runs each week to see how he’s going. If he’s not keeping up he might have to do more training.

I hope this helped you in making a really good plan for your goal! Would you use this goal setting method for your goals or do you have a different one?