I am an avid goal-getter. A goal oriented, results driven, achievement seeking, goal digger. I like to be a good goal model for my kids, so I figured I’d share some of the goal-setting strategies that have served me well in my quest for total world domination…I mean, success. By the time you are finished with this, you will be a table-top goal playing Master…ruler of the GOAL Realm. Enough with the goal puns…here are my top 3 goal mining strategies!
#1 GRAB YOUR PEN AND PAPER!
In the words of the great George Strait, “Baby, write this down, take a little note.” It is SO important to organize your thoughts and be as deliberate with your planning as possible. Here are some things that you can ask yourself while you stare at that glorious blank sheet of paper:
- What am I wanting? This would be your goal, don’t be unrealistic, but don’t box yourself in. Setting multiple goals won’t kill you either!
- When am I wanting it? Is it a short term or a long term goal? Give yourself a deadline or set multiple time markers, it will motivate you to keep moving and you can check your progress along the way!
- What do I need to do to get it? Research is key! Find out as much info as you can about how to make it from point A to point B. The little juicy details in between make all the difference in the world and they are things that many people overlook.
#2 IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD!
As if you didn’t already know I was going to get on my soapbox and declare the importance of visualization…psh. If you don’t believe me, then please ask yourself this very basic but important question:
- How do you expect to achieve a goal you cannot see yourself achieving?
So, I challenge you to do this daily…better yet, do it multiple times a day, and for extra credit, I would like you to verbalize it as well. Claim this for yourself! Use all of your senses. If your goal is a new car, go test drive it, then go home and remember what it was like…smell the new car smell…feel the steering wheel. It adds to the motivation and desire will drive you to push when you get tired!
#3 STICK WITH IT!
It is super easy to set goals, moderately easy to make some progress on goals, but difficult to see some goals all the way through to fruition. That is why only a very small percentage of people have reached those seemingly unattainable goals; I assure you, it was not by chance. When you feel like abandoning your goals, here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- Why did I set this goal for myself initially?
- Who is watching and how will this impact them?
- Will abandoning this goal help me to achieve my other goals?
- Can this goal be “placed on layaway?”
Did you know that your goals are not written in stone? They can be modified, although I don’t recommend doing it much just out of convenience. We all know that life happens and we have to bend sometimes. That’s okay! You can put your plans on the back burner for a little while and re-prioritize without giving up on them completely! Don’t be a cottonheaded ninnymuggins. It’s not giving up if you strategize and restructure.
Goal-Setting In Action
Let’s say your goal is to eat an entire pizza in one night. ***disclaimer: I don’t recommend doing this because it hurts and your goals should be healthy and not just purely for entertainment.
- What am I wanting?
- To eat an entire pizza in one night
- When am I wanting this?
- Saturday, 10/6/2018 @8pm
- What do I need to do to get this?
- Be at home
- Have an empty stomach
- Loose fitting clothes
- Clear my schedule for the day and possibly the next day
- Tums on my nightstand
- Have $27.00
- Order Pizza
Now I must remember to visualize myself, and check off each task from the list as I prepare. I will see myself enjoying the pizza, I will use my memory to smell and taste the pizza. I will tell myself that I can do it.
I will stick with the goal. If I need to take a break, that’s okay! My goal is to eat an entire pizza. That’s not to say I have to eat it in 20 minutes. I can eat a few slices here and a few slices there. I am not going to beat myself up if I don’t consume every inch of crust, but I will never entirely abandon my goal.
Now, that’s the goal kit and caboodle. The goal shebang. All these goal puns are like Chicken Soup For The Goal. Seriously though, I must be stopped.
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