1. Set short and long term goals for both business and personal.
It's essential to set a variety of goals without overwhelming yourself; setting up too many goals can land you back in square one. So let's break it up into personal and business/career, break this up again into the short and long term. You can have one or two goals for each segment, don't put too much pressure on yourself.
A good exercise for creating goals is writing down all the things you would like to achieve in each segment. Then look at the top two, three or even one that stands out and brings you joy. You'll be much more motivated when you look at achievable goals. Be kind to yourself; there's no need to create overwhelming feelings or thoughts. These exercises are to motivate you and excite you.
2. Set goals that align with your purpose, passion, vision and mission.
When we create goals, it's essential to figure out what's going on for you and why you want to achieve these certain milestones. But, first, it would help if you got clear on our WHY. Why do I want to do this? How will this positively improve my life?
We tend to get off the bandwagon of following an action plan; because there might not be a solid reason for why we want to achieve them. That's why it's essential to have a purpose. For example, I want to get fit, why? Because I will feel better about myself, I'll feel strong, confident in my body, or you have a hiking trip planned with friends at the end of the year.
When brainstorming, have a ponder of these things.
What's the purpose?
How can I be passionate about this?
What's the vision?
What's my end result?
Okay, so you've now got your goals, you've got your purpose. So let's break it down again, and I know more processes. But when you set this up correctly, you're more likely to achieve what you set out to do.
An important question to ask yourself before you create an action plan; is this achievable for me? Is this realistic? I am all for creating big dreams, but let's try not to overwhelm ourselves. Try not to let unrelenting standards get in the way of where you want to be.
4. Plan of Attack & Milestones
Break your long term goals and short term goals into two sections. First, create a timeline with dates for when you want to achieve certain milestones. Then, I would recommend creating a spreadsheet or creating a visual list of these dates.
When you create a spreadsheet list or vision board, you need another thing. Yes, I know, more things. A solid action plan is essential, and it provides you with information on how you're going to get there. It's all well and good to say, I'll run a marathon because I want to get fit, and by the 21st, I run it. You need to know how you're going to get there and what you need to do.
For example, I'll run 1km on these particular days, and I want to build it up to 2km by this month. Create milestones and book in times for when you're going to practice. Start incorporating solid habits into your plan.
Create a vision board or whatever resonates with you so that you can SEE your goals regularly. Keeping them insight will inspire you to continue to take action. I cannot stress the importance of visualisation, and when we see something daily, it's a reminder of where we want to be and how we are going to get there. Make it creative and colourful or something that aligns with you. Then, if you're eager, write down affirmations daily or even weekly, while your vision board is insight.
5. Keep motivated
This is a vital element for getting to where you want to be, probably the hardest one on the list. But the background planning work will help you stay motivated, as they're achievable, you've got a purpose and a 'how to'.
I think it's good to give yourself some slack; just because you missed one workout doesn't mean you don't go to the next one. You might have needed the extra sleep, and you should allow yourself that time. Be flexible and set time aside to notice what's going on.
Recognise your achievements! This is why I love a milestone; it's a great way to keep yourself going. Reward yourself appropriately for each milestone you make. For example, signing on a new client that month, take yourself out for dinner.
In the end, you can plan forever, and these things are essential, but what counts is action and mindset.
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