Easy Guide To Setting Goals (And Actually Achieving Them)
By Kat Gal
We are mid-way through the year. (Whaaat?!)
Do you even remember your New Year’s resolutions?
“My what??” My point exactly.
If you haven’t met or even looked at your New Year’s Resolutions and 2016 goals yet, don’t worry, it’s not too late. In fact, it is the perfect time (now is always the right time!).
But don’t just go back to your resolutions list; no need to dig through your trash. Set NEW goals.
Here is how to set goals (and follow through with them):
First, set aside some quiet time, up to an hour. Grab a piece of paper and set your timer for 6 minutes. For the next 6 minutes, right down everything that comes to your mind that you want to do, have or achieve. Think big. Listen to your intuition. Write down everything that comes to your mind, even if it is owning a big house in the Bahamas. Write down everything. Keep writing for 6 minutes non-stop.
Once you are done, look through your list and write a number next to each one. If you want to achieve something within 1 year, write 1. If you want to achieve it within 3 years, write 3. If it is 5 years, write 5. If it is 10 years, write 10. If it is 20, write 20. If anything is beyond that, you can just write 50 or a 100 or a question mark.
Next, just look at those with the number 1 next to them. Take a few minutes (maybe 2) and pick the top 3 goals that are the most important to you to achieve within the next year.
Once you have your top 3 goals, write a minimum of 3 action steps you need to do to achieve each goal.
And now comes the “action” part of goal setting. When setting goals, it is very important to take action right away within 72 hours maximum. Take your first action steps preferably within the next 24 hours, but definitely within the next 72 hours. That would be within the next 3 days. If your first steps don’t seem to be doable, you have to break it down. Remember, small steps can bring you far. Everything starts with the first step, no matter how tiny it is.
Keep referring to your list of goals. Refine your action steps and keep adding new action steps.
Do this goal setting exercise every 3 months (or even monthly) as your goals may change – which is okay.
Most importantly, have fun with your goals and action steps.
Do you set goals regularly? What are your goals for the rest of the year? Share away in the comments below, we always love hearing from you. Let us know how we can help you to reach your goals.
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Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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