Goal setting

What are goals?goal setting2

Goals provide visualization of a future outcome. They are precise statements of specific commitments to produce measurable results. The translate priorities into action.

Why set goals?

Gives clarity - How are you supposed to manifest and achieve your dreams if they are not clearly spelt out? Setting your goals gives you clarity on what you ultimately want. It makes you crystallize and articulate the desires floating in your mind. It ensures that you are channeling your time, energy and efforts into things that really matter to you. It makes you live more consciously.

Drives you forward - Your goals are a representation of your inner desires; desires which motivate you in life. Goals give you motivation; they are the fuel which drives you forward and keep you going when the going gets tough.

Gives focus - Goals give you a single focal point to place your attention on. They allow you to hone in on exactly what you want to spend your time and energy in. You may have a broad idea of what you want to do. But until you clearly articulate it out as specific goals, it’s easy to get sidetracked.

Makes you accountable - Rather than just talking about what you want all the time and not do anything concrete about them, you are now obligated to take action. Setting a specific goal gives you clarity on whether you are living up against what you committed yourself to do when you first set your goal.
This accountability is accountability to yourself, not anyone else. This accountability is what you hold up to when you choose the healthy salad over that piece of fried chicken. It is what you answer to when you got out of bed early to do your meditation instead of pressing the snooze button three times. When you stay accountable toward your goals, you are in fact staying true to your desires.

Be the best you can be - Goals help you achieve your highest potential. By setting goals, you set targets to strive against. These targets make you venture into new places, new contexts, new situations which puts you into growth mode. They make you stretch beyond your normal self and reach new heights.

How do you write an effective goal?

The structure of a goal includes -
Outcome - what you will do and how success will be measured.
Activity - the action(s) taken to accomplish the outcome.

How Can I Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals For Health and Well-being?

Whether your goal is to create more YOU time, increase your awareness or become more centered, setting S.M.A.R.T. goals will give you an edge by keeping you focused and motivated throughout your endeavor.
S – specific, significant, stretching (what do you want? why do you want it? who will help you? where will you achieve it?)
M – measurable, meaningful, motivational (how will you measure progress?)
A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented (how will you accomplish this goal?)
R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented (is it doable and meaningful to you?)
T – time-based, timely, tangible, trackable (when will you accomplish this goal?)

Putting this into action

Your task is to set yourself a minimum of three physical related, three mentally related and three emotionally related goals to achieve in the future.

Physical Related Goals

Specific Goal
How will it be measured?
Action required?goal setting
Is it realistic?
Completion date?
Mentally Related Goals

Specific Goal
How will it be measured?
Action required?
Is it realistic?
Completion date?

Emotional Related Goals

Specific Goal
How will it be measured?
Action required?
Is it realistic?
Completion date?
Now's the fun part...putting what you've learnt into action! Good luck, let me know how you go!