2018 Goals – a new way to reach them

Just off a training with one of my mentors, and I have to share with you 3 quick tips I learned about how you can increase the potential to reach the goals you set for yourself in 2018.

1. First step is to write down your goals, right?  But what’s critical is to write down a specific date you want to achieve that goal by.

For example, “I want to lose 10 pounds by February 15, 2018.”   Whatever your goal is, write it down and pick a date by which you will have achieved it!  Seems simple, right?

2). The next part of this is really powerful though…and that is to announce it to the world. What?  Really?  You have to tell the world?  Yes…this is the important part!

Here’s where we begin to worry about what others will think of us.

A friend may say, “Hey, didn’t you say you were going to lose 10 pounds back in January?” or, “Didn’t you say you wanted to move up a rank in your company by such and such a date?”

Don’t worry about that. Whatever your goal is, announce it to the world, because something magical happens when we do this… we put our intent out there first.

We often write down our goals and then we start analyzing how we’re going to get there.  We get caught in the trap of the mind.  We start to reason, ‘How am I going to do this?”   We think that we need to figure out the steps to get somewhere before we start.

We don’t!

The reason we get stuck here is age-old.  There is a part of our brain that wants to keep us safe and it is threatened by anything new.  If we wait too long before acting upon something, fear and/or reasoning steps in and begins to question what we are doing.  This was very helpful thousands of years ago when we needed to be cautious in case a predatory animal was lurking outside, but today it can hold us back from achieving our goals.

I’ve seen myself do this over and over again in the past…set a goal, try to analyze how am I going to do it and then not take the steps forward.

3).  When you achieve what you want by a specific date, give yourself a reward.  Maybe you give yourself a spa day. If it’s a huge, huge goal that you’ve achieved, perhaps you buy yourself a new car or go on a vacation you’ve always thought about.  Whatever it is, it’s going to be different for all of us, but think about just announcing what you want to the world and then figure out how to do it.

This way it’s just something that you’ve put into place and you work towards, instead of trying to figure out how to work towards something.  Makes complete sense, right?

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie

Comment below if you’d like to share your goals. I’d love to hear what your goals are and what you plan to reward yourself with too!

Marilyn

 

 

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