We all know we are supposed to set goals to improve our lives. But why do it? What's the point?
Goal setting doesn't just lead to a more successful life, but it can also lead to a more satisfying and enriching life. Setting goals that you are passionate about increases energy, provides purpose, and helps you grow. Goals help you stay focused on the things you care about and can help make life feel less overwhelming.
So set goals you care about. Often we set goals out of obligation or other external influences. As a fitness coach I see this all the time, people set goals and then don't stick to them. Because the goal they set wasn't theirs in the first place. It is their friends, their moms, or someone they follow on Instagram's goal. You may also be thinking...sometimes we just have to do things we don't want to do. And sometimes this is true, but only if it is something that helps you work towards YOUR goal and sense of personal success and happiness.
So, if this all rings true to you, here are some steps to setting goals you are passionate about (using the process from the Passion Planner).
1. Take time to think about what brings you joy. Set a 5 min timer and record anything that answers the question: “If I could be anything, do anything, or have anything, What would it be?” Write every single thing that comes to mind and be as specific as possible. Lastly, do not feel the need to be realistic or justify your dreams. Just write.
2. Create a timeline. Sort your goals into 4 categories. Is this something you want to happen in the next 3 months, 1 year, 3 years or in your lifetime?
3. Prioritize. So now that you have a vision board its time to narrow down what you want to focus on. Set a 1 min timer and circle the goal or goals that would have the most impact on your life in each category.
4. Make a Plan. Now choose one goal at a time and break it down into actionable steps. If there isn't one goal sticking out to you, start with the one in the 3 month category. Write out the tasks needed to reach that goal. Assign due dates and be specific. You can do this for multiple goals, but try to focus on only 1-4 goals at a time.
5. Work on it! Make sure the goals are written down somewhere visible. Tell others for accountability and do something daily to work towards your goal.
6. Reevaluate. Things change, we change, life changes. Sit down at least 1x every 1-3 months to go through this process and make sure you are on track and working toward the goals that matter to you!
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