“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”
Hello and welcome to another Monday Motivator, helping you create the best version of you each week. Hope you got started last week in using the worksheet to create your vision.
1. Get clear on your vision
Once you are clear on your vision/dream, the goals to achieve it become clear too. I think that’s where most of us go wrong in creating goals, they aren’t based on a clear vision of how we want to be, what we want to be doing and who we are doing it with. The template I shared last week, is really brilliant to help you get started with this.
2. Do a visualising, affirming meditation
The next step now, is to look at this vision and imagine yourself in this one year from now. A good way to do this is by doing a visualising meditation. Start with deep breathing, using your diaphragm to make your breath really deep, in through the nose, out through the mouth. Then let yourself visualise what you are doing one year from now. Engage all your senses in this, so that it becomes vivid and real to you. You can start some affirmations as well, about how you can do this, that you are attracting success and abundance to you. Say whatever you need to, so that you overcome the things that may stop you. I suggest you try to do this each day, especially on the “not so good” days. Those days where things go wrong and you think your dreams and goals are just beyond you, this will help centre and ground you and bring back that feeling that you can and will do this. It doesn’t have to take long, just 10 minutes can be enough. You will come out of it feeling relaxed, motivated and confident.
3. Create some SMART goals
From your vision, you can now sort out some goals and deadlines. It is important that our goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timed. I usually like to add another “S”, to this, they should be Shared. That way, you are more likely to achieve them. The best way to set goals is to start with the end vision in 1 year, and work backwards in increments of quarters, making sure that you are focusing on the big, important goals that are going to make a difference and have you achieving the vision you are creating. You may need to go out longer than one year for really big goals, but work on the same principal of working backwards. In that case, you may have 2 year goals, then 1 year, then 9 month, 6 month, 3 month, 1 month, next week. Here is an annual plan worksheet to help you with this” Annual plan goals
4. Prioritise and Chunk down the actions
Make sure you chunk down the actions into do-able tasks and prioritise the goals so that you working on the right stuff. That way, you won’t feel overwhelmed before you start. I tend to do massive goal setting at the start of each year, there is always heaps that I want to achieve, so I just pour it all out, letting myself brainstorm all the things that I was thinking of, then I look at what is really important to me. What is going to make a difference, what will get me living my best life and being the best me and helping others the most? Then I can concentrate on the important things and break them down into small, daily or weekly tasks that are going to gradually build up and achieve the things I want.
5. Review the plan each quarter
Things will change as you progress through the year, so it’s important that you do regular reviews. Both to account for any changes, but also to review what’s worked and what hasn’t, so that you can tweak your goals as you go. That’s another area that people go wrong in I think, they get half way through the year and they haven’t got to where they thought they would, so they give up. In fact, looking at what has happened and why, can provide great insights for the second half of the year.
Whew, that’s a lot of information for one blog. I hope it helps and I hope you can get your year’s plan underway. If you are struggling, contact me click here and make a time to meet me by phone, zoom or in person to get help with your plan. It’s easier than struggling away on your own.
Have a brilliant week, feeling motivated all week, setting goals and making plans so that your vision becomes reality.