As a society, we generally “feel” over-worked.
Do you feel like you’re super busy all the time, yet have so many unfulfilled dreams? Check.
Have you tried various methods of changing aspects of your life, only end up right back where you started? Double-check.
The “secret” to turning this all around isn’t much of a secret… it’s good old-fashioned Goal Setting that will help get you back on track.
You may think you know all there is to know about goal setting, but obviously the methods you’ve been using aren’t working.
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But in the meantime, check out these 5 killer tips to make 2017 your Best Year Ever:
Overestimate your Expectations
This tip is counter-intuitive, but it works.
Set a goal that’s ridiculously high. Why? When you set a lofty goal, you will work harder to reach it and end up doing more than you would with a reasonable goal.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Les Brown, motivational speaker
For example, if your goal as an artist is to complete sketches, then set your goal to create a dozen sketches a week. That way if you only do 8 or 10 sketches within the week, that’s still more than you would’ve completed if you’d set a realistic goal of 7 sketches (one per day).
The goal isn’t to have “a pretty okay year,” right? You want your best year ever!
Make a Tangential Goal
This is another weird one that really works – it also happens to be one of my favorites (and not just because “tangential” reads like a $1,000-dollar-word).
Let’s say your goal is to lose weight and be healthier. Instead of saying “I’ll lose X pounds by X date,” set your goal to run a marathon that’s being held in a couple months’ time, or to take part in the advanced yoga class, etc.
The concept is to aim for an activity that is related, but not direct. This way, you can accomplish your real goal by working towards another goal that’s a bit more rewarding.
It won’t be your best year ever if you’re not enjoying the journey.
Make “Goal Art”
We’ve all heard of a Vision Board, Dream Board, or Inspiration Board, right?
These boards don’t just have to be dedicated to illustrating your wildest dreams… You can create one of these types of Boards for any goal – just get a poster board and color, draw, collage, or paint.
You don’t necessarily have to be on the nose either, just create images that re-create how setting your goal will make you feel. Seeing your art every day will remind you of your goal without being over the top.
Not that crafty? I finally started using my personal Pinterest account – for what you ask? A Vision Board! (Yep, I’m officially a dude who uses Pinterest).
Write Down the Positives of Meeting Your Goal
Just like an inspiration board, a journal entry or blog post about meeting your goal can help you crystallize your intentions and motivate you to keep going.
It’s important to understand why we set goals in the first place, and taking the time to write down your motivation for a goal can be that constant reminder that will help you reach it.
Talk Definitively About Your Goal
Banish the word “if” when it comes to your goals.
Don’t say “if I lose 5 pounds;” instead, you should say “when I lose 5 pounds.”
Talk about your goals as if meeting them is just something that’s going to happen, instead of a “might” or a “maybe”.
Mights and Maybes lead to the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas.
When you make your success inevitable, you are more likely to work hard to make it your best year ever.
Obviously these quick tips aren’t the last word on powerful goal setting.
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