Author: Rebecca Verduci
Challenges are a part of life and overcoming them empowers and motivates everyone.
We are often faced with “being the best we can be” and the potential to have it all. Our country of privilege allows for all that we desire and we, therefore, have the resources to attain all that is within our reach. The challenge varies from individual to individual but usually lies within the realm of finances, health or personal growth. So if we have every possibility and resource at our disposal to achieve our goals and overcome challenges, how do we make it happen?
Goal setting and achievement follows 5 main steps.
- Set a goal that motivates you.
If you have no passion for the desired outcome of your goal, it will fizzle before it takes off from the starting line. Think about why you chose the goal and if it will benefit you. A goal can be selfish or stand to benefit all that you care about. It can bring growth, knowledge or pretty shiny things at the end. Spend time daydreaming about your goal and see if it the excitement generated lasts. Share your excitement with family and friends and regardless of their responses or well-meaning advice, see if the goal still motivates.
- Make sure you have a SMART goal
Is your goal SPECIFIC?
Can you MEASURE your goal?
How ATTAINABLE is it?
Is the goal RELEVANT to your current circumstances?
Can you place a TIME frame on when you expect to achieve your goal?
An example goal may be as follows: I wish to read one book a month for the rest of the year to improve my knowledge on Gardening.
Specific – Yes, it states exactly what the goal is.
Measurable – Yes, one book must be read monthly
Attainable – Yes, I can put aside 30 minutes a night in achieving my goal
Relevant – Yes, I love gardening and value personal growth and balance
Time – Yes, The rest of the year.
This is the perfect SMART goal for me.
- Goals in Writing
Writing down a goal where it is constantly visible shows your commitment to the goal and presents as a constant reminder to focus on what is important. Energy is sent to its success when in written form.
- Create an action plan around your goal.
Focusing on the goal mentioned above; it may be as little as joining a library and allocating 9pm-9.30pm every weekday night to reading.
A goal of fitness may include: Research a local gym with similar values and competencies to achieve desired goal, join gym, commit to 3 times per week for 6 months, allocate specific times each week to attend classes, create rewards chart to show progress, think of reward for end of 6 months once goal is achieved.
- Stick with it.
Understand that the empowerment of completing a goal is electrifying. The endorphins released on attainment of a goal cannot be replicated. An addiction to goal achievement will ensue and provide you with growth, sense of accomplishment, feeling of achievement, strength and general well-being. Not to mention the success of the original goal set out.