How to set goals and achieve them: part 2
How to set goals and acheive them: part 2
This is part 2 of a four-part series on goal setting. In the last email, we talked about why people tend to fail at their goals so often. We also spoke about the importance of following a plan to achieve your goals.
In this email, we will go over…
Visualizing your goals
- Decide who you will be five years from now then visualize what success looks and feels like for you.
Brace yourself, because this is going to get a little hippie. But if you do this, I guarantee the rest of the goal setting process will be as authentic and valid as possible.
Take out a notepad and a pen and set them on the desk in front of you. I would encourage you to use a real pen and paper, not a note-taking app on your phone or laptop. Writing things down the old fashioned way seems to have a much more visceral connection with your creative mind.
Before you put pen to paper, I want you to sit in your chair and close your eyes. You are going to give yourself at least ten minutes to relax, breathing deeply and rhythmically. Allow your mind to drift into a daydream state and your body to sink into the seat.
Set the intention beforehand that you will be experiencing the vision of the truest, most authentic version of yourself five years into the future. Imagine living out your own unique definition of success. Your intention will be to view this version of yourself as though you were watching a movie unfolding before you.
What do you look like and how are you dressed?
Who are the people in your life you surround yourself with?
Where do you live? What does your home look like?
Are you traveling to some exotic location or in an office at your dream job?
Where do you go to have fun and who do you enjoy spending your time with?
In what ways do you give back to your community?
Most importantly, and the idea that we are effectively trying to get at here, what do people know you for and how will you be remembered? Why does a smile come to the faces of all those whose lives you’ve touched when they hear your name?
So why is this exercise so important if all you want to do is tone up and get a booty?
While toning up and getting a booty would be nice, nobody wants to be toned and have a booty just for the sake of being toned and having a booty.
Instead, you likely want the lifestyle that having a healthy looking body, feeling fit, attractive, and vibrant would give you.
When you see yourself in a body you know can be yours, enjoying the fruits of your hard work in the lifestyle you desire, the goal takes on real meaning and purpose.
You are starting to understand the relationship inherent in having optimal health and fitness and its effect on the quality of your life and the attainment of your truest desires.
Once you have established this vision clearly in your mind's eye, open the notepad and begin writing out an in-depth description of the vision of you that you just saw.
Write your account in the first person and as though you have already achieved the healthy body and vibrant lifestyle you just envisioned.
Be sure you state clearly how grateful you are to yourself for allowing the success and for all of the positive events which have filled your life as a result. Give thanks to all of those who helped you along the way.
Most important of all, and likely the most difficult for you to write down, be sure to affirm to yourself that you are worthy of this body, health, and lifestyle which you have worked hard at creating.
In part 3, we will take the vision you just created and build a SMART goal so your chances of making that vision a reality go from just a possibility to an inevitability.
Thanks again for taking time out of your day to read this article! I hope it helped you.