3 Tips on Goal Setting

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 Are You Ready to Begin Your Journey to Success?

Have you noticed that any time we choose a new course of action or take on a new life change, obstacles arise and self-doubt creeps up? In goal setting, for example, seeing ourselves as being a part of the end result can be as unachievable as it is daunting. But take it from those who have been there, done that-- with true grit, commitment and perseverance, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to doing.

While anticipation and hesitation can actually kill you, doing and acting (the part) can become a fun, adventurous journey to uncovering what drives you. Fear of the unknown can be powerful, and while it’s up to you to understand yourself first and foremost, we want to help you carve out your path with greater grace and ease and with less reactivity and fear.

Whatever your goals and dreams may be, here are 3 tips to help you get started in creating your road map to success:

Identify the Objective-

We need to first understand where we are in order to know where we want to be. Be aware that arriving at a real answer oftentimes, means taking an objective, sometimes difficult look at oneself. Setting our goals high is great, but it’s best to make them Specific, Attainable, and Realist (SAR). Taking a real honest look at what truly motivates us means we are making our goals, uniquely ours and not someone else’s. This is why it’s important to customize your course; define your specific goals, because if they’re not yours, they will be superficial and will not endure over hardships.

Chart your course, but be prepared to go off-course-

On any path to success, the road can be rocky and unpaved. Prepare yourself to go off-course, while keeping in mind that it’s natural to fall down, to even face devastating failure. How we pick ourselves back up will greatly affect the perceived ‘ease’ during the journey, thus affecting the outcome. After you’ve understood the course of action, you will need to remind yourself continually of the desired end goal. Remind your client too, that it’s natural to possess self-doubt, to become discouraged or disillusioned. This is why it’s important to remember that during the journey, you will need to constantly re-asses what the variables are (as they do often change) at that moment in time. Ask often: what is currently driving me toward my goals? A good place to start is to keep asking: What do I really, really want? And be sure you are honest about your responses.

Expect obstacles and be malleable to change-

Recognize that your ability to adapt, to embrace challenges, and the ability to flow with change will greatly determine the rate at which your goals are reached. In goal setting, always expect regressions as being a natural part of progression. Symbiotically, one cannot exist or survive without the other. When facing any roadblock, learn to see them as taking a more scenic detour through another mini-adventure. Who knows? While the constant process of falling off then getting back on, may seem as if it’s slowing you down, if you’re willing, we might even uncover a more beautiful, interesting, exotic path—when you allow yourself to fall.

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