“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
– Albert Einstein
The time has come. 2017 is only a few weeks away. Do you know what that means?
Yep! It’s time to start thinking about new goals. What do you want to accomplish next year? In 5 years?
Last year was the very first time I set goals for myself and actually stuck to them all year long. I am AMAZED at how much my life has changed. This method, paired with a positive attitude, is a sure fire way to help you live the life of your dreams.
1. Determining Priorities
The first thing you need to do is determine your priorities. Which areas of your life are you satisfied with, and which areas are keeping you from unlocking your potential? To determine your priorities, look at the list below and rate each area of your life on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most satisfied). Don’t over think it! The first number that pops into your head is usually the right one.
Okay, so now you should have a list with all 10 areas rated (note: each area should be scored individually based on overall satisfaction, not ranked from least to most satisfied.) The areas with the lowest scores need to have the most weight when considering your goals, because the areas that we struggle with keep us from focusing on what it is we want to achieve.
Intrinsic Priority vs. Key Priority
Knowing the difference between your intrinsic priorities and your key priorities is going to help you determine which areas need the most focus. Your intrinsic priority is the area of your life that comes naturally to you. You don’t need to think about it, it just is. For example, if you wake up every morning and go for a run, and fitness is part off our daily routine, you don’t need any help or accountability in this area because it just comes naturally to you.
Your key priority, is the area (or areas) that need the most attention. They have the lowest ratings on your list, and are the areas which are holding you back the most. Your key priorities will change over the course of your life, but should be the primary focus of your goals right now.
2. Setting Goals
Setting goals is exciting, but it can also feel a little intimidating. I mean, you are writing down on paper (which always makes things feel more real than just toying with ideas in your head) things that you really want. And if you’re new to this, you may experience immediate feelings of self doubt, fear, or nervousness. You might think to yourself “I have no idea how I could possibly accomplish this, it feels like a waste of time.” But it’s not! Have faith in yourself.
When determining your goals, you’ll want to make sure they are attainable, but uncomfortable. When we step outside our comfort zone, we are forced to think outside the box, utilize our resources, and overcome unexpected obstacles. Don’t expect this to be easy, just remember that the challenging times are the ones in which we grow the most, and they prepare us for our future successes. Your goals should also have measure. Our brains don’t really like ambiguity. We are able to work harder and more persistently toward our goals if we have a deadline. So make your goals realistic, but also allow them to make your stomach turn a little bit.
Set aside some time once per week (I prefer Sunday evening) to rewrite your 10 goals, without looking back at what you wrote the week before. If you copy and paste your goals each week, they lose their luster and you’re far more likely to get off track. With forward thinking, we are able to exercise our drive and desire, and focus on what it is we want to accomplish right now.
Last, write your goals as if you’e already accomplished them. For example, “I am living a balanced lifestyle; I eat wholesome, healthy foods, exercise 5x per week, and listen to my bodies needs.” This will help train your mind to begin acting in a way that is congruent to you living out your goals.
3. Your PUSH Goal
Your push goal is your number one, all encompassing goal. It should become like a mantra to you. It will be at the top of the list every week and won’t change. The other 9 goals you write might shift and change over the course of the year, as you begin to cease opportunities and as your life changes, but your push goal will always be the same.
My 2016 push goal was to become so deeply connected to my intuition that I make every decision based on feeling, and to run a successful blog that inspires others to live their truth. When I set this intention, I had absolutely no idea how to start a blog, and I was very good at second guessing myself. By sticking to this method, I was able to develop a strong connection to my internal guidance system and not only did I start a blog, but I also began writing for Aura Avenue. All the right opportunities came my way because I was persistent with my goals and priorities.
So, identify the areas of your life that need the most attention and build your goals accordingly. Have fun with this and let yourself get excited! Focus on how incredible you will feel once you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to do, and let those good feelings drive you through the tough times. I promise you will come out the other end with experiences even more amazing than you imagined.
P.S. Share below what your push goal is, I’d love to hear about it! Next week I will give you some insight into maintaining to-do lists that will help you actually achieve your goals. Stay tuned!