Looking back over the 12 week Fall course and your goals, how did you do? Did you have business goals? Personal goals? Specific goals? Abstract goals? Did you ROCK? Or did you hide under the covers and hope those goals would magically disappear? It is important to take a few minutes to reflect on what went well and where some areas of improvement may be.
What was your intention?
Were you trying to fix, accept or build on something?
Was it attainable or did you feel too much pressure?
Were you supported?
Did you enjoy the journey? How could you enjoy it?
You get too focused on the outcome and forget about the experience?
Did you allow fear to creep in? How can you put the “what if’s” to rest?
When revisiting Goals for Winter of 2015, Mike Robbins Author of Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself: Everyone Else Is Already Taken says to focus on three areas: Intention, Goal, and Action.
Intentions: Your intentions are your deepest desires. You may have an intention to be peaceful, grateful, loving, successful, healthy, etc. This is usually the root motivation for any of your specific goals. Most people don’t really want goals like a new relationship, more money or a fit body simply for the sake of those things themselves. You want them because of what you believe you will experience by having them in your life.
Goals: Effective goals are ones that are specific and measurable. When goals are clear and measurable you are more likely to hit them. If a goal is not measurable you will drive yourself crazy wandering in circles and never be able to hit it. It will never help you reach your true intention. Your goals simply take your intentions and focus them on real outcomes.
Actions: Creating controllable goals on a daily, weekly and monthly will improve your likelihood of success. Think SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time sensitive. Support and accountability are crucial to hitting those goals and realizing intentions so find a mentor or someone to help hold you accountable. Baby steps each day or week will bring a successful outcome.
Remember to enjoy this journey and that you set it up to better yourself. Life happens and we all will fall down. The important part is that we get back up and lean on the supportive people who help send you back out. Keep trying, be persistent and good things will happen.