Do You Need Help With Goal Setting?
5 Terrific Tips To Help You Achieve Everything You’ve Ever Wanted
+ Free Printable Goal Setting Workshe + Resources!
The title of this post promises so much doesn’t it? Well, guess what, it’s all possible. I’m here to help with goal setting.
“If you dream it, you can achieve it.” – Zig Ziglar
(Does anyone else finish “if you can dream it” with a rather famous R Kelly song? I did. That shows how cultured I am. I’m all about Space Jam)
I’m a dreamer, always have been and always will be.
I am constantly thinking of ideas and I have notebooks full of craft project ideas and blog posts.
How do I figure out which ones to pursue? I ask why. Why am I doing this and how does it get me closer to my end goal? Of course, I don’t always do things because they’re moving me towards a specific goal.
“Look for the answer inside your question” – Rumi
1. My first tip for you is to always ask Why. Why this goal?
Meditating, journaling and yoga make me happy. They’re good for my mental health, which in turn is good to keep me on track to achieve goals in other areas of my life.
When you set a goal, think about the end goal and why you want to achieve it.
2. Set goals that excite and motivate you.
If your goal is to go to the Bahamas but it means you have to work longer hours in a crappy job, what should you do? Get a stunning picture of the Bahamas and set it as wallpaper on all your electronics.
No matter what your goals are, post reminders where you will see them regularly. Post it notes, photos and vision boards are an excellent idea to keep you on track.
Is your goal to quit that crapola job and work from home?
Take some time to meditate or at least relax and visualise how you want your future to look.
Do you want to have an amazing home office?
A space where you are constantly motivated and happy to be in?
Find some amazing craft rooms and post them up on your walls to remind you, that is where you want to be.
Remember that you are 100% more likely to achieve your goal if you are really excited about the outcome. (Full disclosure, I completely made that percentage up. But I believe it! Is that enough?!)
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill
Setting SMART goals is just the beginning.
CEO, Author and productivity expert Brian Tracey coined the mnemonic SMART goals;
Time bound goals
But as I said, setting the goals is the first step.
For the past few years, I have anticipated every January first so I get on with those New Years resolutions!
I have always known that setting resolutions didn’t work.
Even when I was a young and foolish, I knew that saying I wanted something was very different to actually getting something.
That’s when I started to set goals with an attainable win for me!
3. Break your goals down into actionable steps.
If you apply a timeframe to your action steps then you’re flying sunshine!
The more detailed your actionable steps are, the more likely you are to be successful.
4. Set A Time Frame!
If your goal is to start a blog and start earning money within three months, that gives you a 12 weeks to plan your action steps.
How to use the free printable:
You should print out a few of these.
Maybe 1 weeks worth? Fill it in and review it every single day.
The space at the bottom is for your favourite motivational quote and you can tick off those steps. At the end of the week, see what you have achieved and celebrate every single win!
I’ve been sharing inspirational and motivational quotes for you to use and I urge you to check out my pinterest board with fabulous quotes.
They are not focused on anything in particular; I started the board so I could save my favourites for future lettering projects.
That way you can decide if you want to keep printing this out or switch to something like a trello board.
Personally, I use a printable to set my goals and action steps and I then create a trello board for each goal with action steps underneath.
I’d like to share this sample trello board, created for trello by Brit Morin, ceo of Brit & Co. The board was intended to help her organise a home makeover. I have something similar in process at the moment.
You can attach due dates, reminders and add attachments. This is a very visual way of organising your goals & action steps. Quite like a Kanban board only so much more.
5. My last tip: Celebrate every single win
Seriously. Every single task you achieve is a win. It gets you one step closer.
I like to visualise that I’m stepping across stepping stones in a little shallow river.
It doesn’t matter if I fall in, and every step is getting me closer to the other side, where I want to be.
Remember to keep thinking of the final outcome. why you were motivated in the first place and how amazing it’s going to feel to achieve everything on your list!
“You are capable of amazing things”
- Ask yourself, why are you setting this goal?
- Set goals that excite and motivate you
- Break your goals down into actionable steps
- Apply a timeframe to your goals
- Celebrate every single win!
Rinse and repeat!
“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure” Henry Kissinger
(Psssst, that is Stephen Colbert dancing with War Criminal Henry Kissinger in the background)
Two extra tips from me: If you use trello and chrome, download these three extensions:
Pomello – which helps apply the pomodoro technique and uses time increments of 25 minutes for you to work on a task. When the timer buzzes you can choose to finish the task or keep working on the same task after you have a timed break.
Trello web clipper – helps you clip webpages onto your trello boards without having to open trello itself.
Chromello for Trello – where you can add cards.
If you use chrome, download xTab; I suffer greatly from getting distracted too easily.
I have been known to have about 15 tabs open at once. With this extension, I’m able to set a limit to how many tabs I have open and block new tabs from opening up.
I love it.
ToddHerman – 90 Day Year
Dawn Nicole – Vision Board Printables