Last week we used a visualisation tool to think about where we want to be 12 months from now. Combined with the first step (where we want to be), we should have a good understanding of our current situation and exactly where we want to get to.
Q. HOW AM I GOING TO GET THERE?
The final step is to breakdown your goals into small, achievable steps. To think about the small changes you can make today, that will have a big impact in the long term.
Take each area and write down five measurable steps you could take to get a bit closer to your goals. Draw up two columns and include both an action (something you’ll do) and a mindset (how you’re going to be) e.g. Set a to do list every day (action) and stick to it (mindset = disciplined).
Your steps need to be measurable so you can chart your progress, and discover what’s working for you and what’s not. Once a week schedule some time to check-in with your progress and ensure you’re staying on track. If things aren’t working, make sure you adapt your plans, based on your findings. And when things have worked, make sure you reward yourself. Rewards can provide much needed motivation when it comes to sticking to your goals.
Looking at the big picture can feel overwhelming and put you off making any changes, but the key to progress (and staying motivated), is to break things down into small, bite-size chunks so they feel less intimidating.
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Last week we looked at the first step to setting goals, using the Wheel of Life to assess Where are you now? Read it here.
Q. WHERE DO I WANT TO BE?
Completing the Wheel of Life will have given you a good idea of your life satisfaction levels. Depending what you’re going through, there are usually a few disastrous areas that fall well below the other marks, so these should provide good fuel for your goal setting in 2017. Try to whittle it down to one or two main focus areas. It’s difficult to change everything in one go, so choosing one or two to start with will help to ensure you keep motivated, stay on track and don’t feel too overwhelmed.
Having pinpointed your areas for growth and change, take a moment to stop, pause and close your eyes. Visualise yourself 12 months from now and start to think about how you want that area of your life to be different. Ask yourself the following questions… What am I doing? What’s different? Who am I being? Who’s around me? How am I waking up in the morning feeling?
Let your imagination get carried away. Don’t put any limits on how much things could have changed. Think big, dream bigger – life is here for the taking and you get to choose how you’re going to sculpt the next 12 months, so make it count. Aim high and have fun with this. After all, it’s the next chapter in your life story.
Make some notes and repeat this visualisation for each area. If it helps you can draw sketches or create mood boards, use colours and imagery to ignite the imagination. And if you want to change the time frame, feel free to imagine yourself 6 or 18 months from now. Perhaps you have a special date in the diary or are aiming for early retirement. Make sure this feels right for you and whatever’s going on in your life.
Next week we’ll be looking at step 3 How am I going to get there? and finding practical steps to get you moving on your journey.
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A great assessment tool for this is the Wheel of Life found below. Work through each segment of the circle, rating each area by how satisfied you are with it at the moment (10 –couldn’t get any better, 0 –utterly miserable) and shading from the centre up to that mark.
Once you’ve completed each segment, take a step back and look at the ‘wheel of your life’. What do you notice? How smooth is the ride? How balanced? Which areas do you think need refining or the most improvement?
This is a great place to start breaking down the areas you might want to change or set goals around. There are usually 3 or 4 problem areas that arise, sometimes more. So perhaps start with the most important and see how you get on.
N.B Your physical environment usually includes home life and surroundings, and personal growth can cover religion and spirituality. Health should include your energy levels.
Next week we’ll be using visualisation techniques to figure out exactly where you want to be this time in 12 months. Read it here.