I love making goals.
I love achieving & manifesting goals even more.
Goal setting and achieving those goals is the core, the central key to transforming your life.
Yet so many of us struggle with achieving the goals we set for ourselves. Why is that?
Well there are many reasons to be honest. It could be that
- Your goals are fuzzy
- Your obsess about the end result and forget the process
- You overestimated the time it will take to manifest the goal
- You are making the goal because it’s what you ‘should’ do but is not what you actually want
- You make the goal but forget to plan the action
We have all been there.
As a life coach working with life transformation, Goal setting and manifestation is pretty much the bread and butter of what I do. I teach it, I guide it and every week I see people who need help with it. And to be honest I love it!
Over the years I have created a 6 step system that helps my clients actually achieve their goals.
This system simplifies goal setting, gets you really focused, helps you deal with the ups and downs of manifestation and most importantly will help you enjoy the journey.
The six steps are:
- Get Clear and Real
- Make your goals S.M.A.R.T – ACT goals
- Create a Road Block strategy
- Make them Visible
- Get Support
- Focus on the Process not the goal
Work your way through them step by step and I know you will manifest your goals.
Step 1: Get Clear and Real
Clear and Real is the foundation. Like when you plant something you have to prepare the ground and be realistic in what can grow there, it’s the same with goal setting. If you have read my post on creating a vision board you might recognise this process. My apologiese for repeating myself but as this truly is the best process I have found to setting goals that you really want I wanted to include it here.
Brainstorm the answers to the following questions:
- What is not working in my life? How would I like that to change?
- What is working for me in my life? Do I want more of this?
- What unfulfilled dream is burning to become a reality this year?
- What brings me joy? How will I bring more of that into my life this year?
- What actions do I want to take to change my life right now?
- Which of these actions might I resist doing?
- Is this change something I am passionate about?
Once you have done this reflective process. Brain storm your goals. If this for year goals do only 6. Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you really want to manifest your goals do take on more than you can do.
Look at your drafted out goals. Ask yourself
- Is this really, truly something I want to do in my life?
- Am I passionate about this
If it is, go to step two (ohh it feels like we are playing Monopoly!). If not scratch that goal and make one you are passionate about. If you are not sure that you want it then it’s a No. You can always feel in your stomach if you want something. If the answer is maybe, it is not a Yes. And you are only going to achieve goals that really you can say Yes to.
Step 2: Make ‘em S.M.A.R.T -ACT goals
S.M.A.R.T goals have been the rage for many a year. That’s because it’s a process that works. A SMART goal is used to help guide goal setting. An important thing to note is that it is about the goal setting not the goal manifestation. For those of you that haven’t come acros them before, SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Therefore, a SMART goal incorporates all of these criteria to help focus your efforts and increase the chances of achieving that goal.
Or in simple terms you take your goal from a floofy nice idea to a specific accountable task.
To make your goals into SMART goals make sure that they are:
Specific: Well defined, clear, and unambiguous
Measurable: With specific criteria that measure your progress towards the accomplishment of the goal
Achievable: Attainable and not impossible to achieve
Realistic: Within reach, realistic, and relevant to your life purpose
Timely: With a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date. The purpose is to create urgency.
So say you original goal was : More Me Time in 2020
A SMART goal version of the same goal could be:
I will have one afternoon of me time alone to recharge my energy per month starting February 2020.
It is very Specific. It is easy to measure, once a month. It is realistic and achievable as it’s not every week so fits a busy life style. And you know when it will be happening, ever month this year.
Do this with all your goals.
Now the REALLY; REALLY, important part. The ACT part. This is my own invention and it stands for Action.
There has been a trend of people creating SMART goals and thinking that is going to help them manifest them. Duh! Sorry but if you don’t take action that is not going to happen.
So for each goal create an action plan. Identify the steps you are going to take to reach your goal. This is your process. Write it down. You will never remember your good ideas in 6 months from now.
These action plans are your blue print to achieving your goals. Choose one thing do it. When its a habit or something you have achieve cross it off and do the next thing. It saves a lot of though energy and helps you keep on track. And importantly will help you celebrate each success of your journey 🙂
Step 3: Create a Road Block strategy
Now a lot of people say when manifesting it’s not a great idea to think about what is going to go wrong. But I do think if you don’t consider that you will have resistance or pitfalls along the way to achieving a goal then you are not being real. Have a look at your goals and action plan. Try to predict what might be a roadblock for you in achieving that goal or taking that action. You now have a contingency plan. As my Mum always said better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. (she has so many of these infallible things it’s amazing). And of course you can’t predict everything. But a little bit of forethought will go a long way to helping you succeed.
Step 4: Make them Visible
This is a little self explanatory. If you see your goals regularly you are more likely to achieve them. I like to do this with a vision board- which you can find out more about making here. Some of my clients prefer to write them out. Put them where you will see them every day.
Step 5: Get support
Every successful athlete, superstar, successful person has a team. Achieving goals alone is really hard. So gather your pit crew around you. If your goal is actively practicing self-love once a week then get a friend to write to you once a month on Facebook and ask you what self love actions have you taken. Accountability and help not only gets you to achieve your goals you also have people to celebrate your successes with and believe me that is way more fun! So grab a friend, a partner, a mum, a life coach and build your manifestation support team.
Step 6: Focus on the Process not the goal
Now you are good to go. But one final and very important piece of advice. Focus on the process not the goal. If you focus too much on the goal you can fall into the trap of thinking “When I reach my goal I will feel better” “When I reach my goal I will be successful”. It’s a huge amount of pressure to put on yourself. It’s unnecessary stress. The journey of manifestation is a roller coaster. By focusing on the process, enjoying the journey you can enjoy the here and now. It helps you to feel successful here and now because you are moving towards the goal. The goal is the icing on the cake. Don’t wait to enjoy just the icing, enjoy the whole cake!
So now I want to hear from you.
What goals are you focusing on right now? How did you make them smart? And what is the first action you will take?
Let me know in the comments below
Come over to the Re:Root Your Life Facebook Page where this week we are focusing on goal setting and there is loads of advice and tips for you to help you set and achieve all your goals
From my heart to yours have an amazing week