Welcome back to The Monica Way.
Today I’m exploring the notion of setting and achieving your goals. For some, goal setting may seem pointless, for others setting a goal can be the catalyst that converts an idea into a reality.
Personally, I’m a very physical and practical goal setter, I love making lists and seeing my goals visually, written down onto paper. In this article I’m going to be giving you my top three tips on how to successfully set and achieve your goals.
The word ‘goal’ can sometimes connote something rather ambiguous and perhaps a little daunting. Whereas in actual fact the word ‘goal’ (in this sense) simply means the object of a person’s ambition or effort. Your goal doesn’t have to be revolutionary, it simply needs to be something that you are passionate to change or achieve in your life. Something that will impact you in a positive way and bring you that sense of achievement that we all yearn for.
Setting Yearly, Monthly and Weekly goals is a method of life planning that I’ve been using for around four years now and I really do recommend it. It’s a highly motivating and rewarding means of tracking your progress and ensuring that you’re reaching your potential both on a personal and work level.
The tips I’m about to share are simple but effective. They’ve enabled me to get to where I am today and I feel really proud of what I’ve achieved so far.
Goals are personal to every individual. My goals this year have been varied in size and profundity. Some as small as drinking more water, straightening my hair less and taking better care of my skin. Bigger goals that have been ticked off my 2017 list include learning a third language, living in Italy and moving to London. These are all genuine goals that I wrote down for myself over a year ago and can now look back on with pride and a real sense of achievement.
Goals big or small are still goals and all contribute to your general well-being and sense of accomplishment. With that being said, let’s get started!
1. Set your goals and be specific
We all have goals we want to achieve but sometimes we just need that initial push to acknowledge and prioritise them. Start with really thinking about what you want to accomplish and why. Ensure that this is a goal you are passionate about and that you are really going to give it your best shot. Establish what exactly the completion of this goal would look like in your mind and carve out what would be required in order to achieve it.
Tip: If you’re not ready to take on the full goal all in one, break it down into sizeable and doable segments… Baby steps!
2. Write it down
“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.”
In a world that revolves around technology, the old school paper and pen seems almost archaic. I firmly believe in the power of physically writing down thoughts and ideas. Writing down your goals brings about clarity and direction. A written goal is a constant reminder of what you have set out to do, it keeps you on track and can really help prevent you from swaying off track or making irrational decisions.
There are many different formats in which you can lay out your goal setting. I like to set my goals into categories by having a page for each heading such as my work goals, physical goals, lifestyle goals and material goals.
On the completion of my goals I always give myself a big fat tick beside my original target. Looking back and palpably seeing your success on paper is such an amazing sense of satisfaction and magnifies the legitimacy of goal completion.
Tip: Treat yourself to a really special notebook that makes writing down your goals a blissful and enjoyable experience.
3. Enjoy the journey and be realistic
I don’t use the word journey lightly. The reason goals are goals is because they require effort and determination. Reaching your goals may not always be attainable in the original time frame that you set for yourself and that’s okay. There may, and probably will be setbacks, BUT REMEMBER pick yourself back up, re-read why you started in the first place and refocus. Goal setting is fun and you can really play about with it- you may surprise yourself!
Tip: Daily to do lists are a game changer! They can help you overcome feelings of being overwhelmed, and reduce the anxiety around whether you’re being productive throughout the day. I usually have around 3 ‘to do’s‘ per day, which personally I find attainable, but find what works best for you.
If there’s something that bugs you daily or perhaps you’re just looking to learn a new skill, make it your goal and get started. Setting goals and achieving them is a journey that comes with so many benefits and now is the perfect time to start.
Let me know if you’ve found this helpful, I would love to hear about your tips, goals and ambitions for 2018!