Goal Setting 2015

Usually at the start of every year I post a blog about goal setting and getting the year set up to blast through plateus and storm into the possibility of having everything you’ve ever wanted.

But before you do it : this year I want to add a caveat as sometimes, SOMETIMES setting these goals in health and fitness can actually be detrimental to your mental health!  

Think about this for a minute :  A lot of the time when people set goals they are basically saying “I wont be happy until I get to this magical point in the future.  I wont be happy until X happens”  This can be a very dangerous way to think.  It promotes thinking in the future and not living in the present moment.  The future doesn’t exist.  Only the here and the right now exists.

Sometimes I see these goals get set and then the person basically resolves to being unhappy until  (insert goal here) happens.  It is possible to perfectly happy right here and right now.  So  what im saying is set your goals but please don’t put off your happiness because of a expectation that you have created… 

Enjoy the journey of reaching your goals.  Don’t get fixate on the destination.  You know it goes.

So I want  to leave you with some quotes from my man Timber Hawkeye from Buddhist Bootcamp

“If we give ourselves very little credit for how far we’ve already come, we tend to give others little to no credit for their own efforts in life.  When we are impatient with ourselves, how can we possibly be forgiving of others?  As long as we continue judging ourselves when we look in the mirror, we’ll be doing the same to everyone else around us.

Wouldn’t it be great to stop, if only for a minute on a regular basis, and reflect on how wonderful everything really is?  Pause for a moment and honor the progress you have already made in your life, acknowledge the gifts you have, and appreciate life itself for a few breaths”

Enjoy the journey.  Enjoy every step.  And realise you can be perfectly happy in the here and the now.  Because that is all that exists…. Right here, right now

Goal Setting

This is a powerful exercise in setting goals i send out every year so if you’ve seen it before how did you go last year?  And if you haven’t, read on and see if you gain a bit of clarity.

What did you achieve last year?

What do you want to achieve this year?  

Do you even know where your year went?  

Or did you show up for work on Monday, go home on Friday and all of a sudden it 2015?  Sounds like you need some goals.  But where do you start?  What should you focus on?  Here’s a quick exercise to determine where to focus your energy this year.

Next to each of the following put a rating  based on

a) what priority you give that area of your life currently and 
b) how satisfied you are with that area of your life currently.  
Use a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being the highest. And be as honest as possible.

Priority                                     Satisfied

Physical Health and Fitness                           _________                        _______
Nutrition                                                            _________                        _______
Emotional / Mental Wellbeing                       _________                        _______
Lifestyle                                                            _________                        _______
Career                                                                _________                        _______
Finances                                                            _________                        _______
Intimate Relationships                                     _________                        _______
Family and Friends                                           _________                        _______
Fun / Hobbies / Play                                      _________                        _______
Personal Growth                                              _________                        _______
Life Plan / Purpose                                         _________                        _______

Any bells ringing?

Now do it again with how satisfied you want to be.   Then organise the priority accordingly

Priority                                     Satisfied

Physical Health and Fitness                      _________                        _______
Nutrition                                                      _________                        _______
Emotional / Mental Wellbeing                  _________                        _______
Lifestyle                                                        _________                        _______
Career                                                            _________                        _______
Finances                                                  _________                        _______
Intimate Relationships                                _________                        _______
Family and Friends                                      _________                        _______
Fun / Hobbies / Play                                  _________                        _______
Personal Growth                                          _________                        _______
Life Plan / Purpose                                     _________                        _______

You should now have a list of priorities in order to gain satisfaction in your life.

(Is your health and fitness not as high as you thought it would be?  Did something else jump out at you?)  

Now write down goals accordingly using the following format.  ( I’d suggest starting with 2 or 3 goals only based on priority.  When you have reached your goal re do the exercise and re do goals accordingly)

Goal : What is it exactly

When : When do you want to achieve it by exactly

How : How will you know you’ve achieved it?

What : What do you have to do on a daily/weekly basis to achieve this goal.

Goals have to be smart. Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and be bound by a Timeframe.

Eg

 Goal : Learn to Salsa Dance

When : March 31st

How : When I have completed 10 Salsa dance lessons

What : Locate a dance studio near my house.

Book in a time and pay for 10 sessions upfront.

Go to every lesson every week.

 Or

 Goal : Lose 10kg’s

When : May 30th

How : When I weigh 55kg on the scales at home

What : Eat 5 – 6 small meals a day as suggested by my coach.

Do an hour of either weights or cardio exercise every day.

Don’t drink alcohol until I’ve reached my goal.

Get to bed by 10pm each night

Put your goals somewhere where you will see them every day.  Like the fridge or the mirror.  You need to be aware of what you want in life.  Success doesn’t happen by accident, it always, always happens by design.

Hopefully this gives you an idea as to how and where to start with your goals.

Brad

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