10 Steps To Goal Setting

It feels like I haven’t sat down to write in ages! Somewhere between a pre-Christmas trip back to Italy and then Christmas itself back in America again, the time has literally flown by!

So here we are again at the very end of the year, closing out what I hope has been a really wonderful 2015 for you, and prepping our way into what will be a huge 2016.

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. They always feel so bogus – how many of us have cheated on our New Year’s Resolved diet within the first month? (I’m not just raising my hand here, I’m standing on my chair waving both hands at you – I think I’ve diet cheated every January since puberty). But although I’m not a fan of the New Year’s Resolution, I am an absolute advocate of creating a list of goals for the new year and using it as both the road map for the new year as well as a measuring stick to check back in with throughout the year.

If you want to achieve anything in life you have to set goals.
A goal has to be written down – until you commit your goal to paper it is merely a dream or a thought.
A goal that has been written down is a commitment to yourself.
As Zig Zigler said: ‘One person with a commitment is worth a hundred who only have an interest.’ 

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No matter what your goal is, from losing weight, to saving money to going on an exotic vacation, it is achievable if you both plan and prepare for it. As you start planning your goals for the upcoming year check out these 10 steps to setting goals from Success.com


10 Steps To Setting Goals

1. Build a solid foundation.

Honesty, character, integrity, trust, love, loyalty. This foundation will give you an honest shot at reaching any goal you have properly set.

2. Make the commitment.

The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work—if you won’t. As Mary Crowley said, “One person with a commitment is worth a hundred who only have an interest.”

3. Break it down.

Break down your intermediate and long-range goals into increments.

4. See it.

If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal. In your imagination, see yourself receiving that diploma, getting that job or promotion, making that speech, moving into your dream home, achieving that weight-loss goal…

5. Hold yourself accountable.

Daily discipline is the key to reaching your goals. Record your progress toward your goals every night, and list the six most important things you need to do the next day.

6. Expect change.

Make a decision to move toward a goal carefully—but be willing to change your direction to get there as conditions and circumstances demand. Push on, friend.

7. Tell people.

Chances are excellent they’re going to encourage you.

8. Be a team player.

You can have everything you want in life if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

9. Write it all down.

Each time you reach a goal, your confidence will grow so that you can do bigger and better things. After accomplishing any goal, write about it—in your journal, wherever.

10. Reflect.

What you get by reaching your destination isn’t nearly as important as what you become by reaching your goals—what you will become is the winner you were born to be!

New Year New You ~ Set Your Goals

I am completely goal driven.

New Year to me is get your shit together time. 

Its figure this deal out time.

 Its put plans into action time.

Benjamin Franklin said “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail

I believe that the things you want in life are just dreams, until you write them down.

Then they become goals.

When they become goals the law of attraction kicks in and things start to happen.

I start each year by writing out my goals in a leather bound journel, and then take time throughout the year to re-read them, give myself progress updates, and add to them. I also check over last year’s goals and see how well I did.

If you’re not sure where to begin, or if goal setting is new to you and feels foreign, here are some ideas to get you started.

1. What do you want to see, discover or explore? I am a travel junkie, so my travel goals always seem to be at the top of my goal list.
 

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Lovers in Venice

 I saw these lovers, all dressed up for each other, kissing in the rain in Venice. And I thought to myself, Venice in the rain with your lover is a pretty good goal. 

2. How do you want your daily life to look? Maybe you want more free time, maybe you want more quality time with people you love.

The more specific you are, the better.

3. What are your financial goals? Winning the lottery or being a millionaire don’t really count, it’s more about getting specific about how much you want to save/invest/earn etc.

4. What skills do you want to master, improve or learn? This could be hobbies or it could be personal disciplines. It might be something that you are already good at but that you want to improve upon.

improve your swing?

5. What are your career goals?

6. What personal quality do you want to strengthen? Lord knows I need more patience…

7. What are your health and fitness goals? This year I want to go to yoga class 5 days per week. I have exactly zero desire to run marathons, climb mountains or do crossfit. But yoga I love, and I get more out of it if I go to class.

Crow.
Namaste


8. What material things do you want this year? Maybe its a new car, maybe its a house, maybe its a pair of Louboutins. (great goal!!) Whatever it is or they are, identify and then write it/them down.

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Red quilted Chanel Handbag

 I’m not sure if its a goal or a vision board item, 

but I seriously want a red quilted Chanel handbag this year.

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Nicole Ritchie wears my Chanel dream bag well!

It’s your goal list so be as greedy as you want.

Remember:

If your goals don’t terrify you then they’re not big enough.