As promised here is a little bit on goal setting, this is a topic that we can cover in my one to one holistic counselling sessions in detail and draw up a personalised plan if this is what the client requires.
Goals can be short, medium or long term, regardless of your goal either in business or personal goals you need to think SMART. Here is a very basic example of how you might set a SMART goal.
S – Specific – your goal has to be as specific as you can possibly make it in order for it to be achievable. E.g. I want to run the X Marathon which is 12 months from now in a time no more than X hours.
M – Measurable – goals need to be measurable so you can measure your progress and know that you are getting closer to achieving your goal. E.g. At present I run 15k five days a week and have a good fitness level and I am physically healthy, this is my starting point.
A – Achievable – a goal has to be achievable otherwise it is going to dishearten you and you will be more inclined to give up on your goal. E.g. I am going to break my goal down in to smaller weekly and monthly goals building on the distance that I run each week with the help of my local running club, this way I know that the weekly and monthly distance goals that I set are realistic and therefore achievable, I will have continued support from the club and gradually increase my distance each week until I am able to run the marathon in twelve months’ time. Having these smaller goals to hit each week and month makes my goals achievable and therefore it will keep me motivated in achieving my long term goal.
R – Relevant or Realistic – your goal needs to be realistic e.g. setting a goal to run a marathon in 2 weeks’ time when you are currently walking 5k a day is not realistic and will leave you disappointed and unmotivated.
T – Time specific – you need to set a timeline for your goal to be achieved e.g. this time next year. E.g. I have set a time of twelve months to achieve this goal which will keep me focused and on track as opposed to setting a goal to run a marathon at some stage of my life which is not time measurable and therefore I am less likely to achieve it.
I hope that the above example will give you an idea of how to go about setting goals either in business or your personal life, you can use the SMART guidelines for saving, getting a qualification, achieving a fitness goal, studying or even rearranging your wardrobe the list is endless. The most important thing is to be specific and make it achievable in a certain time.
If you are lacking motivation at the moment set yourself two or three small goals a day such as get 10,000 steps, tidy one room and do a five minute meditation. The more achievable your goals the more likely you are to keep going.
I hope that this explains goal setting a little bit more and as always if I can be of any help just pop me a message.