The Arch Way: Goals

The Arch Way: Goal Setting

[THE ARCH WAY: GOAL SETTING] The new year brings lots of new possibilities! But it’s up to each one of us to find inspiration, stay motivated and continue the course.
 

Life has so many amazing lessons but they all start with a plan. Everything around you was someone’s dream so let’s convert your dreams into goals with deadlines! Immerse yourself with good books, good habits and good company! Create “bubbles” or focus areas for your life (career goals, personal goals, financial goals, fitness goals, dream goals etc…). 

Focus on SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time bound).

PRO TIP: GOAL MAPPING

Divide up a piece of paper into four quadrants and write your 4 bubbles (professional, personal, health and financial). Update these goals constantly and keep ‘checklists’, ‘spreadsheets’, ‘notes’ to push yourself each day in these focus bubbles.

 

In 2020, I started a few new things that have worked well for me so I wanted to share those ideas with you.
 
 
Write down your goals and keep revising them – goals are just dreams with deadlines!
 
1. GRATITUDE JAR: Start a gratitude jar (write post-its every so often to capture some of the beautiful moments that week or month and then read all those small treasures at the end of the year).
 
 
 
2. INTENTIONS: Morning mantras and affirmations (setting 3 positive intentions and saying “I AM” affirmations when you wake up to visualize a happy day ahead). Wrap up the day with 3 things you are thankful for!
 
3. VISION BOARD: Creating a vision board of “daily tasks” to have a simple reminder of things to do daily and create good habits (like reading, saying a gratitude prayer etc…) and cultivating big goals through small steps. You could also do this with pictures and motivational words for a “dream job” or “a dream home” or “dream vacation!”

 
4. GOAL SHEET: Take Anthony Robbins’ goal setting worksheet and create goals for personal, professional, financial, and fitness with specific tasks to accomplish daily or weekly (i.e. work out for 1 hour daily). Schedule appointments on a calendar (digital or written) to visualize your month! SMART goals are key and only set a few realistic goals so you are not overwhelmed!
 
There are so many ways to accomplish things but the first step is to write those down and prioritize those lists! I try to create 3 notes in on my phone as well (days I work out, eating out expenses, schedule for the next day). You could also use a google spreadsheet with tabs to track it! 
 
 

GOAL SETTING AND MANIFESTATION

Each new week, month and year brings a fresh perspective. Instead of just new year’s resolutions, try to set a word-of-the-year.  Relate your thoughts each day with how you can aspire, inspire and perspire with that intention. 

🌟2020: RESILIENCE
🌟2021: HOPE
🌟2022: BELIEVE
 

For 2022, I’ve set my WORD-OF-THE-YEAR as BELIEVE!

  • BELIEVE
  • HOPE
  • RESILIENCE
  • BALANCE
  • STILLNESS
  • CALMNESS
  • SIMPLICITY
  • GROWTH
  • ACTION
  • CONNECT
  • PAUSE
  • FOCUS
  • SHINE
  • BREATHE
  • PATIENCE
  • WORTH
  • TRUST
  • JOURNEY
  • SLOW DOWN 
  • LOVE
  • ABUNDANCE
  • DISCIPLINE
  • CREATIVITY
  • SELF-CARE

There is something so inspiring about another chance to get it right. It’s a way to grow, learn and achieve that goal or dream. Every day is a new start to a new destination bursting with hope and excitement!”

GOAL SETTING

When you write your goals down, whether it is your yearly targets or personal checklists, it’s important to be clear, concise and specific. For daily tasks, write it on post-its and stick it in front of your desk or write it down with pen and paper or on your phone’s notes app.

When it comes to long term goals, just start writing down everything you want to do and make a list. But be specific and then categorize the list with your top 5 goals and group them by personal, professional, fitness and finance! The key to goal setting is to write the desired outcome in a tangible way.  Instead of saying “I want to lose weight this year,” rephrase that with a positive affirmation: “I will work out 30 minutes daily and lose 3 pounds a month.” Instead of saying “I will write a book this quarter,” rephrase that with a positive affirmation: “I will write 1000 words a week or 1 chapter a month.”

Here are 5 ways to define your goals.

– start small
– be specific
– break into small steps
– have a ‘success’ attitude
– clarify your outcome
– manifest your feeling
– categorize goals
– don’t overextended yourself
 
There are several tools to set goals or daily planners like the Passion Planner, Five Minute Journal, Bullet Journal and High Performance Planner. But the best way is to ask yourself what is the MOST important thing you have to accomplish that day? You may also like to put down a “schedule” of tasks on your phone or on post-it notes so you can actually see it!
 
You should start each day by asking what 3 things are you grateful for, what 3 things would make today amazing, 3 daily affirmations (I AM), and 3 things you are thankful for at the end of the day. It’s as simple as creating a morning and night routine!
 
PRO TIP: Use your phone’s NOTES feature to write down the things you need to get done the next day and create a rough agenda/schedule. Once you wake up, pick your TOP 3 things to accomplish and write down your tasks on a POST IT note. You may want to divide up your day into thirds — so maybe what  you want to finish up by 12p, 3p, 6p and 9p. Instead of just writing a ton of things to get done, focus on what you HAVE to get done and assign time slots to it!
 

VISION BOARD

We all love to dream and imagine how life would be if we had all the time, money, power, fame etc… But what sets some of us apart is channeling those dreams into realities. Whether it’s owning your dream house, or taking a yearly vacation, or writing a best seller. Collect your goals, thoughts, and inspirational messages and place it on a vision board!

  1. What is your intention?
  2. What is your time frame to achieve this intention?
  3. What do you want to attract in your life in this window?
  4. What are your core vision categories (health, wealth, personal, professional, travel, spirituality, relationships)
  5. What makes you feel excited, motivated, inspired (pictures, quotes, photos)?
  6. How do you want to feel when you accomplish this goal?

PRO TIP: Create a “VISION BOARD” party with your friends or family to map out your future! There are many ways to design one — one for daily tasks, one for the next 5 years, etc…. You can cut pictures from your favorite magazines, print motivational messages, and create separate categories (relationships, finance, fitness, travel, career, personal/creative) etc… You can use a foam board, a bulletin board, a poster board and also leave blank spaces to fill in those areas! The key is to visualize your future vision and place your board so you can see it daily!

DAILY CHECKLIST: 10 THINGS TO-DO EVERYDAY

Here are 10 things that require ZERO talent!

  1. Be on time
  2. Be positive
  3. Be teachable
  4. Be prepared
  5. Be hard working
  6. Be energetic
  7. Be kind
  8. Be passionate
  9. Have good body language
  10. Have a strong work ethic

SELF DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Pick and choose 25 of these and put them on a post-it board so that these “goals” become daily habits! You may relate to some more than others but once you put pen to paper, you will be surprised at the results!

 

 

SUMMARY

Here are 5 things you can do daily to have a positive year!
 
1. Start your day with 3 morning affirmations: (I am —–, I am —–, I am —–)
 
2. Set a word-intention of the day and 3 things you are grateful for
 
3. Compliment someone genuinely (in person, online, email, phone)
 
4. Drink ONE gallon of water + move for 30 minutes!
 
5. End your day with 1 thing you did kindly for yourself and for others!

On a blank piece of paper, create two columns: YOUR STRENGTHS and YOUR GOALS. Write down everything that comes to your mind. For the strengths, think about the positive feedback you get from friends, family, or coworkers. For your goals, think about short term and long term. Once you fill up your page, pick the top 5 in each column. Now, use this to write down your purpose — it’s where you marry your strengths to reach your top goals!

I’d love to hear your inspirational ideas when it comes to conquering your goals, resolutions, intentions + word-of-the-year! There are no right or wrong ways to do this but we can all take what we want, create a life filled with purpose and look back and say “wow, I accomplished a lot!”