The Arch Way: Goal Setting
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.
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.
For 2022, I’ve set my WORD-OF-THE-YEAR as BELIEVE!
- SLOW DOWN
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!”
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.
PRO TIP: Daily Vision Board
Create a bingo square of 25 things to accomplish daily and then print a copy or save it as a screen shot to your phone!
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.
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!
- What is your intention?
- What is your time frame to achieve this intention?
- What do you want to attract in your life in this window?
- What are your core vision categories (health, wealth, personal, professional, travel, spirituality, relationships)
- What makes you feel excited, motivated, inspired (pictures, quotes, photos)?
- 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!
- Be on time
- Be positive
- Be teachable
- Be prepared
- Be hard working
- Be energetic
- Be kind
- Be passionate
- Have good body language
- 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!
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!”