Welcome to our next mindfulness post, previously we looked at how change can affect us and what we can do to take back control and stay on track. This time we’re looking at goals setting.
Why do we set goals? We know that when we set goals it gives us long term vision (so something in the future to look toward and to focus on), it allows us to set the desired end result which we can then plan toward. So, by setting a goal it gives us something to aim for rather than allowing ourselves to wander aimlessly or change direction regularly, which isn’t particularly healthy for our mind!
When we set a goal; it allows us to see our progress, provides a fixed endpoint, helps you to see how you’re getting on and evaluate whether what you are doing is working or not.
Goals are also great for giving us purpose and a focus, overcoming those moments of procrastination. They give us motivation and inspire us with something to aim for and get excited for and they help build our self-confidence as we work toward them and recognise how great we are as we tick off our progress along the way!
When we set a goal it is personal to us and our wishes, can be very near in the future or a while off, could be big or small, it could be work, personal, family related… whatever your goal, here are some tips on setting them:
Decide on what you’d like to work towards.
Big or small, what is it that you want to achieve and is it realistic.
Write it down
Make a note of it and keep it somewhere you’ll see it – fridge, by the bed, noticeboard…
If you have time why not make it more than just a scribble on a piece of paper, maybe create a mood-board or colour in, or around, the words. Make it something that excites and inspires you when you look at it, which in turn will help keep you motivated to achieve it!
This makes it real! It’s all very well to have a goal and not tell anyone – then if you don’t reach it, oh well! Tell someone and now you’re more likely to accomplish it. If it’s a difficult goal then maybe ask this person to keep you accountable and to check in with you on how you’re doing once in a while.
Break the goal into smaller goals
This one is really important. If we have a big goal and it’s going to take us a while to get there, we are going to need to stay focused and motivated. Break it into smaller chunks and quick wins, then you’ll see the progress you’re making and will be more likely to stick to the plan!
Celebrate the small wins as well as the big
Just because you haven’t reached the end goal just yet doesn’t mean you can’t party! When planning out the small goals that lead to the big ones consider what you’ll do to celebrate achieving each step. It could be as simple as marking it on the calendar, acknowledging the achievement with your family at dinnertime or setting off a confetti popper! Find something that helps you acknowledge, and be proud of, your achievement.
Have you set your goals? Let us know what you’ve gone for, here are some of the goals from the team in the office:
- Do the squat challenge (properly ?) every day for the full challenge
- Try cooking one new healthy meal for the family each week
- Sit down with the family for dinner at the table every night for a week
- Lose half a stone in 6 weeks
- Take the dog for a half-hour walk EVERY day for a month, rain or shine!
- Try not to use a swear word for 2 months!
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