Alright babes! Here we are…four months into 2019. How are you doing with your New Years Resolutions? Completely smashing them? Not so much? Do you even remember what they were?
The downfall of New Years resolutions is that the emphasis and focus is usually on the end result rather than the processes and actions needed to get there. Just sitting down and writing out a goal doesn’t really help you understand the changes you need to make. Until you figure out and establish the daily, weekly and monthly steps you need to take, it’s easy to lose sight of your goal and what you want to change or work towards.
When I started planning my Goal Mapping and Intention Setting event for my clients in January, I wanted to create a unique process they could use to not only set goals, but also set their intentions and identify what they need to put into place in order to set themselves up for success. And now…I’m sharing that process with you!
BbE GOAL MAPPING and INTENTION SETTING
What you need to get started: Pen or pencil and a notebook or an electronic way to work through the process. Plan on spending at least 45 minutes to an hour. Light some candles, put on some vibe-y background music (FKJ & Masego Radio on Pandora is one of my favs) and get ready to open yourself up to what you really want. I had my clients take a few minutes in the beginning to do a brief meditation with some deep breathing to get centered, grounded and connected to themselves. I would recommend you do it too!
Alright then babes! Let’s get started!
STEP 1 – DESCRIBE HOW YOU WANT TO FEEL
Write down how you want to feel in 2019 (ie. confident, energetic, fit, healthy, organized, financially secure, fulfilled in my career, connected, positive, brave, strong, balanced, etc.).
STEP 2 – ACTION BRAINSTORM
Brainstorm actions you currently do that create those feelings or changes you can make to increase how often you feel that way (ie. if you wrote down “healthy” you could say, “workout more, eat healthier, practice better self care.” If you wrote down “positive” you could say, “start a gratitude journal, pay more attention to negative thoughts and comments, surround myself with more positive people.”).
STEP 3 – ESTABLISH YOUR GOAL
Keep refining and rewriting those changes, getting more and more specific about what is it you really want to work towards until you feel like you have your “GOAL”. Turn the page and write your goal in the center and draw a circle around it.
STEP 4 – THE “REASONS WHY”
Around the circle, start to write the “Reasons Why” you want to work towards this goal (ie. if your goal is “I am going to start my own business in the next 3 months” you could write “I want a more flexible schedule. I want to a job where I am truly using my strengths and talents. I want to have more creative freedom.” List all the reasons why you want to work towards this goal and connect to why it is important to you.
STEP 5 – VISUALIZATION
Now you are going to close your eyes and visualize yourself working towards your goal. Picture yourself from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep. What are you doing? How does it feel? What do you look like? Where are you? As you visualize what this process looks like, keep transforming yourself to look and feel the way you want to once you reach your goal.
STEP 6 – “MORE OF” & “LESS OF”
On the top of the next page, write your goal in the middle. One the left side write “MORE OF” and on the right side write “LESS OF”. Start to list what you need “more of” and “less of” in your life in order to get to your goal. If you are goal is to “Lose 10 lbs in the next 3 months”, in the “more of” column you could write “consistent workouts, cooking at home, sleep, etc.” And in the “less of” column you could write “drinking, treats at night, skipping workouts, etc.”
STEP 7 – DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY PROCESS GOALS
Taking ideas from the MORE OF and LESS OF columns, you are going to start to create specific process goals. Make 3 sections for Daily, Weekly and Monthly process goals. Then start to fill in the actions and routines you can do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis that will put in place what you need to do to work towards your goal. For a goal related to healthy eating you could do “Daily: drink 96 ounces of water a day, pack food in the morning, eat 4-6 cups of greens, etc. Weekly: plan meals and go to the store on Sunday, prep lunch for the week. Monthly: do a “kitchen and pantry makeover” and clean out any unhealthy foods, pin healthy recipes I want to try, monthly assessment of what is and is not working, if weekly and daily goals are being met, plan a fun way to celebrate a month of healthy eating.”
STEP 8 – BUILD YOUR TRIBE
This step is probably my favorite! I love this concept and I feel like surrounding yourself with a solid tribe is truly everything! You are going to make a list of positive, like minded people you either have in your life who you can recruit to support you and help hold you accountable or ones you would like to reach out to, meet or hire to help you with your goal. It could be a mentor, a positive influence, someone on a similar path or someone with the experience and expertise you lack. Start to think who you can surround yourself with or the types of people you want more experiences and time with who will elevate, inspire, motivate or collaborate with you.
STEP 9 – YOUR YEAR OF…
Look back through your journal and come up with a word or phrase that captures what you want 2019 to be your year of…if you want to, you can write it on a card to hang up in your house, office or take a pic of it and save it as your phone screen saver. Whatever you think is going to have the biggest impact and help remind you what you are working towards and what this year is going to be about for you!
Don’t you already feel so much better? Lighter? Inspired? Focused? Ready to truly make this year AMAZING!!! Yes…? Me too! xo