The Power of a Goal
I am a very goal-oriented person. I set goals on the daily, but it wasn't until recently that I really truly began to understand just how powerful goal-setting can be. I've always known it's important to set your sights on something and work tirelessly to get there, I've pretty much done it my whole life, but goals are so much more than that. The goals you continuously set make up a greater picture which is your vision.
Now a vision is not some day dream in the future. Your vision is exactly what, who, and where you want to be 5 or even 10-years from now. It can also be more short-term, but it's always good to start long term and then work your way back (so set your 10-year vision, then determined where you need to be 5-years from now to get you there). If you're reading this and you've worked for lululemon before this will probably sound very familiar. That's something I really respect about the company - the importance they places on goals. It was when I worked for the company that I wrote my 10-year vision (several years ago now) and I'm happy to say for the most part, it still holds very true.
Aside from your vision, it's important to set both long-term and short-term goals. If you think of your vision as a series of long-term goals, you need to determine what short-term goals will help you get to that farther one.
By 2020, I will complete my yoga teacher training
By 2019, I will save $___ to complete my training
By 2018, I will save half the required amount of money for my training
By 2017, I will get a full-time job
See how the short-term goals will help with the long term goal?
Note: This is LONG TERM goal-setting.
Now let's talk about the day-by-day, week-to-week, month-to-month goals. You can set a long term goal for only several months from now, and then breakdown what you would have to do week-by-week to achieve then, then break it down even further to what you can do each day.
By December 2017, I will run a half marathon (Long Term Goal)
By October 2017, I will be running consistently 3-5x/ week (Short Term Goal B)
Each day I will sleep 7-8 hours to ensure I have adequate energy to complete my long runs (Short Goal A)
As you can probably tell by now, I am a very futuristic thinker (props to Strengths Finder for pointing that out), but if you're not a forward thinker but still want to set goals - focus on what's in front of you. What can you do today to become a better version of yourself? What can you do in this moment to accelerate you forward. Think of it like building lego ... in order to build a skyscraper, you need to go piece-by-piece, layer-by-layer, floor-by-floor. Start with small changes that will add up to BIG results.
Last thing to note, language is powerful. Talk as if it's going to happen, talk as if you are presently achieving your goal - "I am ..." "I will ...", etc.
What goal are you working towards next? Comment below!