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My 6 Tips to Game Changer Goals

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To start the year off right, our family takes time to write out our annual Goals and review our Goals from the past year. I write them for our family as a whole, myself individually and my professional life too. My system is simple, but this year I will be looking at my goals differently. I wanted to share my new approach with all of you with the hopes that you can benefit from it as well!!! As you set your goals, have a peek below at my 6 Tips to Game Changer Goals

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Dreams are an end result and goals are what get us there!

This year, think hard about the dreams you have for yourself. Where and what do you want to achieve in the next 5 to 10 years or even in a lifetime? How do you know the difference between a goal and a dream, you ask? Ask yourself why you want to do what you are setting out to do. If the answer is to get closer to that overall dream, then it’s a goal. If the answer is because it’s what you want, then that is a dream!

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THE OLD WAY!  For many of us, the goals we have set in the past never seem to pan out for a number of reasons.

  • We do not review the goals throughout the year.
  • We don’t know why we want to achieve the goal.
  • Not enough passion or reasons to motivate us into action.
  • The goal is not specific enough.
  • The goal seems too large and overwhelming, so we never start it.
  • We don’t actually want it.
  • We do not come up with a plan to make it a reality.

Sound familiar?! Me too! So here are a few simple ways I have now implemented to try to stay on track with mine!

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K.I.S.S – Keep It Simple Sista

Set goals that get you to your dreams but keep them achievable too! You don’t want to defeat yourself before you have begun! Take fitness and nutrition for example, how many of you have started a ‘diet’ that is much too hard to maintain for any length of time and you find yourself falling off the wagon after only a few weeks or months of trying it.  That feeling of failure or defeat doesn’t feel good and deflates your confidence. So, this year, rather than wanting to completely change your whole way of eating, maybe you try and cut sugar for one week! One week and then you get to reward yourself. Then try and hit one more week. Breaking it down into smaller more achievable time frames will be less overwhelming and help you not slip as easy. 

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Simple Habits Build Big Dreams

Like we saw above, the track record of goal setting for most of us is, we sit and think of where we want to be and what we want to achieve and then write these down or keep them in be back of our mind but never really attaching any sort-of daily/weekly steps to achieving them! This year, I want to reassess all of my goals and look at what daily HABITS I can create to reach them. These need to be simple enough that I do not lose interest in a month or two or find them too difficult to continue. I challenge you to do the same when you are planning yours. What daily/weekly habits will get you to where you want to go faster! Although these habits may take a bit to become your every day; once they do they can be game-changing. The next points are some of the habits I implement to continue to hit my goals.

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15 Minute Daily Check-In

Now that you have reassessed what your dreams are and set your Goals, let’s start thinking of some habits that will help you hit them! First thing in the morning, start with 15 mins a day; assess your mood, intentions and goals. How many of us take a few minutes each day to lay out our intentions for that day? Don’t you think you would be that much more productive if you had a game plan every day? It doesn’t need to be some long to-do list, just a quick overview of the daily tasks to see if they are going to get you closer to achieving that big goal down the road. If they aren’t, maybe reassess if they are worth doing. I also take a moment to think of 3 things I am grateful for and 3 positive things about myself. This sets you up for starting the day right!

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Write it Down

Go and get yourself a new notebook and WRITE DOWN your goals/dreams and your daily Check-In! This will make you more accountable and more likely to complete your goals! I use a day timer so that I can have a daily space to write down my intentions, to-do lists and daily check-ins! I also don’t put too much pressure on myself with this activity. I try and do this during the weekdays and then take the weekends off! If I miss a day along the way, that’s ok!

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Make it Measurable

A new idea/habit our family is going to take on this year is a measurable CHECK-IN list. We are going to make sure that we take the time at least once a month, if not once a week, to check in on how we are doing with our goals and just in our lives in general! We will write a series of questions and have measurable categories that we can rate ourselves with on our monthly check in’s. For example, I am going to choose about 4-8 of these categories that I will rate how I am doing on every check-in out of a 1-10 rating.

  • Family Relationships
  • Friend Relationships
  • Financial 
  • Professional
  • Adventure
  • Personal/Intellectual Development
  • Physical Health
  • Emotional/Spiritual Wellbeing
  • Time Management/Daily Routine

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A new idea/habit our family is going to take on this year is measurable As you begin to record your answers you will start to see the areas in your life you are struggling with and will have a better chance of making changes to those areas! Make sure to have your goals/dream list with you at every check-in to see if how you are living is in alignment with them. Set a standing appointment in your calendar to do this activity so that you take the time to do it! You will be so surprised by how life-changing this little activity can be. AND If you want to make yourself accountable, find a friend or family member to do this activity with, there is just something about having someone to answer to that makes you push just a little bit more! 

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Stay Positive

Mood, Meditation and Mindfulness, The BIG 3! In my 6 Essentials to a Happier Life post I shared that I start my every single weekday with a 15 min meditation and body check in and I strongly encourage you to do the same! This everyday habit is like going to the gym for my mind and makes me start the day feeling grounded and ready to take on what lies ahead.  I sit and listen to my HeadSpace app, I take a moment to see what type of mood I am in. It is amazing how some days you just wake up grumpy, then go the whole day without being able to shake it and not understanding why you had such a blah day! Simply checking in in the morning and acknowledging your mental state, good or bad, helps you to separate you from your mood. Ask yourself these questions and write these downs in your notebook: 

  • What are three things I am grateful for?
  • What are three things I love about myself?

Every day before my children leave for school I ask them the same questions, I usually only have them give me one thing for each, but it is such a good way to start the day and be in a positive frame of mind. 

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