Do you have a list a mile long of goals you want to achieve, but not sure where to start? Maybe just one really super important goal you have tried to reach, but have fallen short? Do you feel like you have tried everything you can think of, solicited friends for advice, researched, contacted every blog under the sun pertaining to the topic at hand and you’re still not quite there. Sucks doesn’t it!
I hear you, feel for you, and am here to tell you, it’s ok. Don’t give up. You can do this! I promise. My guess, you haven’t found your “Your Why” yet.
What do I mean by “Your Why”? So glad you asked 🙂 I mean, WHY? Why are you trying so desperately to achieve this goal? What is driving you? Why do you want this so bad? What is the purpose? Once you discover “Your Why”, achieving it seems almost inevitable.
“Your Why” will be the little voice in your head guiding you what to do next, it will keep you motivated when you want to give up, and it will help you understand that all the so called failures where just lessons and path shifters leading you to the finish line.
To get you started, I have designed a little worksheet that helps me. The best part, it can be used for any goal you are trying to achieve, from starting a business, to losing weight, to being the best wife/mom/friend you can be, to continuing your education, to getting that raise. You name it! Go for it, get it, it’s yours!! You can do this!
Ok, how do you use this thing? First, let’s open up the sample .
You will see there is a Goal section and listed there is To successfully run my own business. Wow, really?! YES!! Good for you! Can’t wait to read all about your success!
Moving on… Next you will see this beautiful aqua box filled with inspiration. This is where you will pick a weekly quote. This should be something that not only inspires you, but that you can relate to and recite to yourself for a quick pick me up. Then choose a weekly mantra. A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase that is repeated to aid in meditation. Again, choose something that you can relate to and easily remember during meditation. For example, ‘I will take my dreams seriously’. As you meditate, repeat this statement over and over again to yourself and it will start to feel true. It will resonate with you and become the overwhelming thought in your head throughout your day. You will start to believe in yourself and your dreams and that you can make them happen.
Next, meditate. If you have never meditated before, that’s ok. Start slow, a couple minutes a day is fine. You can sit in silence just repeating the manta to yourself or have background meditation music on. I prefer the music to silence, but do whatever works for you. There is NO right or wrong way to meditate.
Ok, now to the really good part, ‘Your Why’ This page is for you to jot down simple words or phrases. The first thing that comes to your mind when you ask yourself, “Why do I want to…run my own business, lose weight, run that marathon, etc”. Then let it flow. Because I want freedom, I want to be as creative as I can be, I want to help people, I want to feel healthy, play with my child, meet amazing people, get a better job, etc. Jot down exactly why you want to reach this goal, why is it so important to you.
Once you fill in the circles, meditate each day on achieving your dream, focus on the why, and track your progress on the Accountability worksheet.
Write down your goal again at the top. Next you will see a couple of friendly reminders that you will want to practice each and every day. Then there are seven sections, one for each day of the week. It will ask you to write down what action you have taken on that day to help you get one step closer to your goal. Whether it’s one thing or 10, big or small, every action brings you closer. Write it down. Reflect on it, be proud of it!.
Next write down what you are grateful for in that day. It could be that you accomplished the above actions, or that you have started this journey, that you had an amazing cup of coffee (I mean who isn’t grateful for that, right!), or your family, a stranger who said hi, some alone time. You get the point.
Write down how you are feeling. This is important because it will help you be more mindful of your thinking. If you are feeling happy, grateful, and full of energy, well great, you are on the right path. But if you are feeling sluggish, disappointed, or downright blah, it’s time to take a look at why. Really look at yourself and your thinking. Thinking creates feelings, so if you are feeling a certain way, it’s the way you are thinking about something, even if you don’t realize it.
As your day goes on and you become more and more inspired, write down any ideas that you have that will bring you closer to your goal. These ideas might turn into your next action step and before you know it, bam, you achieved your goal. Who hoo! Congratulations. I knew you could do it 🙂
The best way to stay on track is to make it a habit. Make goal setting a habit, make filling out your worksheets a habit, set time aside each day for you to be able to do this. You won’t be sorry!
Now, go get’em. You got this, I know you do. Start your new worksheet and stop on by again to tell me your stories, your successes, your one step closer. I can’t wait to hear all about it!