I recently attended a workshop that discussed the turn of the new year and the mindset we should have to approaching it
We all seem to understand the term goal setting, some of the more common New Year Resolutions being:
"I want to lose weight"
" I want to travel more in 2019"
"I MUST find love in 2019"
Those are all wonderful ...but are the goals more so of a reflection?....WHY..Why do we set goals? Of course they give us a sense of purpose and are ways to make us do things..but isn't the objective of the goal to create the sense of success? We set a goal to achieve something....but once we have it? then what? ARE we truly happy?
One enlightenment...or that "ah-ha" moment I received was that it's not the goal we should be focused on...it's the idea BEHIND the goal, the why...
How will achieving that goal MAKE..US...FEEL? AND! if we like that feeling why not think of MORE things that ALSO achieve that same feeling?
SO instead of focusing SO much on the goal why not take a step back and focus on certain categories in our lives and how we want to feel within them?
STEP 1- RE-DECONSTRUCT OUT MINDSET
Let's go back to that first goal, one of the most common we see in the new year :
"I want to get healthier"...Ok So one step back, "Why do you want to get healthier?"
"Well if i was a little bit lighter I could run faster, it would be easier to move quicker"..
So, "how would running faster make you feel?" ...Stronger....Faster...uncatchable, happy, like a unicorn.
STEP 2- OUTCOME VS GOAL
Ah-ha, SO instead of putting so much emphasis on the work, look at the outcome first...
I Want to feel STRONG
I want to feel HAPPY
STEP 3- HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL
...Next, ask yourself "what do you do that makes you FEEL that way?"
- Running, Lifting, Sprinting, riding my bike, swimming (well sort of haaha)
For health and wellness my focus word is Strong/Happy and I know for next year I can now set SPECIFIC goals around those activities that will end up giving me the satisfaction of strength and happiness. This is MUCH MORE personable than "getting healthier" or "losing 5lbs of fat". By having the specific goal that will in turn GIVE me the feelings I want, the outcome of losing 5lbs, or being healthier should come as a byproduct of what will make me feel great.
Specific goals to focus on then?
Placing Top 3 Age Group at both local sprint tri's
Setting a New PR at my 70.3
AND Qualifying for Boston 2020 are all goals that will make me feel like that mythical unicorn
Those goals were easily discovered but, not all are that quickly defined.
As we covered the remaining categories that outlined my home life, finances, work, and spirituality I discovered some buzz words I'd never used before:
Successful, Respect, Relaxed, Peace, and Free
My next step is to create goals under each word that will help me achieve all these feelings within their categories.
My challenge for you is to think emotionally first instead of physically. How can you express yourself at your fullest next year by setting goals in place to create the best situation for yourself, physically, mentally, and spiritually?
Thanks for reading!
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