What game are you playing?
Winning the game is the objective of most competitive sporting teams. And above that is winning the premiership. So imagine your life is a competitive sport?
What is your objective? And what?s above that? What are you hoping to achieve this week and why is that important longer term?
If you have answers to these questions ? fantastic! If not, then you?re among the 80% of people who have no goals. In sporting terms you?d be on the bottom end of the ladder and out of contention for the premiership. So why play the game?
Perhaps you believe the quote by the great Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner William B Yeats that ?Life is a long preparation for something that never happens??
Perhaps you?ve never considered the importance of setting goals?
?Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive??~Robert H Schuller
Or you avoid setting goals for fear of failure or rejection?
?If you aim at nothing you will hit every time??~ Zig Ziglar
Perhaps you?re not sure how to set an achievable goal?
?Committing your goals to paper increases your likelihood of achieving them by 1000%??~ Unknown
The reality is that you have a choice. If you want to be in the game to win, here?s a few tips on setting an achievable goal:
Make it specific
- Give it a date (?It is the dd/mm/yyy and??)
- Write your goal as if you?ve just achieved it (?I am??)
- Be specific on what you?re doing once it?s achieved – imagine yourself in the moment (??at home with my partner, celebrating with a glass of wine??).
Avoid ambiguous words and statements like: ?I?ve lost weight??, ?I?m better??, ?I have increased/developed??, etc.
Make is measurable
- Make sure you will know for sure that you?ve achieved it (??I am looking at my letter of offer that says I have been successful in gaining the role of??).
Finally ask yourself ?Is my goal realistic??
- Is it humanly possible to achieve my goal in the time I?ve given myself?
- Does it align with what?s important in my life?
- Is it attractive enough for me to commit to achieving?
- Can I make it happen in consideration to my current circumstances?
- Am I getting carried away in the moment?
Sleep on it and make sure it still feels right in the morning.
Your achievable goal might look a little like this?
?It is the 31st of January 2019 and I now weigh 60kg?I am standing on the scales in the bathroom and looking at myself in the mirror. I am wearing a size 10 dress I purchased five years ago but never fit right and I feel amazing?.
So tomorrow when you wake up and ponder the game you?re playing consider this?
?The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score??~ Bill Copeland
Shelley Flett is a passionate leader with a keen focus on assisting others to identify their goals and move in a direction to ensure they?re achieved.
She is a Directional Leadership Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, Mentor and Speaker who ignites vision and purpose in those she works with.
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