Today let’s chitchat about goals. What are goals? Some may describe them as the finish line of a personal race or the result or achievement of something that you put all of your efforts into…but I when I think of goals I think of upgrading myself. I think of goals as challenges, challenges that create positive thinking and help to promote personal growth.
Throughout the years my goals have ranged from athletic achievements to certifications to school work to even to just simply learning new beauty tips. For example, getting into the college I wanted (Southern Connecticut) was a goal of mine and once I got in my goal was to earn a Bachelors degree. I not only got into Southern but I earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration in Management. However, goals don’t always have to be big, they could be small as well. I constantly set small weekly goals to help keep me on track (especially when in competition mode). For example, at work I have a daily goal of completing all my work for the day before the end of my shift..that means I get to leave on time and I have nothing open for the following day. Sure, sometimes there are tasks that I cannot control and have to wait for something or someone else to help complete but for the most part I leave everyday on time and I get to come in the next morning with a clean slate.
Now I am sure a lot of you don’t know where to even start or how to come up with specific goals that will help upgrade you…here is a look at how I start up my weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. First, I do a quick brain storm and jot down anything that pops into my head. It could be anything I want to work on emotionally or physically… literally anything. At the end of each year I do my goals/upgrade lists for the upcoming year (and micro-manage them throughout the year) For example: I decided that from January 1st, 2013 until forever that I would not leave the house unless my bed was made for the day..sure this may sound silly to most and not like a real goal or upgrade…but to me it was important..I thought by making my bed everyday, as an effort to keep organized, that I was putting on my big girl pants and making sure each day started with at least one goal completed. (Let me tell you that “small” goal turned into habit and now it takes me less than a minute to make my bed and I do it as soon as I get up and its done) 🙂
So back to goal creating…
Let me break it down into two big steps then I’ll break it down further:
1. Brainstorm and jot down ANYTHING that pops into your head then create upgrade/goal lists
2. Create a vision board for the upcoming year (I do this the December before the new year) I take magazine clippings, articles, pictures you name it and make four different mini boards A) Personal B) Physical C) Emotional D) Misc (I will post my vision board when I get home later so you have an idea)
After brainstorming I create several different lists.
My lists consist of Personal, Career, Physical
(sometimes I include a Miscellaneous if I have goals that don’t fit those lists)
(Tip: I keep a mini notebook in my bag at all times incase I think of something brilliant I need to jot it down so I don’t forget to circle back to it when I have more time. In the notebook I also have my goals listed so I am reminded each day of what they are)
My personal list includes upgrades like: weekly check-in’s with myself on Sunday nights for the upcoming week, be more patient, keep my apartment clean, stay organized, making sure to keep time open for friends and family, etc. If you choose, you can then break these down even further when you have your weekly check-in with yourself. For example: this week I want to make sure I sit down one night with my friend Brianna for some QT or I will clean my bathroom on Tuesday, kitchen on Wednesday and bedroom on Saturday.
My Career list includes upgrades like: teaching a class, building and maintaining my client network, guest blogging, be featured in “future of fitness” in Oxygen magazine. Again, I break these down further by stating how many clients I want to add by a certain date or what month I want to be featured in Oxygen magazine by.
My Physical list includes upgrades like: building more definition in my shoulders or legs, maintaining my nails, maintaining a healthy weight, look better – feel better and remain strong. I then break these down weekly/monthly into what exercises to include or what foods each week to add to my meal plans.
Option 2: Create a vision board
After clipping out all my images, quotes, words of wisdom, etc I separate them into what goes on what board. I created four boards which included Personal, Physical, Career, and Miscellaneous.
My vision boards are posted in my walk-in mini-closet (I created and I am so proud of!) right in the middle since I am in there constantly.
Lastly, these goals should focus on upgrading you and your lifestyle. If you don’t meet a goal’s deadline then sit down and go over (with yourself) what happened (and be HONEST). Figure out how you can work towards this goal again and what you will do differently. I am not perfect and neither are you. Of course there have been times where I haven’t reached a goal but it’s about how you get back up after being knocked down that makes you successful.
On that note, I have a favorite quote that I always try to remember:
Part of my goals are to help you reach yours. I want to change your life for the better. If any of you have ANY questions or want me to go over more specifically how to create goals please feel free to email me (FitChickNextdoor@gmail.com) or comment below!