Ever heard the expression the devil’s in the details? Yeah. I have no idea what that really means, but in goal planning in order to be achievable, goals must be specific. How can you reach a goal when you’re not sure exactly what it is? Goals need to be clear and as detailed as possible. One way to clarify your goals is to ask yourself the what, when, who, why and how.
WTF is Your Goal?
When you’re deciding what it is exactly that you want, make a statement that includes all of the specifics. Instead of saying that you want a financially viable yoga career, figure out what exactly financially viable is to you. If your goal is to pack your classes, decide how many students you need. Take a simple statement like ‘I will have more abundance in 2014’ and turn it into a detailed plan of action.
When Are You Getting There?
It’s equally important to make a specific time-frame. This is the deadline when your goal will be completed. You need to do this for your main goal and all the little steps in between. Create a clear timeline and as you work toward your goal, reflect to see if you’re keeping up. Reflect. Reflect. Reflect. What’s working? What isn’t? Make adjustments and tweak (not to be confused with twerk) to find your sweet spot + success.
Who’s On Your Team?
This is so important. It’s absolutely essential that you have a power posse on your side. There are very few goals that you can reach flying totally solo. You’ll find that there are some people whose help, expertise, or support you’re going to need. If you’re trying to quit smoking, you’re going to need support and encouragement. If you want to become an online entrepreneur, you’ll need mentors to learn from and assistants to handle tasks you can’t do yourself. Decide who you need and reach out to them before you get started.
How Ya Gettin There?
When you’re looking at a specific goal that you’ll reach on a certain date in the future, you might be wondering how on earth you’re going to get from here to there. The way people do it is to take their big goal and break it up into smaller ones. Don’t shove the whole pie in your mouth – try to remember your manners and use a fork!! If the smaller ones are still too big, break them up further. In fact, it really helps to break your sub-goals into daily actions that will get you closer to achieving them. After you’ve broken it all down into small steps, you’ve got your road map for how to get there.
Why Is This Important?
Ask yourself honestly why you want to attain this goal and make sure that you understand the true reasons. Keep these reasons in your mind as you work toward making it happen. This is the emotion behind manifesting. The reasons and feelings give you motivation and inspiration, which keeps your ass in line when the shit hits the fan – and let’s be honest – it inevitably does.
Answer all these questions using visualization. Imagine yourself in the future after you’ve packed your classes, nailed that corporate client down or pay your mortgage/rent on time and still have a little something left over. Picture yourself taking the steps you need to take to get there. This will help you come up with realistic answers to the questions above.
Make a plan and get shit done!
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