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Get Out Of Your Own Way

What’s Stopping You from Setting Goals?

Do you have a goal that you want to achieve but something is standing in the way? I have lots of goals..and let me be honest here, 9 times out of 10 the biggest thing standing in my way is ME.  If you’ve found that you’re the biggest thing in your way, here are some questions to ask yourself.

Are You Afraid?

Often, it’s fear that’s stopping you from getting started. In order to reach your goal and make a big change in your life, you need to get out of your comfort zone. You may also be afraid of failure. Surprisingly, many people are afraid to succeed and attain their goals. The way to handle fear is to plan well, stop negative self-talk, and focus on your past achievements rather than what could happen in the future.

Do You Really Want It?

When you answer this question honestly, it can be an eye-opener. You may discover that you’re not ready yet to make the change. Sometimes we like the idea of attaining our goal better than the reality. The best way to find out if this is the case is to realistically consider all that you’ll have to do to achieve your goal. Listen to the stories of others who have done it and ask yourself if it’s worth it to you.

Is It Somebody Else’s Goal?

Is the goal actually your own or is it someone else’s? It’s very common for us to internalize the things others want for us. The other person may be a family member, a romantic partner, or people at work. When the goal isn’t really yours to begin with, it’s much easier to buckle under pressure when things get tough. Ask yourself if it’s what you really want or what they really want.

Are You Too Busy?

Do you really have the time to fit this goal into your life right now? Attaining any worthwhile goal takes a considerable amount of time. Many of us are ‘time poor’ and just don’t have room for it. You can learn how to manage your time better and shift your schedule around, but sometimes even that doesn’t help. Set a realistic timeframe for your goal and figure out what you’ll need to do each day in order to achieve it.

How to Get Started

Probably the biggest thing that stops people from starting on their goals is that they don’t know where to start. Goal planning is a skill just like any other and most of us aren’t good at it.

Start by clarifying what you want and then set a timeframe for when you want to achieve it. Next, break your big goal into small sub-goals and make a list for each of the actions you need to take to achieve them. Organize your goal setting but leave some room for flexibility too because things change along the way.

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4 Surefire Ways to Fail at Reaching Your Goals

Napoleon Hill said, ‘A goal is a dream with a deadline.’ Are you great at dreaming but not so good at attaining your goals? I could dream up business ideas and strategy for days. I literally have 100s of URLs and journals filled with the next amazing thing. It took me a long time to figure out how to tap into that talent and transfer it into a service. Once I did, the Darshana Collective was born, the company is flourishing and I am finally getting paid for something I am naturally good at – creative, organizational, business strategy for yoginis.  I failed a bunch of times before I got it right. The reason I got it right this time? I set strategic goals. Once I got strategic about it, the walls came down and everything fell into place.

If you’re stuck dreaming, and not doing, something is holding you back. Here are four of the most common reasons why people fail to reach their goals.

1. The Reason Gets Away from You

It takes a long time to reach your goals. During that time, it’s easy to stray from the real reason why you ever wanted to achieve it in the first place. In fact, you may very well forget it entirely.

How do you keep from doing this? A great way is to write this reason down. Ask yourself why you want to make this change and answer it as honestly as possible. Take that piece of paper and keep it with you constantly. Tuck it in your wallet. Look at it every time you have to bust out your ATM card to pay for something. Reminders are key!!

You may also find your motivation to reach the goal waning, especially when you encounter challenges along the way. Keeping a written statement of why you want to achieve your goal keeps that initial excitement with you to push you forward.

2. Too Much on Your Plate

The expression ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ applies to goal planning as well as many other things in life. If you try to take on too many things at once, you’ll be spending your energy all over the place. You won’t have the focus that you need to reach even one, and you’ll most likely burn out quickly. Be laser focused in your passion.

But what can you do if you’re an ambitious person with lots on your plate? The solution is to make a huge list of goals and just pick one. Work on one until you get comfortable with it and start seeing results. Then, you can add the next goal to your already busy schedule.

3. Choking on Negativity

Often, we fall short of what we want because we focus too much on negatives. You think about what you don’t want or where you don’t want to be, instead of visualizing yourself in a good place in the future.  If you’re not sure visualization is powerful, check out my friend Lana Shlafer. She’s a master at manifestation and visualization techniques.  I am not one for pudding, but the proof is there.

If your goal is to get more private clients, stop thinking about the ones you don’t have right now. Sure, it may be a good motivator to get you job hunting; but the negative thinking it’s causing you can stand in your way. Instead, focus on the wonderful new job you’re going to get.

4. Kill the Fear

Many of us fail to make progress on our goals because of fear, which is perfectly natural. If you’ve got a big goal you’re working toward, there’s a good chance it’s something you’ve never done before, and that can be terrifying.

When you’re afraid, it’s usually because you doubt your abilities. But with proper planning, this isn’t an issue at all. If you break your goals down into sub-goals and daily actions that will get you closer to them, it just becomes a matter of logistics. A good plan with concrete steps helps you overcome fear.

5. Take Action Today

Ultimately the main reason we fail at goals is that we fail to take action. This could be because of the fear mentioned above or for other reasons, but it’s essential to do something each day that gets you closer to your goals. This helps you understand your own abilities and skills better, and it gives you more confidence when you see yourself getting closer to getting what you want.

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Creating Time Frames + Being flexible in Goal Setting

To tha Tick Tock You Don’t Stop.
Yes, that was a Color Me Bad reference. Stop hating.

Two weeks ago we talked about S.M.A.R.T goal planning; Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented (or Achievable), Realistic, and Timely. The last is probably the most important. Your goals need a time frame because without one, you can easily spin your wheels and never reach them. A time frame adds a sense of urgency to your goals and that’s just what they need.

How to Set Deadlines

Creating a time frame is based on setting deadlines. Deadlines can be scary for  bliss chasing- zen-types, but I promise they will help you reach your career + abundance goals.  Just like a deadline for work or school, this is the day when you’ll reach that goal. The first step in creating deadlines is to define the overall timeframe. Will this goal take a few years, months, weeks, or days to reach? Choose a day in the future that you think is realistic and don’t worry, you can go back and change it later. We’re yoginis, we got that flexibility shit down, right?

Once you’ve got your deadline, break your goal into small action steps that will get you closer to it. These should all be tasks that can be finished and clearly defined. In other words, you know exactly when they’re done. You’ll take these sub-goals and affix deadlines to them as well. These deadlines will gradually get you to your big one. I know I am repeating myself, but mastery in goal setting takes practice aka repetition!

Example – Grow Your Facebook Following

For example, your goal might be to grow your Facebook following. You’d first decide exactly what ‘grow your following means’ means – more fans, more shares, more fan contribution/engagement, etc. Quantify that shit!  To do this, take your overall goal and break it into these smaller and more specific sub-goals.

You might choose to make one change per month, a la scheduling posts and engaging with other pages. By the end of the month, your Facebook posts should be consistent. By the next month, you’ll be consistently engaging with other Fanpages and recruiting them to like yours. You’ve now got an action plan and a solid time frame for it.

How to Make Your Deadlines More Efficient

There are several ways to make your deadlines more efficient. First of all, the key to success is to be realistic. Look at each of your sub-goals and ask yourself if you can really reach it in that time? How do you know if it’s realistic? At first, you don’t. But a safe way of guessing is to pad all of your deadlines. Give each an extra day in case things don’t work out as planned (and they rarely ever do).

You can also monitor along the way. Check your progress periodically and see if you’re still on target for reaching that goal. For example, if your goal is to boost your Fanpage, you should have a set amount and a deadline. Every week, check your count to see if it’s going up the way it should be. If it’s not, regroup, figure out why and trying pushing your deadline back accordingly.

Hey Yogini, Keep it Bendy! Stay Flexible

AKA, keep it flexible. Do you see a common theme here? Those that don’t bend, break. Deadlines help you get things done and your time frame gives it all a sense of urgency. But you don’t want to put yourself in a perpetual state of panic. Flexibility means that you’re willing to change course and adjust if needed, but not stray from your overall dream. Life happens sometimes, so let it; but don’t let it stop you from reaching your goals.

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You can make anything happen if you know how to set goals, but they need to be realistic. This might seem like a contradiction – sort of like saying dream big but not too big. Not what I’m getting at. When we talk about goals, being realistic simply means looking at the big picture. You can dream as big, fat and juicy as you want, but you need to get off your meditation pillow and hustle.  Hustle means taking realistic action.

Hustle

Here’s a few steps to take in getting realistic….

Be Specific

The first step in creating realistic goals is to be as specific as possible. There’s no way to reach a goal like ‘deepen my practice’ or ‘gain more clients.’ It needs to be something concrete and measurable. What would work is something like, ‘start every morning with sun salutations’ or ‘ add five new private teaching clients to my monthly schedule.’

Evaluate Your Skills

Is your goal something that you’ve got the skills to achieve? For example, let’s say that your goal is to offer online yoga classes to download. Do you have a website, can you video your classes and upload them to your website, do you have a payment system set up and do you have a social media following? If you don’t have all the skills it needs, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. What it means is that you’ve got skills to learn (and tasks to contract out). Learning these skills provide you with sub-goals that get you closer to reaching your main goal.

The Resources Your Need

Along with skills, do you have the resources you need to reach the goal in question? If you want to add five more private clients to your teaching roster you need a plan of attack. Referrals? Advertising? Teaching space?  First of all, brainstorm all the resources you’ll need and take stock of what’s available. If you don’t have access to what you need, make a plan for getting it.

Time Considerations

When it comes to being realistic about goals, time is probably the biggest consideration. All goals take time to reach. Do you have the time it’ll take? A good way to figure this out is to read about it or talk to others who have done what you’re getting ready to do. Use this information to create a timeframe for yourself.

Research Your Roadblocks

There’s a chance that you’ll come across a roadblock that, no matter how you try, you just can’t get over. It’s good to know about these before you invest lots of time in reaching your goal. The best way to avoid this is to do your homework before you get started. High school + college is over, but that doesn’t mean the homework ends! Learn from the experience of others that have done this before. If you want to become a yoga teacher, educate yourself well on what it takes to become one. Talking to others who have done it before also helps you find out whether or not it’s a goal that’s worth pursuing.

Deciding whether or not a goal is realistic is a test for you. What you’re actually asking yourself is whether or not you’re able and willing to work for it. Identify your natural strengths and weaknesses. Your strengths will make it easier for you and your weaknesses will tell you what you need to work on. That’s what being realistic is all about.

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
~ Jesse Owens

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Keep it Real: Goal Planning and Taking Action

How do you achieve your the big, fat, juicy goals in your life?

Just like you can’t cram a big, fat, juicy burger (or apple if you’re vegan) in your mouth in one bite, you break your BFJ goals up into smaller goals that are easier to reach. How do you reach these smaller goals? By breaking them up into action steps. These are things that you do to get closer to achieving your BFJ Goals. Goals are reached in stages, not all at once. You didn’t pop up into handstand and hang out there for 2 minutes the first time you tried, right?

Turning Goals into Actions

When you’re breaking your goals into action steps, pick tangible targets. This means making the action step something that you’ll know you’ve finished. In other words, it has to be measurable. It’s all about the metrics, baby, remember? Each of these steps may be a task that once completed gets you closer to the goal. Choose one or a handful of actions to take each day.

You and Your Cluttered Garage

Ok, so lets bring it into real life.  Let’s say your goal is to sign contracts for 4 corporate yoga gigs. What sub-goals would you use? One tangible sub-goal with a measurable outcome is to create a list of prospective sites. Another sub-goal to create your pricing structure. Reaching out the the company’s HR director would be another.

You’d then break each of these sub-goals into action steps. Remember that the end result has to be achievable. 4 teaching gigs certainly isn’t pie in the sky outlandish!  For the first sub-goal of creating a prospect list, you might break it into an action step to research what corporate office parks are in your area.  Figure out which companies are located where and then dig a little deeper. Spend an hour online e-stalking them up. You can get a pretty good idea of corporate culture from a company’s website. Intuitively narrow your prospect list accordingly.

The Devil’s in the Details

I know, I said that last week, but it’s true!!! Tangible means something that can be measured. (hello metrics!) Depending on the type of goal, you should use facts and figures. If you’re looking to nail a corporate gig, decide on an exact number of classes. If it’s asana mastery, break it down quantitatively – “hold headstand for 90 seconds”. Use action words to define your tasks. On your list of things to do, don’t write ‘business’ or ‘practice.’ Instead, write ‘research potential corporate yoga sites’ or ‘get inverted.’ The verb is important because it reminds you that this is an action that needs to be taken.

Keep It Realistic

Don’t forget that the reason we break goals down into steps is to make them more realistic. Any goal is achievable if you break it into bite-sized chunks and affix realistic time frames to these chunks. Goals that revolve around learning a new skill are especially daunting, but when you break them down in this way, they become possible.

If your action steps seem more like giant leaps, this doesn’t mean you should give up. It just means you need to break them up into smaller actions that are easier to achieve.

Keep it Real

Monitor Your Progress

A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. Once you’re several hundred miles on your way, it doesn’t seem so far at all. Monitor your progress and log it in a journal or computer file. This shows you how far you’ve come in working toward your goal and that adds more motivational fuel to the fire.

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Love Up MetricsStaying on Track with Your Goals: How to Measure Your Progress

In the corporate world, uttering the word “metrics” can invoke some not so pleasant feelings. Typically they’re applied to a financial or performance outcome. If you’re ex-corporate and the word metrics makes you break out in a sweat, fumble for a Xanax, hold up. Kick back into a little Nadi Shodhan and calm the F down. We’re flipping the switch and making friends with metrics today. Why?  Because they’re pretty bad ass and we all need some bad ass in our corner, right?

One of the most important parts of goal setting is measuring your progress. When you measure your progress you can see where you’ve come from and where you’re headed. This is a powerful motivator to help you keep workin it. It gives you a realistic picture of the situation and lets you know when you need a change of strategy.

Here are some good ways to measure your progress:

Facts and Figures

No matter what type of goals you’ve set, find a way to quantify progress. If your goal is to build your online tribe and community engagement, this is easy to do. You can keep track in Facebook Fans, comment interaction or Twitter followers. If your goal is something that’s not easily quantifiable, like deepen my personal yoga practice, track it as a number of hours. For example, ‘I spent 6 hours this week practicing yoga.’ Better yet, track how your practice changes in pictures – absolutely quantifiable…

@laurasykora on Instagram from Yoga Beyond.
@laurasykora on Instagram from Yoga Beyond.

Stay on Schedule

In order to reach a goal, you need to break it into sub-goals and put them into some kind of timeframe. This is how you stay organized. It’s also a great way to chart your progress. You can see if you’re hitting your targets or not. Sticking to your schedule is important, but give yourself some flexibility. Those that don’t bend, break, yadda yadda yadda.  The real point of setting these deadlines is to monitor progress. Change them as you go if you need to.

Keep a Journal

When you decide on your goal and you have the specifics worked out, write it down on the first page of a notebook. This notebook will be your goal journal. Set aside a little bit of time each day to write about how it’s going. Imagine that you’re writing a letter to your future self. Your journal entries don’t have to be long or incredibly detailed. Just write about what you did today and how you feel about it. Metrics can be warm and fuzzy too!

Tick It

Another even easier idea than a journal is to keep a simple tick sheet. When you complete a task, simply tick it off. You can create a tick sheet or find one online that you can download.  As a Virgo and an attorney [which means my brain is a bit more sick and twisted than the average yoga junkie] check lists make my heart race. There are some really fab [FREE] online ones available these days including Asana and Wunderlist. And if you have money to burn, Basecamp personally makes me weak in the knees. If online task management isn’t your thing, a calendar is another way to do it. Tick sheets are great for marking off your daily tasks and sub-goals. They give you a visual representation of how far you’ve come.

Ratings and Rankings

You can keep track of your progress by creating your own rating and ranking system. Make a system that goes from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. If, for example, you want to become more confident, you can monitor your confidence each day and rate it. A rating of 5 might mean you’re ready to take on the world; 1 means that you want to crawl into bed and hide!  If you track your rankings over time, you can chart them out. This will give you a clear indication of your highs and lows throughout the month. Figuring out the pattern to your emotional roller coaster can help you approach yourself (life, business and other) with a bit more self care and self care is essential if you want to be a goal setting + achieving superstar.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time Fo That!

WRONG. Every health coach out there knows there’s always time to cook dinner (instead of grabbing some disease in a box at Micky D’s). Every Personal Trainer out there will tell you there are more than enough hours in the day to get a work out in. As your Yoga Business Coach + Trainer, I am telling you, there’s more than enough time in the day for you to organize and plan your business goals.  Yes, I realize all of the suggestions above take time out of your busy schedule. When you’re working toward an important goal, you may feel that you don’t have much to spare. However, a little planning goes a long way and little bits of time that you take to measure your progress will benefit you considerably. Pinky Swear.  The key is to decide how much time you can devote to measuring goal progress and choose a system that fits it.

Metrics turn you on now, right? Mmmmhmmm, thought so. Now get to it!

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The Dirty Details in Goal Setting

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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You can do just about anything if you know how to set goals, but most of us don’t. It takes quite a bit of planning and if you’re not a planner, it can be tough. That’s why we have the SMART method for setting goals. A SMART goal is one that is:

  •  Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action-oriented
  • Realistic, and
  • Time-based

Specific

Being specific helps you focus on exactly how you’re going to reach your goal. Start by creating a statement that explains what you’ll do. Use the phrase ‘I will’. Now, ask yourself the what, why and how of this goal to refine it. Make it as detailed as possible. This will help you generate the sub-goals and steps that you need to take to get there.

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Corporate Services offered by Sonya Genel

Real Life Example: I will grow my yoga teaching business by including corporate offerings in my services.  That seems like a pretty fabulous goal, but how exactly are you going to achieve it?  You also need to set sub-goals – little steps to take that will get you to your end goal.

Measurable

There needs to be some way to know when you’ve reached your goal. The results have to be measurable. If you want to make more money, for example, choose a specific dollar amount that you’d like to be making per year. The great thing about making goals measurable is that you can easily see your progress and this keeps you motivated to work on it.

Real Life Example:  I will add 4 Corporate Yoga Clients/Classes to my teaching roster per month providing an additional $700 income per month. Here you’re measuring both the amount of classes/clients your adding and attaching a dollar value to it.

Quick TIP: sometimes it’s easier to work backwards from your bottom line/dollar value to figure out your metrics!!

Action-oriented

Office Yoga with Sonya Genel

Without action, goals are just day dreams and day dreams don’t pay the bills. Make a list of your sub-goals and attach specific actions you can take to make them happen. Think about things you can do today that will bring you closer to achieving your goal. Also plan actions you can take when things don’t go as planned. Hello Plan B.  During the course of working your way toward your goal, set aside time to reflect on your actions and assess the results.  Self reflection and analysis will let you dig in and get to the bottom of where you’re getting hung up. If you’re not getting the results you want, make the necessary changes.

Real Life Example:  Sub goals could include; draft Corporate Yoga Proposal; establish corporate pricing, add corporate services to my website. Not getting that damn proposal written? Why not? Don’t know how to research ROI? Confused over standard corporate pricing? Don’t let confusion or the unknown paralyze your momentum, it’s time for Plan B.  Hire Terra Kroll to design corporate yoga proposal package.

Realistic

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Goals only work when they’re realistic. Keep your head in the stars, but your feet firmly planted on the earth. To fluff that down, it simply means that you have a firm grasp on the big picture – perspective. Ask yourself whether or not this goal is something you can do – or even want to do. Take some time to think about your strengths and weaknesses. Which parts are going to be easy and which will be difficult? Develop a plan for the challenges you’re going to face.

Real Life Example: You’ve read the yoga blogs and understand corporate is the way to go + you want in on the prosperity. Your goal is to build corporate yoga offerings into your services and maintain at a minimum 10 corporate clients per month.   You’re a popular yoga teacher with an extremely loyal following. You consistently pack your classes. The kicker is, you’re known and loved for your deeply spiritual classes. Students that come to your classes really want to be filled up.  The problem here is that your spiritual classes are not going to jive with the needs of corporate america. Corporate yoga will be the kriptonite to your Yogini superpower. If you’re dead set on moving into the corporate world, how are you going to adapt your spiritually based teaching to make it more corporate friendly?  That’s the plan, Stan. 

Time-based

Set up a detailed time frame for when your goal and all of your sub-goals are going to be achieved. This is hard to estimate if you’ve never done it before – just make the best guess possible and change your time frame slightly if you need to. Be flexible baby! We often find that it takes longer than we planned. However, make sure you have a definite deadline to add urgency to it.

A great way to plan out your goal is to use mind maps. Mind maps are visual tools used for brainstorming and setting out tasks. At the center is your main goal and all of your sub-goals branch out from it. You can then define timeframes and exactly how you’re going to reach all of your sub-goals. Mind maps put goal planning in a visual format that makes it easy for you to see the big picture.

Here’s the 2014 Goals Mind Map for The Darshana Collective:

2014 Goals

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Resolutions Suck. Goal Setting is Awesome.

Resolutions set you up for failure. Every year you may resolve to lose 20lbs, but unless you have a plan on getting there, you’re just going to feel guilty about breaking your resolution.

Screw Resolutions, Set Goals. <~~~ Tweet that.

Goal setting is crucial for getting what you want out of your business (and life). There really isn’t any other way to produce real lasting change. Rewind your life and look closely at anything you’ve achieved, becoming a Yoga Teacher for example… The steps you took could have looked something like this: Step 1: Develop yoga practice. Step 2: Find a Teacher Training Program that’s suitable for me. Step 3: Complete 200hr Teacher Training Program. Step 4:  Practice teaching.  Step 5: Get teaching gig. Maybe you wrote all that down on a piece of paper, maybe not, either way, you  thoroughly planned and executed goal behind becoming a yoga teacher. Goal setting is important, yo! Here’s why:

Clarity

Goal setting gives you clarity about what you want. Most of us have vague desires floating around in our heads. If you don’t set down in concrete terms exactly what you want, you’ll end up spinning your wheels and getting nothing done. You actually create your goals twice – once in your mind and once later in reality. The clearer the vision in your mind, the easier it is to formulate concrete steps that will get you there.

Responsibility

When you set down a goal and start working toward it, you give yourself a sense of responsibility to see it through. You can easily understand that whether or not you attain your goal has little to do with outside influence and everything to do with your attitude and actions. You can no longer blame others for your failure to get what you want. This is totally empowering. You become solely accountable.

Action

If you set your goal well, it will give you a concrete action plan. Wishing for things to happen doesn’t do this. You have to get off your meditation pillow and actually hustle. You know that you have to get started today and take small steps toward your eventual target. An important part of the goal setting process is breaking up your goals into smaller goals and a daily action plan that will get you there.

Motivation

Shit goes wrong. Without a goal, how do you stay on target, especially when things get royally effed up? Making daily progress toward your goal through your action plan gives you the motivation to keep going. You can see how far you’ve come and you know that it would totally suck to turn back. For lots of peeps, simply putting your goal into words and getting started is a great motivator.

Focus

Without laser-sharp focus, you’re unlikely to ever achieve great things in your life. You’re just going through the motions. Having a goal and plan for achieving it keeps you completely focused on what you need to do in order to get there. I totally fall victim to the shiny object syndrome, but it’s much harder to be distracted or led astray by shiny objects when you’re focused on a specific goal. If you set goals, you know exactly where to put your energy each day to get it done. Decisions begin to make themselves.

One Goal at a Time

Goal setting is important but there’s a right and wrong way to do it. Like any skill, it’s something you need to learn and practice. Most people don’t learn from their goal-setting mistakes and they continually struggle to attain the goals they desire. You’re motivated and you’ve got lots of changes you want to make in your life or business, but ease up killer!  You wouldn’t guide a yoga newb into headstand in their first class, would you? {if you would, you need your teaching cred revoked} Take it one goal at a time. Be reasonable. Choose which is most important to you and focus on it. Let the others wait. Once you’re in the groove with the first goal, think about adding another. Don’t burn yourself out by tackling too many, you’ll just end up feeling shitty in the end!

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