Thursday, January 17, 2013

7 days 7 ways TO SET A GOAL

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For many of us a new year means a new start and a time to set new goals for what we would like to achieve at the end of 2013. Here are seven ways to set a goal from Body + Soul.

Think big. Visualise your future in three areas – finance, family and health. How much do you want to earn this year, next year, in five years? What lifestyle do you want for you and your family?

Think quickly. What are your three most important goals in life right now? You only have 30 seconds to give your answers. How are they different from yesterday? They are probably a more accurate picture of what you truly want from life.

Write it down. Your goals should be clear, specific, detailed and measurable. Make each goal positive, not negative. Rather than writing, “I won’t miss any more gym sessions”, instead write, “I’ll exercise three times a week.”

Set a deadline. If your goal is for better fitness, register yourself for a race. If it’s for weight loss, plan an event for which you want to look glamorous. If your goal is big, setting sub-deadlines will help you to minimise procrastination.

Troubleshoot. Identify the obstacles that have prevented you from achieving your goals in the past, then work out how you can overcome each obstacle one by one. What skills and knowledge will you need to acquire to get there?

Make a plan. Organise your goals into a series of steps. Aim to achieve one thing each day towards your goal – it could be as simple as taking a healthy snack to work, trying a new machine at the gym or getting to bed an hour earlier.

Write an affirmation. Describe your goal in the present as if you’ve achieved it. Keep it positive, for example, “Today, I’m fit and healthy.” Say the affirmation five times every morning to keep the goal in your mind for the day ahead.

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