What do you want?
This is a big question. A question to contemplate, take time over, take seriously, think very deeply about, question, play with, dance with, breath in, exhale, consider, answer honestly, question some more, let flow through your body, meditate on, take notes about, sketch, draw on flipchart with colourful pens, and come up with an answer that is true to you with absolute honesty.
You know that moment when you’re aware it’s time to set your goals and plan the next stage. I’m sure you’ve been there.
There seemed to always be something distracting me that would take me away from achieving my goals and I let the distractions in. Then of course I would beat myself up over the fact that I didn’t reach my goals. It was a vicious circle.
The layers that built up over years in management in the corporate world used to have an impact on what I chose to write out as my goals for my business and my life. You see, I used to write goals because I had to, a directive from my manager above. The goals were set to achieve targets that were unreachable. It seemed to most managers that the goal posts were moved a little further away each year and goals were impossible to reach.
Any-hoo, let’s move on quickly before I get bogged down with those negative thoughts and my mood changes. (not for the better) Let’s move on to positive, happy thoughts.
What I have learned in the past 7 years running my business is that the goals you set must be completely in line with what you really want. Also before writing goals there is some work to reflect on. Because you have your own business, you make up the rules and the goals. You can choose to work toward what ever you want. There is not a directive from anyone, no right or wrong, it is completely all about what you want. These are not the goals of someone else in your niche, or industry, these are your goals for you and only you.
Before you start the goal setting process go back to the question; what do I want?
Usually in the time between Christmas and New Year, I come back to this question each year. Yes I do take some time out, however if you want to stand out and be successful this can be a great use of your time. For me it certainly is. There is a change in routine because of Christmas Day and Boxing Day, I find the thinking process is made all the easier because I do not have to sit down back into the routine I have had over the past 12 months.
Those distractions I mentioned earlier were, I believe, because I had not set my goals about what I really wanted, but instead goals around what I thought I should set as my goals. My goals often included, more clients, more people to help, more income, set up a new program, and advertise more. You get it I’m sure, very broad and very business like. Yes some of those things were what I needed, but what did I really want?
Now my goals are more about the want that lies deep within me. Happiness. Building my business so I can take time out. Freedom. Flexibility. What I need to do to leverage my business to reach more people and change their lives. Time to do the things that are creative and artistic and excite me to the point of making my heart sing.
What do I want?
What lights me up makes me shine and makes my heart sing?
Once I have worked on what I really want and set my goals accordingly, I tap into the feelings I’ll have once I’ve achieved each goal.
How will I feel when I have that?
After those questions and that process, then and only then, do I break down my goals into achievable chunks that I can work on each quarter, month, week and day.
Using this process and these questions is so much more realistic and personal. It will have you more likely to achieve your goals because it is what you really want.
Set your goals to enable you to shine and allow your heart to sing and to manifest what you truly want throughout the coming year.
Now that will be really wonderful.