Create the life of your dreams through small action steps.
The New Year brings us the opportunity to focus on the future, while taking inventory of the lessons we have learned from the past.
This time of year often feels like we have a gift of a clean slate, allowing us to have a do-over from those elusive good intentions we had last New Year’s Day.
This is a perfect time to consider what is going well, while contemplating what we could have done differently over the past year. None of us had an inkling of how 2020 would be so vastly different than what we imagined on January 1st, and for many of us, we may be experiencing some serious emotional burnout, wondering if goal setting is worth our effort in 2021.
At Money Mentor Group, we believe ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! If last year threw you off your game plan, taking time to think about what you want to accomplish in the upcoming year will shift your focus from disappointment to a mindset of hope and possibility.
Taking some key, smaller steps in setting goals will increase the likelihood of achieving them. Here are seven steps you can take:
1. As Steven Covey says, “Begin with the end in mind.” Start with your imagination! If you had a magic wand that you could wave over the next 365 days, what would you want to happen? This is the time to think BIG!
2. Ask yourself why each goal is important. If accomplished, how will it change your life? The pride of learning a new skill? Or feeling a sense of accomplishment for staying on track with your goals? Whether you are setting out to achieve a personal or professional goal a major motivator lies in a strong desire to experience a transformation that will impact your life in a positive way.
3. Create a visual tool that expresses both the things you want and how you will feel when you have them. A vision board is an example of this type of tool. By marrying our thoughts with pictures and printed words, we are able to instantly remind ourselves of the “what” and the “why” in setting our goals. Utilizing visuals with goal setting activates some of the synapses in your brain, reinforcing the commitment to the goal.
“Only 3% of people have written goals, and the rest of us work for them!” - Brian Tracy
4. Take time to sit down and write your goals. This will enhance the messaging in your brain, connecting the thought with another type of visual.
Write Your Goals Down
At Money Mentor Group, we have created a FREE tool that will help you get started in setting your goals for the upcoming year.
5. After making your list, take time to decide which goals are priorities. Narrow your goals down to the top three so that you can put your energy towards a few specific goals, rather than subjecting yourself to the overwhelm that occurs when we are scattering our thoughts and energy over too many ideas.
6. Form your own support network! Share your goals with a close friend or family member who can help you keep accountable, and cheer you on when you face the inevitable obstacles that life will throw at you. Decide to have regular check ins to evaluate your progress. As coaches, we know that accountability is a key factor in sticking to the action steps in reaching goals, and are here to support you with your financial goals!
7. Mind your mindset! Did you know your brain is designed to insert doubt around any change you may be considering? Change is not a comfort zone for our brain! Our brains have a unique biology that is designed to be as efficient as possible, which helps us in our everyday tasks. The same is true with the thought patterns we have been so used to using in the past. These thoughts may have previously held you back from achieving your goals, or playing small.
It is possible to train your brain for success! The first step in doing so is the awareness of past attempts you have made in reaching a goal that fell short. Did you make excuses? Procrastinate? Don’t blame yourself, that’s how you are hardwired! Increasing your awareness of what your brain is telling you will allow you to begin recognizing past patterns of self-sabotage.
It takes more than willpower and a vision to reach our goals. By incorporating some small, regular action steps, along with minding your mindset, the big goals you’ve planned can be achieved. You can create the life of your BIG DREAMS!
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