Juicy Goal Setting

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I was sitting here today, quickly typing away and coloring (yes, I get to color!) in order to finish some material I had set out to have done by the end of this month. I broke the work down in some manageable bits and it just felt so good to check things off my list.

But things don’t always go that smoothly over here when it comes to setting goals and crossing them off. Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed by “something” you have wanted to finish, or even start, and just keeps getting pushed aside?

I hear ya!

That’s why I wanted to share with you this simple little tips that will kick-start your goal setting and you’ll be crossing things off your list in a heartbeat!

1. Start by setting S.M.A.R.T. goals: [image url=”http://theguavaproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/smart-goals-221×300.jpg” alignment=”right” margin_left=”5″ margin_right=”5″ margin_top=”5″ margin_bottom=”5″ link=”http://theguavaproject.com/1-on-1-with-jen/” target=”_parent” width=”221″ height=”300″]

You have probably heard this one many times before. But I can’t emphasize how important it is.Your goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

2. Write them down:

Take a piece of paper and just write down what that goal is.  Your brain makes all sorts of new connections and re-wiring when you put your thoughts to paper.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, you just have to do it.

3. Write your goal in Present tense:

As your write your goal down, make sure you write them in present tense, as if it has already happened.  That way, you train your mind to think “dreams don’t have to be just dreams.  They can be a reality.”

Example:  I register for one training class by September 2013!

4. Use affirmative language:

That way you get energized every time you look at it because you get to focus on the outcome instead of any actions or options that could’ve been.

Example (of what NOT to do): I stop procrastinating on registering for that class

5. Visualize yourself achieving that goal:

The power of your mind is amazing! One of my favorite quotes is:

[blockQuote position=”center”]”What the mind can conceive, it can achieve” ~  Napoleon Hill[/blockQuote]

Just sit for a few seconds and visualize yourself actually achieving that goal! In the example I have been using, I would see myself driving to that class, sitting in the classroom, writing on my notepad and making new friends.The point is to really submerge yourself in it and start internalizing the feeling of having successfully accomplished your goal.

6. Leave room for failure:

Listen, I would love to sit here and tell you that your plan will go smoothly and without any hiccups. But the truth is amiga, that life just doesn’t work like that.  And that’s OK!So, make sure you leave some room for things to get off track or for things not to come out exactly the way you had originally planned.  The important thing is to start! Progress is progress after all.

7. And last but not least, Get Support!

OK, you have all these pretty goals written down, now what?!  Get support!  Share your goals with your spouse/boyfriend/BFF – somebody that will hold you accountable!

We’re all human after all. So, getting off track is super easy if we don’t have anybody to hold us accountable.

Just remember:

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Abrazos,

Jennifer

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Jennifer Kent is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps you define your dream career and ditch your boring job.

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Jennifer Kent is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps you define your dream career and ditch your boring job.