We have heard about Goal Setting for decades now. We have all done this…. we set goals for ourselves, we set New Years’ Resolutions at the end of each year…. but how many of us actually achieve them? Here’s how to set goals so we can train our brain to accomplish them:
1. Set SMART Goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound.
SPECIFIC – Goals have to be Specific enough that we have a real target to work towards. Saying I want more money or better health next year is not detailed enough for our brains to grasp. Stating a goal more clearly is absolutely necessary in order to visualize the target and build a new habit. For example, I’d like to work out a minimum of 4 days a week is a specific enough target that you can picture yourself working out and you can count the number of workouts per week.
MEASURABLE – Just as in the example above, just saying I want to be in better health doesn’t give us a clear way to measure how we are doing. Tracking our progress against a goal, if we are truly working towards it, can generate a feeling of self-satisfaction or gratification. We all need this little happy boost to further motivate us and keep us on the path towards the finish line.
ACHIEVABLE – Ask yourself is this Achievable? In other words, do you have all the skills or resources you need to accomplish the goal? Have you done it before? If not, do you know someone that has? Ensure you have the right tools and skills to complete it. If you’ve never worked out, then finding a trainer or a friend that trains regularly can help set you up for success.
REALISTIC – Setting a goal that is Realistic is ever so important. Saying, for example, I’d like to lose 10 pounds by tomorrow will not work as the body is not capable of that rapid a change. Saying I’d like to lose 10 pounds in 30 days is absolutely realistic as the body can lose 2-3 pounds a week safely.
TIME BOUND – Set a Target Date so you know your timeline and can work backwards to ensure all the right pieces are in place so that you can accomplish your goal on schedule.
2. Visualize yourself Accomplishing the Goal Successfully. Sit and close your eyes and imagine that you’ve already accomplished it! What are you DOING in that moment? How will you FEEL? What will you SEE? What will you HEAR? Imagine a specific moment in time when you will have already accomplished it.
3. Trust that you have all the resources you need to accomplish this easily and effortlessly. Imagine that the right information will come your way or the right door will be opened to create the opportunity you need to be successful.
4. Take 5 minutes at the start of each day to focus on the end state – IMAGINE YOU ALREADY HAVE IT. Focus on the feeling of already having accomplished it.
Begin celebrating that feeling…. that you have already reached your goal.
Happy Resolutions to all and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR from us at Get ZENd!
By Zahra Karsan