Goal setting cheat sheet (DW#321)

goal setting objective Feb 05, 2018

It is such a pleasure to hear from many of you who shared that you are trying out some of the practices and getting great results.

Here is a recap of what we have discussed:

  1. Intentionally complete last year, choose what you are not going to work at anymore and renew your intentions about goals and resolutions that still matter
  2. Have a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset. Know that people who believe that change and growth are possible are the ones who make it happen
  3. The new year is a good time for a fresh start for many reasons including the energy and support around goal setting at this time of year
  4. Human beings are teleological creatures: setting and striving towards goals give us meaning and purpose in life and enhances our emotional wellbeing.
  5. The most important thing to remember about setting goals is to write them down. This one practice significantly increases the chances of success.
  6. There is a difference between goals and resolutions. Goals are projects that have a definite end period while resolutions are habit-goals that aim at bringing about personal and permanent change. We need both.
  7. Don’t rely solely on willpower or self control to succeed at your goals and resolutions. Set yourself up for success by fostering a supportive environment for yourself.
  8. Get in touch with the meaning and purpose of your goals. If you keep your why in mind at all times, it will help you get through the how.
  9. Set goals that are meaningful for you rather than those that you think you should. Get in touch with the positive emotions that goal achievement will bring forth for you.
  10. Set your goals in between the discomfort and delusion zones. They need to be challenging so that we get excited rising to the challenge.
  11. Get social support. Join a group or get an accountability partner to hold you accountable for progress.
  12. WOOP your goals. Dream big when you want to set goals. Have a clear vision of goal achievement – and then rub that vision against reality.
  13. Get in motion. Keep taking action. Baby steps count. Take even a single daily action towards your goal.
  14. Get to the finish line by expecting and beating resistance and perfectionism.

Which is your favourite takeaway? And what do you find the most challenging?

For me, the idea about expecting resistance is very helpful. And I find the practice of consistency, to keep moving to be the most challenging.

What about you?

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