Recently I’ve noticed in myself that I have been taking more time to consider where it is that I actually want to be. I’ve always been an organised person and because of my job, most of my work has deadlines, so I think in a way, I’ve become more goal orientated naturally. Whilst thinking about this I realised there are two aspects to the idea of visualising your goals. The first is 'where it is that I want to be’ and the second is ‘how am I going to get there’?
First things first, make a plan. I feel like I’ve got so used to making lists and following plans that now I can’t do anything without one. My daily routine is scheduled into hourly time slots and I’m really ok with that. I find planning all the little steps to get to an end result so reassuring, and I always feel much calmer even knowing that there is some sort of a plan, not to mention the satisfaction when I get to tick things off.
Visualising your success. This is a bit of a tricky one to explain, but essentially it's telling yourself or acting in a way as if you have already achieved your goal. The concept is that the positive feeling of truly believing in ourselves will resonate within us and makes us much more motivated. Too often I think we do the opposite, and expect we won’t achieve something and there’s no point in trying, but if we envisage ourselves reaching for the thing that we’re aiming for before we’ve even got it, this is the ultimate motivation to succeed.
Make yourself a realistic time frame. Emphasis on the word ‘realistic’ here, because I know I always underestimate how long something actually will take and think I can do it so much faster, when really that’s rarely the case. For example, your goal might be to teach yourself something, achieve success at work, learn to drive or start eating more healthily, but how long are you going to give yourself to achieve that? It could be 1 month, 2 months or 6 months. I think the length of time that you set yourself is really important to avoid any disappointment. For example, giving yourself 1 week to get healthy and start working and get in shape might be a bit overambitious...but 6 months to a year is more achievable. The time frame that you set will also help you monitor targets and generally track how you’re doing.
Make a mood/motivation board. I’m a very visual person, so this is really important step for me, plus I really enjoyed setting an afternoon aside to find quotes and images to help me visualise my end goal. Once I’ve made it, I always make sure that I stick it somewhere that will remind me of my goal everyday, the back of the your bedroom door or the fridge is always a good spot.
Know how to prioritise. This is perhaps one of the hardest points and it’s not something that comes naturally to everyone, especially me, but I do think it’s something that everyone can learn. Sometimes it’s tricky but I think it can really transform your progress when you take time to consider if something is or isn’t a priority. When I feel overwhelmed by the tasks I have to do, I sometimes mark them out of 10 or reorganise them into a list of things that are more urgent and others that can wait longer.
What are your goals you’ve set yourself this year? I’m currently in the process of putting together a work related goal and although I’ve underestimated the time frame (majorly!) I’m excited to share it with you soon.