"Direction is so much more important than speed. Some are going nowhere, fast." Unknown
It’s that time of year again!
Are you all excited about setting goals for the new year, or have you become jaded and can’t be bothered anymore?
Either way, you may be right!
Setting goals can be one of the most helpful and also one of the most destructive things we can do. Which is why learning how to set the right goals is so important.
Setting the right goals
When we repeatedly set goals and fail to achieve them, we risk damaging our self-esteem. Breaking promises to ourselves can cause us to feel depressed and to no longer fully trust ourselves. Setting the right goals, on the other hand, can be a source of deep joy, empowerment and fulfilment.
My article in The Best You magazine sets out the basics of how to set the right goals for you and is a great place to start.
To dive deeper we need to look at our values, which is a more time-consuming but deeply worthwhile endeavour. I will be sending you my values sheet, along with an email about values next week.
In the meantime,to help you set goals that are meaningful to you, for you and not for someone else, I’ve created a simple sheet for you to fill in. It encourages you to think about what you want, how important that is to you and who you are doing it for. You can grab your copy here.
Get Intelligent Start for free
If your goals are around health and wellbeing, you may want to try (or retry!) my Intelligent Start programme. Delivered straight into your inbox, Intelligent Start adds one simple habit change every week for seven weeks, giving you the fundamentals that will set you up for a great 2019. If you’re interested, just click here and we will send it to you (again) for free.
Take time to explore
Finally, be sure not to jump ahead too quickly. Unless you know for certain how you want to achieve your goal, it’s worth factoring in an exploratory phase. Your goal may be to exercise more, for instance, but do you really want to commit to Zumba if you’ve never tried it before? Instead, try a few things out before you choose what you commit to definitively.
Whatever your goals this year, my wish for you is that you build your self-esteem and your connection to your authentic self.
Wishing you a healthy, happy and empowering new year,