It’s so hard to believe that August is gone – only one more day and then we’re into another new month. It’s also time to say ‘good-bye to summer. With the way time is going by so quickly, we’ll be celebrating Christmas (I’ve already seen stores set-up for Christmas – unbelievable).
These next two days are giving you the time to set goals to end the year off accomplished; it’s never too late to achieve your goals. I’ve spoken many times on this topic but we all need a reminder to ‘stick.’ Sometimes it’s not which goals you set but how you set them, as you want to make them so compelling that you just have to work to get them done.
Here are 3 ways to set compelling goals:
- Past achievements – remember a time when you did achieve something you wanted and how you did it – we often forget that we’ve accomplished goals in the past, as they now are easy or part of our routine; do you remember the first time you tried to ride a bike? remember how ‘hard’ it was? But yet you did it. Looking back on past achievements can help you to open up and get creative in your goals
- Everest goals – focus on the end-result – you already have reached your goal – and then work backwards to identify all the steps it took for you to get there. I love this way of setting goals, as it gets you into futuring and tapping into your visuals so you can ‘see’ you already accomplished; I find I get more creative while this also raises my emotional level to make my goals more compelling. Create a visual representation to keep the goal in front of you, such as drawing a map with your goal at the top and free-think actionable steps that took you there.
- Pain-Gain – another way to set goals is by looking at the benefit you will get, and the risk for not, for having them. By looking at the gain you will get by having the goal, can help you determine the ‘strength’ of that goal, and give you the motivation you need. Also, looking at the current pain by not having the goal also gives you a differing perspective to realize what is missing, i.e. why you need that goal, which, again, makes you want to do the work needed.
However, you set goals, the important point is that you have them as there are many benefits to them. Set them for parts of your life, as well as in your job and career. Think big – don’t be afraid to be as creative as you want; in fact, make it so big that you have to go for it. Planning ahead will give you peace of mind while providing direction each day. Now, you can savor these last days of summer and end your year well!
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