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Do you have moments in your life when you wake up feeling on top of the world?  And in that instant you wonder how you could ever feel differently? In those moments I see myself as Wonder Woman.

I feel that way every January 1st. I’m a goal setter and I love the idea of New Years resolutions. I take is as an opportunity to dream and hope and plan. I feel unconquerable in my goals and I am usually very ready to tackle the world one step at a time.  

But inevitably the intensity of that feeling fades and I start to allow the self doubts and worries to override my “I got this” feeling. I let myself get distracted with other things and my focus gets off track. 

Does this sound fimiliar to any of you? Do you relate in some way? So what can be done about it? How can we stick to our goals and notice our progress along the way?

I am sure there are books upon books on how to do this. In fact I am sure in my library I could pull out several.  The trick is to find a solution that works for you. 

This year I decided to try something a little different and so far this has been the best system for me so far. As I share with you what has been working for me feel free to take this system and make it your own. Or use it just as I will describe. 

For this goal setting project I used post-it notes, my favorite pencils, a notebook (digital notebooks work great for this as well) and a poster board.

1. Ask yourself “If there were no limits what would I do, who would I become, where would I go, what would I create?”

Dream big, dream small, and dream somewhere in the middle. In your notebook write down whatever comes to your mind. This is a free flowing exercise. No structure. No wrong answers. Think about all aspects of your life. Social, physical, mental, spiritual. 

2. Step away for a couple of days. 

If something more comes to your mind add it to the list. At this point don’t worry how you will or will not be able to achieve your dream goals. 

3. Pick 5-7 of those goals to begin with. 

Once you come back to it you will have had time to think about what is really important to you. I suggest picking a mixture of big items and smaller items here. Include different categories as well. You could include business, hobbies, fitness,  relationship etc. It is not possible to do everything at one time.  

4. Write each of those 5-7 goals on individual sticky notes.

 I like to include the category on the top of the sticky note and then underneath that I write the goal. Do what works for you.

Here is one of mine.

 

When I wrote this Sticky note I had no idea how we were going to do this. It seemed very far away. Do not worry yet how you will reach your end goal. Did you catch that?  I’ll write it again for you Do not worry yet how you will reach your end goal.

5. Line up your goals on the bottom of your poster board. 

This may seem backward but go with me here. You will see why in a minute. 

 

6. Establish where you are right now

For each of those 5-7 goals you will need to establish where you currently are. This will help you to know where to began and it will help to measure your success. 

In January Laura and I had our blog url. And that is it.  

Line those post-it’s up at the top of your poster board with the correlating end goal at the bottom. All of that space will be filled in with action steps. Like this. 

 

7. Establish your very first action step for each goal. 

You don’t need to know every single step it will take to reach your goal. You just need the next step. This is the process that takes you from where you are to where you want to be. Sometimes when you try to see the whole process it can do two things, feel overwhelming and feel impossible. 

My sister-in-law Sarah put it this way,”You want to get from point A to not point A”. It doesn’t matter how small the steps you take are as long as you are moving in the direction you want to go. 

Write down on a post-it the first step you need to take to reach your goal. To continue with my example I wanted to make a blog header. I knew this would be both easy and rewarding so I chose to start there. 

Place that directly under the corresponding post-it. 

8. Add the next step

For some of the goals the next several steps will be easy to figure out. For each next step create a new post-it. Do not think to hard on this. Only create a next step if it comes quickly and easily to your mind.  

As you complete a next step action item you will create a new next step action that will be placed underneath. This helps you see the progress you are making.

 

9. Hang it where you can look at often.

Mine is in my closet where I can see it as I get ready for the day. By daily reading it I am reminded of where I want to go. 

Be aware of how you feel when you look at your board. Try to celebrate where you are and where you are going. Recognize that life is a journey not a destination. The process can and should be just as rewarding as the end goal. 

10. Celebrate

Find some way to celebrate when you have finished a next step. It can be simple or big. Whatever it is make sure it motivates you. Go out to dinner with friends. Have a piece of cake. Have a dance party in your living room. Whatever it is to a moment to recognize what you have done and how good that feels to be one step closer.

Once your goal is completed an even bigger party is in order. And let that momentum carry into your other goals. I like to leave up my accomplished goals for a little while so I can pay myself on the back so to speak. But when you are ready take down the sticky notes and replace it with a new goal, where you currently are, and next step action items.

Go be awesome! Take time for you and be awesome in whatever it is that drives you.

Make it a crazy good day!!

SUSAN

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