“Your dreams become goals when you write them down”
Last week I discussed the importance of taking some time to reflect on your motivation for setting a goal. In case you missed it, you can read and download the exercises here: how-to-set-and-achieve-your-dreams-and-goals-part-2.html
Now let’s dive into how to set and actually achieving your goals.
It is important to set goals that are inspiring and motivating to you whilst also making you feel stretched. Meaning, the goals you set should feel challenging, yet achievable. If you set goals that do not feel challenging or do not inspire you, the chances are that you will not follow through with trying to reach your them. If you think about it, why would you dedicate time and effort towards something that is not that inspiring?
In my own pursuit to implement goals, I initially tried to apply the goal setting strategies that I had been taught throughout my career and education; however, I found that the various acronyms and strategies that I had been taught didn’t work for me. I felt the strategies were missing a key element – dealing with potential obstacles.
Most goal setting acronyms and processes state that:
Whilst I agree these approaches are key, in my opinion they fail to cover how to overcome potential obstacles that undoubtedly will arise whilst pursing a new goal, and speaking from my own experience, once an obstacle comes along, it’s easy to cease pursing the goal. Through much trial and error, I realized that I was much more likely to reach my goal by anticipating potential obstacles and planning for them rather than pretending that there weren’t any hurdles that could prevent me from reaching my target.
I therefore created my own goal acronym:
Below is a detailed explanation of the iTopia acronym:
Review the example to see how in practical terms the iTopia acronym can be used to develop a new goal:
Now use the iTopia acronym to build out your goal(s) by downloading and completing the attached exercises.
Check back in next week to learn how to Monitor progress & celebrating success.