Whether you refer to them as intentions, goals or something else, it’s important to set them properly so that you put yourself in a position of success, not failure.
Goals are a set of consistent sprints, they’re not a marathon.
I’m not a believer in drastic changes (other than my hair). I don’t believe they work in the medium-long term. In fact, most of the time, you can end up in a worse position than when you started if you make drastic health changes.
So start small. Form a good habit and build on it. Always find a way to make it fun 🙂
Three steps to setting goals
1. Achievements over the year
- Write everything down from the year, no matter how ‘small’ or ‘big’ you feel they are
- If it helps, do a mental check month by month
- Did you go anywhere, to an event, start something new, finish something, did you move through an emotional block, did you explore a deeper side to something or to yourself in general, did you go on retreat, push yourself out of your comfort zone
2. What worked this year?
- What supported your growth?
- What helped you become stronger?
- What helped soften you, so you could share your vulnerabilities?
- What made you courageous?
- What positive health decisions did you make?
3. What didn’t work this year?
- Where did you create your own blocks?
- What decisions did you make to that enabled you to stay where you are, rather than growing and achieving your goals?
- Where did you shy away from your power? Where did you shy away from becoming the person you know you can be? What opportunities did you allow to slip past?
Most importantly, set your goals or intentions from a place of gratitude.
That way, you are not coming from a place of fear or comparison or feeling like there’s external pressure for you to have achieved a set list of things by this stage in your life.
Once you set your goals, it’s really important to set yourself up for success.
In other words, what are the practical action steps you can be doing each day, week and/or month to put you in the best position to achieve these goals?
For example, if you have a money goal, start putting money aside each pay day. Even if it’s 1 cent initially, to form the habit. Every cent counts and it’s the intention and habit of doing so. Work out what you’re capable of putting aside as a minimum and go from there.
To give you a health-related example, it might be that you have a goal around fitness. So, you decide that the best way is if you join a gym. Great! Having a gym membership isn’t going to make you fit (trust me, I’ve tried!).
Perhaps, you start with one morning per week that you schedule in to go to the gym for 15 minutes. If 15 minutes is all you can do, great! Do that.
Once you feel comfortable getting yourself to the gym, you realise nobody is looking at you because they’re all too busy either focusing on what they’re doing there or they’re wondering if anybody is looking at them!
From this point, you may like to increase the number of days you’re there. Or you decide to stay longer than 15 minutes. You may get up earlier, to make this happen.
Slowly over time, you will start to notice your body change. Not only that, you will reap other rewards, like more energy, perhaps your mood shifts, your lifestyle improves.
Remember though, set your goals or intentions from a place of gratitude.
If you can already feel that you have blocks around your goals/intentions, book in a Kinesiology session and let’s move through them so that you are moving freely and confidently towards achieving your goals/intentions.