It is nearly 2011, a new year and a new beginning for us all. But what do we want to achieve in 2011 and why is it important to us?
Most people set New Year resolutions – resolutions which are determined by a sense of of duty or inadequacy: stop biting my nails, stop smoking, stop eating chocolate, start going to the gym, lose weight etc. These are all worthy things to be doing, but I would argue that until we fully understand why we want to achieve them, in context with the rest of our lives, and until they become a positive aspiration rather than a negative sense of duty of inadequacy, then are we doomed to fail?
There is another way though. We can look forward to 2011 with an inspirational goal defined in positive terms. An inspirational goal ensures that we have an emotional connection to our future and a powerful motivation to achieve it. We understand why it is important to us and know that is unique to us. So how do we go about creating such a goal – an inspirational goal?
First we need to spend some time analysing and understanding what is going on in our lives right now. It is important that we do this in a holistic way. It is very easy to focus on a particular area of our lives which is causing frustration, but by doing this we may only be seeing half the picture. A great way of seeing the whole picture is by using a wheel of life. Draw a wheel, split it into 8 segments, with the following headings (or download one from the bottom of our resource page, wheel of life):
- health & wellbeing
- personal growth
- fun & leisure
Then give yourself a rating out of ten for how satisfied you are in each area. Once you have done this you can work out which area/areas you are least satisfied in. Ask yourself how this area is affecting other parts of your life and what makes this important to you.
You are ready to set an inspirational goal, a goal which moves past the issues you are currently facing. Close your eyes, do some breathing and relax. Ask yourself where you would be if all barriers were removed. Look 6 months into the future. Place yourself in that future. Where are you? What are you doing? Who is with you? What can you hear? What are you feeling? Visualise your future reality in as much detail as you can. Use all your senses.
When you have a clear picture of where you are going, think of a caption or strapline for the picture. It can be a metaphor or a description of your feelings. Either way it needs to capture the important elements of your visualisation in a short sentence. Make it a positive statement in the present tense. This strapline is your goal. It will remind you of your imagined future and inspire you to move towards it. You will understand what makes it important and why it is unique to you. Examples might include: “I am on top of the world”, “feel the breeze”, “we are walking in the parade”, “I have a spring in my step”.
Write down your inspirational goal and look at it regularly. Take yourself back into your imagination and make your visual as clear as possible. Maybe create a scrapbook or drawing , which captures it more clearly. The more real you can make it, the more you will build motivation and naturally look for opportunities to achieve it.
If you would like further help in creating an inspirational goal or support and guidance to achieve your goal, then book one to one coaching with us or come on our Make a Change workshop.
Look forward to an inspirational year ahead!