Do you remember all the big dreams you had when you were younger? The exciting dreams that made growing up something you could barely wait too do? When I think about this, I do not seem to recall any dream? Why is that I ask myself over and over again?
I have come to terms with the reason for this is because for the majority of my life I have been trying to be “something” to “somebody”. It was not until much later in life, my 50’s, that I came into myself. It is now that I am being “me” for “me”. So for me to answer this question, I only have to go back a few years, and the goal I look forward to is a healthy retirement. I saw my parents do it, and now that is my goal. I want to get rid of all the stuff that clutters my house, get rid of the house
I want to travel the country, go to Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, spend an afternoon in Central Park, gaze upon the White House for hours, camp in the mountains and swim every sea. I want to be healthy enough to do these things and I want to have sufficient funds. My lifestyle will be as simple as it need be with the funds available and I will want for nothing. I will have my health and I will travel the country in a fifth wheel and a pick-up truck with my husband and dogs by my side. That is my goal.
What a simple term; “Goal Setting” but this little term can mean so much in how accomplished we feel about ourselves. If we set goals too small, there really isn’t much to celebrate; too big and we may never reach them; setting ourselves up for disappointment. The key is to set step goals; just outside our comfort zone to feel accomplishment but not trying to leap too far too fast that we fail and give up.
Where are you in your life goal? Do you remember the goals you had as a child? Did your goals come to you later in life? Are you willing to fight for your goals?
I took a 12 month course on Health Coach training a few years back, and it was the first time I heard the term S.M.A.R.T. goals. At first it was difficult and it took several tries to really figure out how to do this. So be patient with it, but give it a try. First go get your self a fresh pad of paper; no doodles, no ripped sheets; START FRESH!
Ready to write your future? This is actually the easy part. You knew about goal setting before, how to make a list of what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. The difficult part has been the process we have gone through to get HERE. We have talked enough! Now we will get to it; The S.M.A.R.T. way.
Write a list of goals you want to accomplish in:
- Your Business
- Your Finances
- Your Physical
- Your Mental
- Your Family
- Your Relationship
- Your Spiritual
- Your Lifestyle
Now list your top 10
Now narrow it down to the top 3
Look at those three goals and complete the S.M.A.R.T. Test – Are they Specific. Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Sensitive?
How did you do?
Remember this is a living document, always open for change as your life changes and as you grow and reach goals you set.
The Coach in Coach Celia is for Life, Fitness and Health.