I’m no stranger to goal setting and planning. In fact, I’m a self-proclaimed plan-aholic. I have tried nearly every planner system. I have read dozens and dozens of books on goal setting and motivation. I’m not an expert by any means, but I have learned a few things that really work.
There’s a reason why less than 10% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. It’s not because we all lack motivation or determination. It’s because our goals aren’t specific enough and frankly, they’re the wrong kind of goals.
Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to save money? Why do you want to quit doing x, y, z? It’s not the simple act of changing that we’re after. We want the feeling the change will bring to our lives.
We want to feel more confident. We want to feel secure. We want to feel powerful, accomplished, energized, or focused.
I typically make a list of all the accomplishments I’d like to make and then I ask myself how those accomplishments will make me feel. Those become my words for the year. I write them everywhere. I make them my background on my phone. I meditate on these words. They become the filter for which I make daily and important decisions. Will this make me feel soulful? Playful? Festive? How do I feel these things today? What can I do?
Creating these power words is my secret to crushing your goals for the year.
Let me know in the comments what your words are!