Well, I have finally completed writing my goals for the new year. I feel like I have been doing the research on these goals for months, figuring out what is most important to me, where I want my life to be heading, and what keeps getting in my way.
When I finally sat down to write the goals out, the process was actually very quick. 12 focused, clear and achievable goals for 2016.
Will they be easy? Absolutely not.
Am I slightly scared? Most definitely.
These goals push me to get to know that future version of myself – the one who accomplishes things, commits and follows through. The one who doesn’t make excuses or shows up late. We had a interesting little chat, the two of us, during the goal writing process. She resembles me and yet, walks taller. She speaks up more often, laughs more deeply and evokes a stronger sense of self-confidence. She knows what she is talking about. She is convincing. She makes stuff happen. She is focused. And I want to be her!
As I mentioned in Goals. Part 1, I spent time with these questions to help really honor that future version of myself that I am aspiring to become. Here is 1 of my 12 goals.
Participate in a highly acclaimed life coach training program in the first half of 2016.
Why is this goal important to me?
To expand my coaching knowledge base and skill set – to be able to effectively help more women achieve their desired style of living.
How will I feel when I have achieved it?
Immensely proud. More confident in my abilities. More experienced. More expansive and open to new ideas. More connected to others in this industry.
Who will I be after I have accomplished this goal?
A coach who has trained with one of the top master coaches in this field. A coach who is able to better serve her future clients. A woman who is able reach her financial goals to provide a freedom-based lifestyle for herself and her daughter.
What will I be capable of after I have achieved this goal?
Specializing in my field. Creating incredible coaching programs. Networking with other coaches. Reaching my full potential.
What do I need to think about myself in order to make accomplishing this goal possible?
I am capable. I am qualified. I deserve a seat at the table. I have a lot to offer. I can receive feedback about my coaching and not make it mean something negative about me or my abilities.
What am I willing to do each month, each week and each day to stay committed to this goal?
Do the homework. Show up on time. Get rest, eat well, exercise, limit wine, and take exceptional care of myself during intensive training periods. Be open to learning new things. Implement feedback and suggestions on how to improve and grow.
What am I willing to give up in order to support achieving this goal?
Procrastinating and not waiting until the last minute to do the work. Fear of speaking up in groups when I don’t know anyone. Using “I don’t know how” or “leaning new technology is so hard” as excuses.
Who will support me if I struggle to maintain focus on this goal?
My best friend, Kirstin. She know what this means to me. She knows what I have done to make this goal a reality for 2016. She knows that I do not want to fall short.
What I love about these questions, is that they help prove that I am already committed to my own success. I am already connected to how I will feel when I have accomplished the goal. I know what my distractions will be, so I can deal with them, when they come up and yes, they will come up. But, I have my own back on this goal from the very beginning. I also have a buddy in place when I need a little extra encouragement. I understand my investment and what success will feel like. This is what will motivate me, day after day and move me closer to becoming that future self that I admire so much.