In lieu of the rapidly approaching new year, I have done a sizable amount of reflecting and reading lately about goal setting. A question I’ve been asking myself lately, and the question I pose to you:
Why stifle your heart’s truest desires to fit your current life, when you could spend your efforts revamping your current life to reach your truest dreams?
Read that again.
Maybe even say the above statement out loud. As hokey as it sounds (and if you know me, you know how much I love cheese), stand in front of a mirror and ask yourself this question. Staring at your reflection dead in the eyes not only adds accountability and earnest to this statement, but it’s also a great opportunity to creepily wink at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself, “Self, you and your goals are dead sexy.” Now. Realizing you have vivid, solid goals is a wonderful thing, but random goals floating around in your head are pretty much as useful as a blank map. Or, an iPhone without GPS. Point is,
strategizing these goals for yourself is the necessary ingredient to actualizing your dreams and making them your new reality.
You just have to ask yourself this one question before you begin: Are you ready? Are you ready to bravely welcome in change, stand up for what you want…
Are you ready to flourish?
Listen to me. Did you know that if you write down your goals, you are TEN TIMES more likely to attain them? Brian Tracy, author of No Excuses! told me so. “Writing is called a ‘psycho-neuro-motor activity. The act of writing forces you to choose what is more important to you and your future. As a result, when you write down a goal, you impress it into your subconscious mind, which then goes to work twenty-four hours a day to bring your goal to reality.” Guys. Ten times more likely? That’s a 1000% margin of success. If you were in Vegas and had five thousand dollars to play, which table would you choose: the one with goals written on it, or the one without? I dunno, just a thought. 1000%. Those are some spectacular odds. On top of that, only 3% of adults write down their goals. Let me repeat that: THREE. Can you imagine how far ahead of the game you’d be if you simply, today, took a pen and thoughtfully dictated your goals onto paper? You’d be in the top 97th percentile of successful people just by taking that first step, my friend. Put the list somewhere you can see it every day — on your mirror, the fridge, your dashboard, tattoo it on your ass if it helps (but make sure it reads backwards so you can read it when you stare at your gluteal reflection, unless of course you’re an expert backwards reader). Ask yourself every day in 2014, “Are my choices every day leading me to my best self?” The answer will tell you everything you need to know in order to reassess your life, re-prioritize your time, bravely eliminate the roadblocks, courageously cut out the negative and help you achieve what you absolutely are most deserving of: your very best life.
My wish to you, this final day of 2013, is that you are brave enough to discover not how to merely exist,
but how to FLOURISH.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friends.
Check out these wonderful sites that provide worksheets and goal maps to help you get one step closer to reaching your goals!
And my personal new obsession, Danielle LaPorte: