Awesome Action – Set a Goal!

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A few weeks ago I introduced the concept of creating a vision board, which is a simple yet powerful visualization tool representing the things you want to have, be or do in your life.  It supports the idea of designing your life with a future-view.  However, a vision without any action, ends up being a dream, a hope or a wish.

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The best way to initiate action in your life is to set a goal.

Living life without goals is like going on a road trip and having NO idea where you are headed.  Think about it….have you ever done that, literally get in your car and start driving without an end point in mind?  I haven’t!

It’s essential to have a destination, both for a road trip and in life, because it gives you direction.  Without a goal (or destination), you will wander (or drive) aimlessly.  If you know where you want to go, then you can chart a route to get there.

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The initial difference between a goal and a desire, hope, dream or wish, is the language we use.  When stating a goal, it is imperative to speak with ownership and to clearly and specifically describe the intended end result.

A goal must be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.

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“I want to lose some weight”  is not a goal, it is a desire or wish.  It is vague, there is no way to measure some weight, and without a deadline, this wish will fall into the abyss of inaction.

“I WILL lose 15 pounds by December 15th” is a powerful declaration and an example of a goal that is specific, measurable, realistic, and has a set timeline.

You can establish goals for any area of your life; health and fitness, relationships, career, home, travel, and hobbies, just to name a few.  A goal can be relatively simple and set for the short term, or it can be a huge stretch and intended to be a long term goal.  For example, you could have a goal to power wash your deck by the end of this weekend, or to climb Mount Everest by 2016.

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PRACTICE RANDOM ACTS OF AWESOMENESS

Today’s awesome action is to SET A GOAL!  If you are a newbie to goal setting, you can keep it simple and manageable.  Perhaps set a goal to achieve something you are fully capable of accomplishing, but you just need a little nudge to get it done!  If you are an experienced goal setter or really want to challenge yourself, you can play big and set the kind of goal that makes your palms sweat and your heart skip a beat!  Either way, the most important part is that you PLAY!  Remember, awesome actions are intended to get YOU in action, long after you’ve finished reading.

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This is the part of OUR journey together that I love most…..because I get to play along too!

Although I’m a very organized and structured person, I’ve found that as I continue to develop and express the more creative sides of my personality, I’m letting the ‘type A’ control freak organizer in me slip away a bit.  That’s not such a bad thing….except the tupperware cabinet and my office have turned into spaces of total and complete chaos!

Don’t believe me?  A picture is worth a thousand words……

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I know the disorganization has become dysfunctional when stacks of plastic and piles of paper come crashing down on me as I search for that single item I need, but can’t find!  Honestly, I’ve been waiting for the tupperware fairy to arrive in the middle of the night and surprise me.  But that clearly isn’t happening.  So I’m going to set a goal…..

I will sort through, purge and reorganize my tupperware cabinet by Sunday, October 6th  at 6:00 pm, and my office by Sunday, November 3rd at 6:00 pm.

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Setting a goal, in and of itself, doesn’t mean we will miraculously achieve it.  There are a few key elements that can support us on our journey to reaching a goal.

1.  Write – Get your goal out of your head and down on paper.  Write or record your goal somewhere that you can see it and be reminded of it, so it doesn’t slip through the cracks.

2.  Share – Tell someone (or many people) what your goal is.  When you share it, you make it real.  You’ve also made yourself more accountable because someone else knows what you said you were going to do.

3.  Plan – The size and depth of the plan varies depending on how complicated or long term the goal is.  Creating a plan to reach your goal is just like mapping a route to reach your destination.  The plan breaks the goal down into the steps needed to get from here to there.

I just added sort tupperware cabinet to my google task list, time blocked it for Sunday morning, and texted my family to let them know this was my goal for the weekend.  I’ll be making a similar plan to tackle the overwhelming project of not just cleaning and sorting my office, but really purging and reorganizing every folder, file, drawer and cabinet!

 

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I have goals for everything from crossfit, to writing, cooking, and family time.  I have goals for this week, this month, this year, as well as 5 years from now.  I have little goals, and big time scary, I don’t know how I’ll achieve them goals.

Remember….a goal is simply a way to initiate action, in order to fulfill your visions for your life!

You can sit and think about it, or you can get into action and do something!

with Joy & Gratitude,

One Word Wednesday

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One of my all time favorite books is One Word that will change your life by Jon Gordon.  This book is so simple, yet one of the most profoundly powerful books I’ve encountered.

“Every New Year, 87% of adults (more than 206 million people) create new goals and resolutions, only to experience the same frustrating results;  false starts and failure.  In fact, 50% of resolution makers will fail by the end of January!  While these resolutions are meant to be good and well intentioned solutions, unfortunately they are built on a flawed foundation of more effort, willpower, and goal setting.  We set “to do” goals instead of “to be” goals.  Success is measured by what we accomplish instead of who we become.” – from One Word  – by Jon Gordon

The original intention of the book was to start a new year with your “one word“, but this concept can be applied to your life at any time of the year!

The premise of this book is that “by embracing, owning, and living a single word for 365 days, our lives will change.  The simplicity of living from one word creates clarity, power and passion.  Instead of being weighed down with unrealistic resolutions and unmet goals, One Word provides a whole new perspective on how we approach our year, it frees us up and gives us renewed purpose and meaning.” – from One Word by Jon Gordon

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My word for 2013 is  JOY.  The word joy has taken on a depth of meaning for me unlike ever before.  For the first time in my life I truly understand, feel, experience, live, and share joy!  Joy is who I am being this year, not what I am doing.  I’m so grateful for this book and the way it has impacted my life.

Through this process, I have also found great value in choosing one word  for a specific situation, event or time period in my life.

Now is one of those times!

With the boys going back to school in just 6 days, I’m feeling anxious and frustrated by how quickly the summer has passed, and how little time we have left before school starts.  There is so much we didn’t get to DO as part of our summer fun, and so much that we need to DO in preparation for the first day of school.

I’ve lived the power, grace and beauty of one word.  So I’m choosing to live one word for this next week – one word that will determine who I will BE amidst all this doing.  I will be PRESENT!

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My goal is to be PRESENT – in the moment, fully living, experiencing and soaking up the final days of summer.

Whether we are folding towels, playing cribbage, jumping the ocean waves, cleaning up dinner, riding bikes, shopping for school supplies or doing CrossFit together….I will be PRESENT in the moment and grateful for the time and the relationship I have with my boys.

Who do you want to BE?

The One Word choices are endless!

calm * powerful * healthy * purposeful * thankful * confident *

playful * patient * courageous * love * faith * journey * trust

Don’t over think or worry about your word choice.  Just give yourself a few minutes to think about the question “Who do you want to BE?”, and listen for the word that comes to you.  It will fit like a good pair of jeans, and you’ll know  it is the word for you.

I’d LOVE to hear what word you choose and how your day / week unfolds,  living from that word, being that word.

DISCLAIMER – I’m not a paid representative for Jon Gordon or his company.  I’m just a huge fan who has been positively impacted by both his spoken and written word, and I love sharing his messages.

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To connect with Jon Gordon:

Jon Gordon’s blog

Jon Gordon on Facebook

“One Word that will change your life” on Amazon.com

with Joy & Gratitude,