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5 Steps for Living Intentionally with Goal Setting

goal setting plan your life Nov 15, 2022

Ever feel like you’re just drifting through life, with no concrete goals in mind? You’re just flying by the seat of your pants, day by day, living minute by minute?

You’re going from one seemingly meaningless task to another. Or running from here to there but really feeling like you’re going nowhere. Your planner is growing cobwebs and your pens have dried up from lack of use. 

Here’s the thing. Sometimes we get so caught up doing the little things that need to be done each day that we either run out of time, ambition or energy to set our goals and plan out our days and, most importantly, our big dreams! 

I’m here to tell you that it’s okay when that happens. Because, you know what? It happens to the best of us. And that means you!!

It happens in our personal lives and our work lives. The thing is to recognize it and make a conscious choice to get back on track.

So, if you’ve feeling this same way, here are 5 steps to get you back to goal setting and living life intentionally. 


1) Start by dreaming big

In order to decide what your goals will be, you need to start dreaming. Find a quiet spot and write down all the goals and dreams that are on your mind. No matter how big or small. Dream big and don’t filter your thoughts. Just write. 


2) Choose just one thing

You'll find that writing down all your goals and dreams can have you feeling ambitious and excited to move forward. But don't fall in the trap of wanting to accomplish too much.

Choosing 4 or 5 goals to work on might seem doable when you're in the excited phase, but doing this will not take you out of overwhelm. 

Having that many goals and plans on the go, on top of your day-to-day tasks, will not help you get out of feeling this way.

So to start off, choose just one goal. Just one!

I know that it doesn’t seem like a lot and that there are many things you want to pursue, but getting the ball rolling with just one goal is much more efficient than feeling overwhelmed by a whole bunch of to-dos.

You’ll feel much more accomplished when you can see yourself make progress on one goal and you’ll be excited to finish it so you can move on to another. 


3) Choose a target date

Start the process by choosing when you would like to accomplish your goal by. Knowing this will help you stay on track and recognize when you need to make adjustments to your plan.


4) Break it down

Once you’ve decided on your goal, break it down into baby steps. This is super important because if you look at your goal as a whole, that alone can create a feeling of overwhelm and keep you from wanting to move forward. Especially if it's a big one!

For instance, if your goal is to declutter your home, the sheer thought of doing that can make you want to pull the covers back over your head. 

But if you break it down into baby steps, such as “clean out the junk drawer” and “go through book collection” it will feel so much more doable.

Once you have your baby steps written down, you can add them to your planner as you see fit. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get something done when you had planned on it. Just keep moving forward and you will get there. 


5) Reward yourself

Once you’ve achieved your goal, remember to reward yourself, preferably with some self-care. This is super important because you worked hard to reach your goal and you should recognize this and celebrate.


It's okay to switch paths

Remember as you get back to goal setting and goal achieving, that it’s okay to change paths. If another goal becomes more pressing to you, choose that one. Nothing is set in stone. 

And if your present goal is at a standstill, feel free to choose another and begin to work on that. Just stay aware of the feelings of overwhelm that come up and change things up if need be. 


Now what?

Setting goals and working towards achieving them is all fine and good, but remember that you don't have to do it alone. 

Find yourself an accountability partner. Someone who will gently push you to achieve your goal, but will also support you as you move forward.

What is it you like best about goal setting? Let me know in the comments! 

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