The Art of Goal Setting – I can do it.

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Goal setting turns a wish into a pathway to ‘making it happen’.  With a clear focus of what you want to achieve, goals can help you structure time, activity and energy getting to where you want to be.

There are many different techniques on goal setting out there, but the fundamentals are largely the same based on the principles of why it is good to set ourselves goals.

The Principles of Goal Setting:

  1. Think about the big goals that you want to achieve
  2. Set a date for when you are going to achieve them

3. Plan in detail what it is you have to do to achieve these goals and what you must give up or avoid

4. Break the big goals down into smaller milestones – reward yourself for each milestone achieved to keep yourself motivated

5. Keep your goals written down and somewhere prominent – this way you can see them at all times and this will avoid the ‘New Years Resolution’ trap

6. RECORD the progress at each milestone so you can really map the journey!

7. Share your goals with someone – this helps to keep you accountable in reaching your next milestones when things are tough and will also help you to stay motivated towards overcoming the challenges along the way

These tips are great principles to follow when starting the process of goal-setting.  Achieving goals are an awesome way to boost our self-confidence, sense of self-worth and our overall mental wellbeing.

However, there are two final important pieces of advice:

  • Firstly, make the goals relevant and meaningful to you – don’t get pulled into other people’s goals because this is about you achieving what you want in life
  • Secondly, accept that goals change – life changes, so review goals periodically to make sure they are still helping you to achieve what you want and need, in order to step towards a happier, fulfilled you!

Why don’t you make you CAN’T a CAN today?

Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment” Thomas Carlyle.


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