Goal Setting (and the effective way to do it!)

This is an article that was originally published on my other blog, Filipina Expat. I’m re-posting an updated version for you guys.

For us to succeed, we can’t just rely on being positive, praying and hoping for the best. Action is required too. And this post hopefully will give you an idea on how to properly set your goals. We are half-way through the year so this is the best time to review what we have set in January. Did you start that thing you said you will do? Have you made any progress? Should you amend your goal because of some changes in your life circumstances?

If you just stumbled this post today and realized that you have not set any goals yet for this year (or the goals you set earlier are not applicable anymore), then read on. I will share with you some practical steps to create goals effectively and ensure that you’ll achieve them.

 

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Goal setting is not just saying ‘I want to be rich this year’ because that is so vague. How do you define rich?
You can’t just say ‘Lose weight’ because again that’s not very clear. You might lose 100 grams but will you be happy with that?

Goal setting is more than just declaring what you want and writing it on a piece of paper. It’s not something that you set one time and just hope for the best that it will come true. Yes, being positive helps but taking lots of inspired actions will speed-up the process.

So let me share with you how to write goals and use the power of manifesting to make it happen.

First: Get a nice notebook.

Buy any notebook you fancy. You can even make one from your old unused papers if you’re that type of girl. Remember that your notebook will be your buddy so select something that’s really reflects your personality, desire and dreams. You know what’s better? Declare a ‘I’ll buy my notebook today’ day! Make it a big deal.

Did you know that statistics show people who write down their goals have over an 80% higher success rate of achieving them? So write it down folks!!!

I love notebooks! I have a notebook for my nail salon business where I write all my ideas about marketing, finance, and  anything and everything I can think of about SLIAN NAILS. Then I have another notebook for travel. And then another notebook for expenses.

The most precious of them all though is my FAITH notebook that serves as my journal where I write my thoughts about God, giving thanks to Him, keep on reminding myself to have faith. This is where I write down my goals, my dreams, my crazy ideas and sometimes my frustrations too. I bring this with me everyday.

So again, first step is to find a nice notebook that is sturdy and has enough pages so you can write on it for a longer period of time.

Second: Find a peaceful place

When writing your goals, find a quiet place to do it. You don’t want to be disrupted by kids, by television or radio. Ideally, you should be in a well-lit room, tidy or clutter free and make sure you’re comfortable. You will need at least minimum 30 minutes to do this exercise so tell the people in your household not to bother you during this time.

Third: The fun part – write it all down

Now start writing all your dreams and goals in life. This is not the time to be embarrassed, feel shy or guilty on writing what you truly want. Just let go of shame and guilt when writing down your goals.

List down everything you would like to achieve in life. EVERYTHING. Again, no shame, no guilt. No one is there to judge you. You’re just writing it on a piece of paper. It’s not like all your goals will be used against you by God or by society. No one will see if you don’t want it to be seen.

And one important step on this process, while writing your goal one by one, is to let the positivity flow around your body. Let your body feel the positive energy as you write each and every line. For sure, when writing these goals, you will feel  happy and elated. Just thinking of achieving your dreams brings this positive high.

For example, you can write “I will pay off my loan of 30,000 before the end of this year”. And as you write that goal down, just let the happiness of finally finishing the loan consumes your body. Imagine the feeling of being debt-free. You will definitely smile and feel grateful. And as you write each goal, just continue these positive thoughts.

Most important part of the process – Believe that it’s possible for you. Because no matter how great your goal is, if you don’t believe it will happen, then it will never materialized in the physical world.

If you write down ‘pay off 30,000 pesos debt by end of the year’ but at the back of your mind you entertain negative thoughts that it will be difficult due to various reasons like your salary is not enough, or your expenses this year is increasing then you can expect that the Universe will also not believe you will achieve it.

You can achieve what you can perceive.

Fourth: Lights. Camera. ACTION!

As I said, being a Virgo, I am practical and I want action.

You are now elated and truly believe that each and every goal you set will definitely materialize. You believe that God will give it to you. That Universe will follow all your commands.

But you know what? YOU have to take action.

Let you and the Universe meet half way. We can’t just lie down and wait for the apple to fall from the tree. To eat that apple, we have to raise our arm, reach out for the apple, take it and put it inside our mouth.

Going back to our example – So you have this goal of paying your 30k debt before the year ends. You believe that it’s possible for you to pay it off. It doesn’t matter if your income right now is just enough to pay for your daily expenses and there’s nothing extra left. You trust and have faith that God will make it happen for you. That’s a very good mindset.

Now, do your part.

This is your action part – while keeping in mind your goal, find ways to lessen your daily and monthly expenses. Replace your meals with cheaper but healthier options like fish and vegetables. Avoid eating out. And while doing it, don’t tell yourself ‘Oh I’m poor, I don’t have money that’s why we’re just eating vegetables nowadays’. Replace that poor mindset with positive one like ‘I’m glad I can afford to buy these vegetables. What a good way to take care of myself’.

Another action plan from your side is find ways to earn extra money like selling your old stuff. That pants or shoes that has been lying on your closet for years might be a gem for someone else. So post it on Facebook and tell your friends you’re selling your old stuff.

You know, these actions is like telling the Universe that “Hey, I am doing my part. I really like to settle my debt before the year ends so Universe you better do your part”.

Before you know it, little by little, money will start to show up in obvious and subtle way.

In case you decide to sell all your old clothes, you’ll be surprised that it was sold out in just a few days after putting it online.

Some part time job will come your way for that extra income.

Or you someone will treat you out saving you some money for lunch or dinner.

Acknowledge even these small things coming your way. And thank God for everything. Before you know it, you already paid off your debt.

Because of your faith AND your action, your goal became a reality.

 

Fifth: Track your progress

You might have thought that going after your goal is as straight as going from Point A to Point B. How I wish! But we know life doesn’t work that way. In reality, life is pulling you from all directions and you might experience delays, resistance, procrastination and issues that will prevent us from having that straightforward, direct to the point journey.

This is when keeping a track of your progress is importance. Are you really inching forward to your goal? What have you completed? What are the issues you are experiencing and how to resolve them? You can keep track of your goals by revisiting them every week, every month, or daily if that’s how you want it.

Let me share with you the mindset I practice whenever I’m working on a project:

“Lyn Joy, you are the kind of employee who will do everything and anything to finish the task given to you – efficiently and excellently. Why can’t you practice the same drive in your own life goals?”

This realization will immediately joggles me and I will snap from whatever lazy mode I’m in – because it’s true. How come we do so much for so many people as an employee, a mother, a daughter, a friend, a wife, and yet we don’t prioritize ourselves and our dreams. We, the Wealthy Pinays, are here to make a difference to our family and community. Be the role model you want to be.

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So to summarize, for effective goal-setting, do these steps:

* Write your goals in a quiet, peaceful place.

* When writing it, don’t feel any shame or guilt. Don’t be embarrassed that your goal is so materialistic or senseless. This is your life. This is what you want. Just write it down.

* Next step, feel the joy of accomplishing these goals. Let the positive energy flow inside your body. Just smile and feel positive as you write and read your goals.

* Then one of the most important step, believe it is possible for you. If you can’t believe that your goal is possible then it won’t happen. Period.

* Now after doing all these internal work, think of ways you can meet the Universe half way. What action steps you can do to achieve your goal then do it. Make an effort. Follow up your goal with actions.

* Keep a track of your achievements and bumps along the way. Make sure that you are inching toward your goal. The last thing we do is to stop or be stagnant.

* And lastly, be prepared to receive. Accept everything, big or small as a blessing and be thankful. GRATITUDE. That’s your most powerful tool. Be thankful.

 

Live The Life and Business You Have Imagined!

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