Do you have goals? Are they big goals? Small goals? Or are you wondering what the point is of goals in the first place? Things are so crazy that maybe you’re just trying to survive!
Wherever you are in your goal-setting journey, here are some things to consider.
Various medical studies have determined the value of a hopeful, positive outlook. Those battling illness survive longer with emotional support and a hopeful, positive outlook than those without such an attitude. Studies show a positive outlook also reduces depression and physical pain. Even how we view our aging affects our wellness. Do we appreciate that aging can bring increased wisdom and experience that is of great value and can be shared with others? Those with that view may find increased strength and energy as opposed to those who have a dismal view of aging.
This is no surprise to those familiar with this ancient proverb: “A heart that is joyful does good as a curer, but a spirit that is stricken makes the bones dry.” Notice that it’s not a cure-all, but it does good as a curer.
Having a helpless, hopeless attitude saps one’s strength. Having a hopeful attitude—one where we can affect change in our life and where we believe we have some control over the outcome—invigorates and provides energy. Again, no surprise to those familiar with another ancient proverb: “Have you shown yourself discouraged in the day of distress? Your power will be scanty.”
Just like helplessness and hopelessness are learned behaviors, so too is optimism a learned way of thinking. How do we do that, exactly? That’s where goals are of great value!
When we set reasonable goals and meet them, it contributes to an optimistic and positive way of thinking. We build a record of setting small goals and reaching them, which reinforces the neural pathways of the brain toward positive thinking.
Here are some quick tips:
- Try to start with just one small goal.
- If you have a larger goal, break it down into tiny stepping-stone goals towards the larger goal.
- Identify practical ways to reach your goal.
- Create a small spiritual, physical, personal, or business goal, and then track your progress.
- If it’s a daily goal, like a new habit, make a little grid or use your calendar to track. You’ll visibly see your progress. I have a habit tracker in the daily planner I designed and love it for establishing new habits. Here’s where you can find it on Amazon.
- Attach new behaviors to established ones.
If you’d like to learn more about powerful ways to support goals: Message Me and let me know you're interested in talking more about your goals.
If you really want to amplify your goal-setting, attend the upcoming four-week goal-setting workshop held on four consecutive Wednesdays. You’ll receive indefinite access to the replays and tools, a private chat, and 1:1 session discounts. Register here to stay in the loop: Workshop Waitlist
Using the methods I share in the workshop, clients set and meet every single goal, and they experience permanent, ongoing change. I combined several different techniques and personally discovered contentment is tied to setting and achieving goals.
You don't want to miss this upcoming workshop series!
Proverbs 17:22 and 24:10 for reference
Bonus Video from the Archives...
* Verse referenced in the video is Galatians 6:4 - also note this year workshop will start on January 4 for our 2023 workshop series running for 4 consecutive Wednesdays. Register here so you're on the waitlist and in the loop to attend live or get the replay
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