Do you tend to begin the year with some resolutions, some great ideas or some things in your mind you want to achieve and before you know it it’s June? Time can go by so fast and without something to aim for and focus on, we can forget to work on the things we want to be different in life, family or work.
Have a go at the following exercise. It will help you to think about the future in a way that enables you to create it rather than let it happen to you.
Brainstorm or Mind Map
Think about where you want to be in 12 months’ time? What do you want to be different in December 2016 and how? Think about this for yourself, your, work, family, community? The list goes on. Brainstorm on a piece of paper everything that you think of.
Now choose up to three the things on your piece of paper that are achievable and really compelling to you
For each of the things you have chosen think about the purpose that you want it – what will it give you and what will it be like if you don’t achieve it?
Now for each go through the following process:
Imagine you have achieved the things you want. Get a pen and some paper or your journal and write down the answers to the following questions – write the first thing that comes into your head for each of the questions.
Remember to use positive language and write what you want rather than what you don’t want.
Where are you?
What and who do you see around you?
How do you look?
How do you feel?
What are you doing?
What are other people saying to you?
What do you want to be telling yourself?
How have you failed and what did you learn?
What have you achieved and how?
How have you celebrated your successes?’
Now you have your answers, close your eyes and create a picture in your mind how it will be for you in December 2016. Make sure it is a beautiful, vibrant and exciting picture of what this future looks like for you. Choose colours that increase the feelings you want to feel, make it moving or still, framed or unframed as you need, to increase those feelings. See yourself wearing the clothes, doing the things you want to do, hear the sounds associated, smell the smells, immerse yourself into the compelling and exciting future that will be yours – feel the excitement and satisfaction of achieving your goal.
Now go back and write a description of each of your goals that is SMART – that is
Specific: what exactly will you achieve
Measurable: how will you know you have achieved it
Attractive: do a check to make sure it is compelling for you
Realistic: is it possible to achieve within the timeframe. If not, break it down into smaller goals
Timed: make sure you put the date including the year by when you will achieve it.
Now tell at least one person what you are aiming for. Choose someone who will check in with you and ask them to do just that.
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