It’s the start of a new year and everyone is looking at today as a fresh start even though half of the population is waking up hungover (no judgement just fact). The truth is, you don’t need a new year to make a change or to turn things around, everyday you wake up can be the day that you finally decide to make a positive shift in your life. One of my favourite things to do is to goal set and this is a thorough goal set where I dig deep into what I want to achieve and I map out a plan to get there. Recently I’ve started to make a “goal map” for the whole year and then a separate goal map for each month, breaking goals down into small steps makes it more attainable and less overwhelming.
What the Fuck is a Goal Map?
A goal map is a diagram with one main goal as a focus and smaller goals connected to it, each goal branches into another goal or ways to achieve the main goal. A goal map will generally look something like this:
Identify the Main Goal
First, you need to identify the big picture goal, you may want to say lose 20lbs but what is the reason behind wanting to lose that weight? Maybe it’s because you want to be healthier over all or maybe it’s because you want to feel confident again. For this example I’m going to use “be healthier” as the main goal. Write your main goal down in the middle of the page and let the ideas flow.
Start to identify what your main goal means to you, what does healthy look like? What does being healthy mean to you? This is where you can start to create a plan to achieve the main goal.
Start to branch off from the smaller goals, you can set a time line, maybe you want to lose 20lbs in 4 months – break that into a smaller goal of losing 5lbs per month. You may lose more than the 5lbs in a month but you want to be realistic.
Try and get as specific as possible when making a plan. If you want to lose 20lbs you will have to measure it using a scale, but if you don’t believe in scales then you could say “clothes fitting better” or “lose inches off midsection”.
Start to branch off into other goals, losing weight is great goal but what else do you want to be able to achieve? Maybe you want to be able to run a 5k in 6 months, get specific (more specific then my diagram), how are you going to achieve this? Try adding in running intervals 3x per week, keep branching until you get more and more specific and you have created a little plan for yourself.
Your goals should specific to you, get personal, dig deep into the reasons why you want to achieve your goals it will help you stay motivated.
Create a Vision Board
I am a firm believer in vision boards, you can find my tips for creating a kick ass vision board here: How to Visualize Success. I love finding images that motivate me to achieve my goals. Vision boards go great with goal maps and they help further motivate you to achieve your own goals.
Whether your a New Years Resolutioner or you find this post three months from now, I wish you all success on your journey.