How I am Preparing for 2016: The Importance of Goal Setting

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I think, goal making requires our conscious decision of what it is that we want to achieve –  a change in our behavior? Improving our quality of life? Whatever is the reason, the truth is that small and realistic goals are easy to achieve, and they are often measurable. Our goal don’t have to be vague. The simpler it is, the better.

But why writing our goal is such an important practice? Because writing thoughts down on a paper creates a sense of awareness into our minds, and it puts it into perspective for us.

 Here’s my short-term goals for 2016. Also, sharing them here will help me achieve my goals, and I can hold myself accountable for it.

…some food for thought:

1. To start my day early & be more productive
I am not a morning person, but I always wanted to be one. And, so the goal for me is to hopefully turn into one– why is that important? Well, because it is. I can dedicate a whole new post about the benefits of waking up early, so I’ll leave that for now. But here’s why I want to start my day early: To meditate; to plan my day better; to eat breakfast; and to read for 15 to 20 minutes, before I start work. And yes it is possible because I have tried it, it isn’t going to be easy in the beginning, but with practice it can get better.

2. To exercise
I always wanted to stay active. I am going to set aside 1.5 to 2 hours a day for my workouts in the evening – we are not perfect let’s face it, and I have my days too when I don’t want to hit the gym or go for a walk, but I’ll make sure to make time for it. The idea is to find an activity that you really enjoy.

But really, we shouldn’t be limited to going to the gym only or running outside. There are great workout videos on YouTube that you can watch. On my lazy days, I do two sets of 5 minute ab workout at home when I am not in the mood to go to the gym. You can find many such 5 minute clips on YouTube. It is fun, it is easy to follow, and you don’t have to step out.

Having said that, I feel blessed to have access to a gym closer to where I live now.

3. To meditate
I am practicing mindfulness – it is work in progress, but hoping one day I can master it. I will use this time to reflect on the past. And look how far I’ve come along. I will also be using this time to stay in the present and appreciate life for what it is. As the saying goes, our pasts shape our future, and so there are no regrets in life but just learning. This is what I believe. I am a product of my experiences, they shape us into who we are today; and if it wasn’t for these experiences, we wouldn’t been the kind of persons we are today. As I always say, having a perspective is vital. I think a person without one is someone living life in a bubble –  and too afraid to let go.

4. To read books
To find time to read as many books, and articles as I can. I am aiming to finish at least one or two books by the end of December 2015.

These are my short-term goals for the next couple months. I am hoping to build on this list as I move forward.

What are your short-term goals? How are you preparing for 2016? I would love to hear your thoughts. Comment below!

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Self Discovery. Life. Purpose. Passion

Today’s blog is inspired by Shawn Stevenson, he is the creator of the Model Health Show, which I recently started tuning in on podcast. And I am glad I did because I absolutely love his work. For anyone interested, he is an advocate of health, exercise, and nutrition and super fun to listen to. There will be a link down below in case you wanted to check it out. One of the episodes was on how to create the life we want and that inspired me to do this post.

How do you define purpose? And what is your passion in life? You may also want to define what passion means to you?

According to one of the guests on the show, passion is showing care and having patience towards a goal, and it is not just a  burning desire or feeling to do something; it is a simple act of doing it.

The five steps to live the life we want

or as I would call it: Some food for thought!

Step 1. Look for opportunities that will help you grow and make you stronger. Be more proactive in your approach while searching for those opportunities. It is the simple idea to look for things that empower us. As humans, we tend to avoid challenges in order to avoid the stress that would come along with it – but science has proven that some stress is actually good for our body (Click the link to find out). So, next time when you are faced with a challenging situation, don’t try to avoid it, but take a more proactive approach and see if you can look at it from a different perspective.  The idea here is to seek for things that make you grow because what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

“Life is not trying to debilitate me, life is actually trying to cultivate the conditions for me to become a better version of me.”– Shawn Stevenson

Step 2. Overcome your fears – the reality is we are hard wired to fear the unknown. It is okay to be scared of things because it keeps us safe and prevents us from making poor decisions, right? But, the issue is not about not having fear. It is natural to have fear, but it is how we deal with it and how we overcome those fears.  Do not get stuck into one place and don’t look back on life except for when you want to appreciate how far you have come.

Always appreciate and practice gratitude for what you have become now.  Not allowing the fear to dictate what we do is the key.

Step 3. Follow your heart– we have the illusion that we don’t have a choice; we all have one.  We always find a way to justify our excuses for not following our heart. I am sure it wouldn’t come as a surprise to some of you as you might be already familiar with it-  We all have done it. We do it because we want to play safe. And because we are too scared to step out of our comfort zone.  It really takes for us to step up, to say yes to our dreams, and to follow our gut feeling that normally gets ignored.

Step 4: Ask empowering questions– by asking the right type of questions you uncover some of the issues that may go neglected at times.  For instance, when you are faced with a situation, the right question to ask would be what is right about this issue? What gifts or talents do I have that can help me solve this problem? How can I have fun doing this (paper, project, work)? How can I make this awesome? These are the type of questions that would help you with clarity- a skill I need to master.

Step 5. And lastly to be willing- willingness is the key. Willingness to say yes; to step up; to develop the strengths you need – it nicely ties back with step 3.

I am interested to find out how you define your purpose in life? What is your passion? Leave a comment below.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you.

Check out these sources:

The Model Health Show

Achieve any goal by these simple steps

Quote Collection

 43c0eb8a826865535257dc73ffcd2317Quotes that inspire me!

  1. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. —Les Brow
  2. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”! —Audrey Hepburn
  3. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford
  4. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. —Charles Swindoll
  5. Many people think they want things, but they don’t really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.– Sophia Loren
  6. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. – Helen Keller
  7. Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. —Jamie Paolinetti
  8. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. —Aristotle Onassis
  9. Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. — Swami Sivananda
  10. Change your thoughts and you change your world. —Norman Vincent
  11. I am not scared being vulnerable, I don’t see it as a weakness anymore – Isabel Allende
  12. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me —Ayn Rand
  13. Every experience makes you grow
  14. There’s no reward without risk

Enjoy more quotes from Emma Watson

How do you stay motivated? Let me know in the comment below, which one is your favorite.

Motivation, Goal Setting and Dreams!

just-keep-moving-forward-and-dont-give-a-shit-about-what-anybody-thinks-do-what-you-have-to-do-for-youRecently, I took some skill developmental classes at Cardiff University; it is free courses that lead to completion of certification. I enjoyed these classes so much.  One of the classes taught us the importance of setting goals, and how to stay motivated.

Basically, motivation is a drive, an inner need and a desire to do something. There are two types of motivations: extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic motivation is the “have” to mentality. It is the desire to delay work and procrastinate and find excuses to not complete a task. The motivation is very restricted because we feel like we have to do the work. For instance, I have to throw the trash away or I have to complete the assignment. It is also refer to McGregor’s theory X, which states that people are naturally lazy. People inherently dislike work and will find ways to avoid it.

Intrinsic motivation or Theory y is the idea that people are self-motivated, ambitious and exercise self-control. This type of motivation is the “what is in it for me” mentality. Our “have to” mentality becomes “choose to” now. For instance, I choose to throw the trash away because I want to have a clean kitchen. There is a satisfaction in the work I do, so I do it because I will have a clean kitchen as a result of that.

Setting Goals:
– The best way to achieve our goals is to write them. The minute we write our goals it creates a sense of awareness into our minds. We become aware of our goals because we have now written it down, and we can go back to that piece of paper anytime we want.
– Plan the goals-  visualize it, create an image of how it will be to reach that goal. Don’t worry about how to achieve it yet, just see it and imagine the end results.
– Make short-term achievable goals- making more realistic and measurable goals that we know we can achieve.

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