Keeping a goal setting journal is a great way to track your goals. It later bears witness to the tremendous progress you've made. Setting and achieving goal after goal you build success upon success. Self-development, self-awareness and inspired personal growth are nurtured as you reflect on the past, see how far you've come, and where you're now headed. It allows you to gain perspective and view your life more objectively than ever before.
The mind is teeming with life...
Ideas of things to do or create; dreams of what we want to achieve for ourselves, others and the world at large; images of what we'd like our life to become.
If only we could bring a fraction of this to life! If only we could bridge the deep chasm stretching between the inner world of our thoughts and the outer reality of our lives.
Well, we can. And keeping a goal setting journal can help.
Knowing what you want is the place to start. Committing your desires to writing using effective goal setting technique is the next step (what are smart goals will help you with that).
Written words are thoughts embodied. They are the first stepping stone to change your life path.
Well, why not?
Smart goals help us to...
It's important that goal statements are clear and free of any subconscious self-sabotaging language patterns. Smart goal setting fits the bill.
One way to structure your goal setting journal is using the breakdown outlined in effective goal setting strategies. You start out by writing your five or ten year vision, or outlook, for your life. These long term goals don't need to be as specific as your short-term smart goals will be.
The time-frame for your long term vision can actually be any number of years. People often find five years to be a good number since it's far enough into the future, yet not too far. Choose the number of years that instinctively feels best to you. As long as you can still 'see yourself' in that future you're good. If you can't, you might be looking too far away. Adjust accordingly.
Constructing your own inspirational life-change declaration can help you set your long-term vision on a solid, inspired foundation.
With your long-term goals in place you narrow your vision to set one year goals. Once again, your one -year goals won't need to be as specific as your shorter, three month goals, for example. They should represent clear stepping stones towards your long-term vision.
The goals that will carry the most immediate impact are your three month goals - which come next. Most of your smart goals will fall under the three month category. You'll be surprised at what can be achieved in a mere three months when focused by a smart goal.
Once you have your three-month goals in place you can proceed to break them down into weekly and daily goals. It helps to see your daily life as it unfolds in the context of your three-month goals. In the same way, your one-year goals help put your three-month goals into perspective and your long-term vision covers it all.
Constructing your goal setting journal in this way, your days will be infused with new clarity and purpose. You'll be focused on what you need to do- knowing that it all fits into an inspiring larger picture that matters. You'll feel alive and motivated. You'll work on conducive daily habits as you make your way.
An important part of keeping an effective goal setting journal is to get into the habit of periodically reviewing your goals. Make a point of reviewing your progress once a week - preferably at a designated favorite location at a designated time. A favorite coffee shop is perfect.
Here are some questions you can use to help with your review...
A weekly review helps keep your goals front-of-mind. It helps prevent your goals from slowly fading into the background of life. It's a reminder of what's important to you. It helps keep your aim true.
A weekly review also helps turn a goal setting journal into a wonderful tool for inspired personal growth and positive life-change. As we fall short, we take corrective measures and grow. We adapt and evolve.