Goal Setting. Why should you make it a priority, especially during the times we are currently in? It’s more important to build on your vision now more than better, otherwise it’s easy to lose track and sight of what you want in life.
Tim Ferris featured a professional poker player named Phil Hellmuth in one of his podcasts. Phil shares his accountability strategy of displaying a piece of paper with his goals on his bathroom mirror. He also includes things he is grateful for. This is so simple I know. I am a huge believer of growth mindset and making sure I don’t fall prey to a fixed or scarcity mindset, so this resonated with me immensely.
In order to be successful and stay in the right mindset, I believe using gratitude is necessary in order to supercharge your goal settings.
With that in mind, I wake up every day and reflect on three things I am grateful for. It doesn’t have to be a tangible thought. Something like “I am grateful to have gotten a good night’s sleep.” This is so important because it sets the stage for a positive mindset.
By human nature, we’re programmed to wake up and immediately think of something that may take us to a negative headspace. “Ugh I have a three-hour meeting today,” or “I really don’t want to go to that networking event tonight.”
So, take a step back. Inhale deep and reflect on what it is you are grateful for before getting out of bed.
Next comes lists.
I absolutely love to-do lists and crossing items off with a fat Sharpie. I take to my colorful post-its and write what I need to get done for the day. Top 3 most important items (ahem: most dreaded) go on top and should be accomplished first! There is consistency in three’s if you haven’t noticed.
If you know anything about Law of Attraction you know about vision boards. I think these are great (hello Pinterest!) To take it one step further I like to create it as an execution board since there’s more accountability to that. We do this at work for mapping out product strategy and user experience, so it just makes sense for me to execute my ideas and thoughts on a big board. I like this large sticky one you can paste on to any wall or door.
Finally at the end of the day, I wind down with a recap of what I accomplished and what I still need to do. I try to remember to journal when I can because it’s healthy to and nothing beats a pen to paper moment than journaling out your thoughts or brainstorming.
On another note, I thought I’d share what some of my high-level goals are for rest of 2020 and into 2021:
- Reteach myself how to play the piano (so that I can teach my child one day)
- Get more in touch with nature and seek out new hikes
- Explore and get more creative with home-cooked meals, including home-cooked meals for my dog Lexi. I started doing this during quarantine.
- Focus more on self-love (strengthen this now to help beat mom guilt…)
- Paint (specifically paint an art piece for the nursery)
- Take Lexi on new exciting walking paths (I think she is getting jaded walking the same path 3x a day 😜)