Personal growth is important in each and every one of our lives. It’s what drives us to be better moms, get healthy, become more patient, and so much more.
How we get there is by setting goals and setting BIG ones.
Yeah small goals are great, but they shouldn’t be your only goals. They should be the steps that get you to your BIG goal.
Now, when I say you need a big goal, I’m talking about a goal so big it scares you a little. A goal that when you think of the future it makes you so excited you can hardly stand it but at the same time the act of reaching it is slightly terrifying.
When a goal scares you, it means it will grow you by pulling you out of your comfort zone and into a life you have always wanted or dreamed of.
Here’s how setting and achieving big goals will change you.
Bigger Goals = Bigger Change
Reaching your big goal will inspire you in a way nothing else can.
Achieving big goals will make you realize your true potential.
Setting a big goal and actually achieving it will help you conquer your fears.
Big goals help you create better life habits.
On your path to achieving your big goal you will grow as a person in many ways.
If you only set small goals, goals that don’t scare you, you will never make drastic changes in your life or see truly see what your made of.
Here’s how you set and achieve big goals.
STEP 1: Visualize your life 5 years from now.
Take a few minutes and think about the life you want 5 years from now. What do you want to be doing? Are you working? Have you started that dream business? Where will you be living? Will you have kids? What does your finances look like? Are you debt free? Where have you traveled? Get detailed!
STEP 2: Don’t limit or judge your vision.
While you’re thinking of your life 5 years from now don’t limit where you take it. Go BIG. If you haven’t ever dreamed before, then take a moment and let your mind wonder. I give you full permission to dream and dream big. You deserve it.
Don’t think about what other’s will think or say, this is your dream not theirs.
STEP 3: Think of one big goal, just one, that you could achieve in 5 years that would make that vision, or a big part of it, a reality.
Is it changing jobs, starting a business, moving, losing weight, getting healthy, making new friends?
It’s important that whatever you do, you only pick one thing. Focusing on too many areas of your life at one time will be overwhelming and eventually will lead to burn out. Stick to 1 big goal only.
‘Start my Esty Business’
‘Start a Blog’
‘Loose 100 Pounds’
‘Move Out of State’
‘Start my Ministry’
STEP 4: Dedicate 110% to achieving your goal.
Once you decide what your big goal will be, then you need to commit to achieving it. Decide right now that no matter what, you WILL work hard and not give up on yourself. This includes those times when you fall off the wagon. Just stand up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward.
STEP 5: Make a vision board.
Creating a vision board will help you keep your goal at the forefront of your mind. You can use magazines, pictures from the internet, and so much more to create exactly what you want your vison board to be. Once it’s done hang it somewhere in your house so that you see it daily.
This will be your constant reminder of what you’re working towards and you’re daily dose of inspiration.
STEP 6: Set mini goals.
In order to reach your big goal, you need to organize it so that it can be broken up into steps. These steps are manageable goals you can reach in a reasonable amount of time. If you want you can set up time frames, but to be honest that’s not really my thing. I like to just set a small goal and every day work towards reaching it.
This will help you from falling off the wagon because life happens. If you set up a time frame and then miss it, you will just beat yourself up. Eventually one thing will lead to another and next thing you know it’s been 6 weeks and you haven’t worked towards your goal.
STEP 7: Prioritize
When you set a big goal, you’re going to have to prioritize. This means saying no to things you normally would say yes to. Maybe you have to say no to that dessert or to going to the movies with your friends because you’re spending a few hours planning the launch of your business. Every goal will require you to prioritize and say no to certain things, so get use to it.
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STEP 8: Give Yourself Grace
Like I said in step six life is going to happen. This may come in the form of a death, a sickness, finance troubles, a move, or so much more. When this happens, you need to give yourself grace. Let me say that again. GIVE YOURSELF GRACE. Don’t let one bump in the road keep you from reaching your goal.
If you need to give yourself some time to step away, that’s fine. Just remember to jump back on the band wagon and don’t let this one season or thing in your life be what stops you from ever reaching your goal.
Big goals are the goals that bring real change in your life. If you haven’t set a big goal yet then you need to. If you have set one but are having trouble reaching it, then go through the 8 steps listed above to help get you there.
You deserve to dream big and have those dreams become a reality. So, get out there and make a big goal become your soon to be future.