Goal Digging: Use This 2 Step Process To Get More With Less Stress
Ah, the beginning of year. Don’t you just love a fresh start? Personally, hitting the reset button at the top of a new year gives me butterflies, because it's absolutely thrilling. There's nothing more exciting than a clean slate, riddled with endless opportunity, goal setting, and new beginnings.
But with a clean slate comes an interesting challenge to be aware of — especially if you’re a creative type who's appetite for goal setting is voracious. This time of year, our mental vision boarding can get lost in a molotov cocktail of intoxicating ‘new year, new me’ that may result in a brainstorming black hole.
I mean — who can resist? You're bombarded with resolutions just begging to hop onto our mental agendas, just waiting to be broken. After all, who doesn’t want to get to the gym more, learn a new language, finish that looming book proposal, start a clothing line, double your following on social media, make more money, start an affiliate network, grow a business, take a vacation, meditate daily, find that special someone, or - in the most subconcious way - live an incredibly amazing life?
Here’s the issue.
Most ambitious, driven people wind up taking on way too much in terms of setting goals — especially in the new year. (Yes, I’m looking at you...and me.) Swept up in the annual marketing theme of "new me" mania, we are subconciously setting ourselves up for failure, one goal spitting session at a time.
If you’re up for setting smart goals and winning THE game OF "THE NEW + IMPROVED ME" without stress or overwhelm — this simple 2 step practice is for you.
I like to call this process the CLEANSE and CLEAR two step method to freedom from the emotional overwhelm we place on ourselves when it comes to achieving a new goal. Grab a pen and paper, we're going to do this exercise together.
Step #1 - THE CLEANSE
I want you to literally dump everything out of your mind and place it on the paper. Write down all of your goals, things you want to achieve, or anything you want to manifest over the next 12 months. Don't hold back, get it all right there on that paper. By getting everything out of your head, you will relieve an inner sense of overwhelm that is building up inside of you when unfinished tasks and unaccomplished goals begin to build up in your energy field. This feeling of overwhelm will actually make you counter productive, and will cause you to suffer from the nastiest word in all of entrepreneurship: procrastination.
Instead, take a look at what you wrote down and divide your findings into three categories:
A) Your Self - these are all of your personal goals. Health and fitness, self care, personal finance, creative projects, etc.
B) Your Relationships - these are all of your family goals. What are the improvements you want to make in your relationships that will require your time?
C) Your Business - what do you want to achieve in your professional life?
Get everything out of your head and onto the page. Do not censor yourself, just go for it.
Step #2 - THE CLEARING
You need to release your goals out of your energy field. Here, you want to get UBER FOCUSED. Start clearing your list and focus solely on what you want to achieve. You might say "I don't want to clear anything off of my list! It's all solid gold and I want to achieve everything that I've written down."
You want to focus on the critical things, instead of the white noise that goal setting creates until you end up getting nothing done.
If you find yourself torn between what to clear and what not to clear, filter your goals through these three questions:
What is the impact this goal will have on your life?
How will this goal benefit others?
Who will you have to become in order to make this project a reality?
If you can't justify the answers after applying these three filters, then CLEAR THAT ITEM. Whittle your list down to the most impactful goals that are going to get you exactly what you really want, without compensating your life or your relationships.
Remember, less is more. Tight is right. And that, my friends, is how you CLEANSE AND CLEAR!
Now I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below, let me know:
1. What’s the number one goal or project you’re committed to bringing to life this year? Describe it in terms of the 3 filters: What’s the payoff, how will it impact others and who will you need to become in order to bring it to life?
2. What’s one project or goal that you’ve pruned as a result of this process? How does it feel to let it go?
Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Some incredible truth seekers come here each week for insight and inspiration and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.
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