So, how did you get on with writing out your detailed goals in Part 1? Easier than you thought?
If you went through and answered each question in detail, what you should have ended up with is a clearer picture of what your goal is, what it means to you, why you want to achieve it, how you will achieve it and by when… if you now have all of this written down… Well done! This is a huge step in the right direction…
In my previous post we were looking at the meaning of the word ‘optimise’, and as promised, we’re going to continue to explore this phenomenal word in a bit more detail…
*To plan or carry out (an economic activity) with maximum efficiency
This is easier said than done for some of the activities on the ever-growing to-do list, however, I’ve found that by allocating time in my journal to start/complete ‘said item(s)’, helps me to be present & focus on what I want to achieve in that given time.
Do I complete everything every day? Absolutely not! Life is unpredictable, you need to be realistic and expect that things will come along & knock us off course… sometimes by minutes or hours, sometimes much longer. It is in these moments that we make a choice on whether we allow to be defeated, or if we have enough vision & passion to get back on course.
Ryan Blair famously quoted “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
*To be optimistic
A positive growth mindset is unequivocally fundamental to success & a topic that is thankfully starting to reach the masses!
I’m sure you’ve heard and seen “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t… you’re right” quote by Henry Ford countless times.
Henry was simply pointing out the fact that your brain is incredibly efficient at following instructions… and those instructions are the words & sentences you constantly use, whether out loud or in your thoughts.
So be kind to yourself & be very, very careful with the language you use. If you keep talking about a goal, but in the same moment you are saying/thinking “I’ll never get there” or “it’s too hard”, then what do you think your chances are of achieving that goal?
Instead, put your energy into mapping out that goal, break down exactly how you will achieve it & by when (after all a goal without a target date is just a wish). If you really, really want it, you’ll do it, and in the process, you will build the self-belief required to get you there.
My top 3 tips for self-optimisation:
1. Practice daily gratitude
a. There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for!
b. It’s most powerful to write them down rather than just think them.
c. It’s worth trying your best to think of 3 different things every day, even better if one of those things is something out of your control (there’s something to be said for acknowledging that life is happening ‘for you’ rather than ‘to you’), or something you would usually see as a negative i.e. ‘I’m grateful for being so busy which is getting me closer to my goal’ or ‘I’m grateful for not being so busy this week, giving me extra time with the kids’.
There are a lot of journals out there, I personally use the Best Self Journal for my journaling and gratitude, which had the ideal layout to support me in my goal setting as well as with daily, weekly and monthly planning and tasks.
It really works for me, if you’d like to try it, you can download & print a PDF version of the journal to try it out for free under the ‘Support’ section of the website under ‘Self Journal’
2. Map out your goals effectively
I discovered Goal Mapping a couple of years ago and found it to be so effective that I trained to become a certified coach so that I could help others achieve not only their goals but balance across all areas of their life. This ties in perfectly to my earlier point about how important the language you use is & that your brain is incredibly efficient at following instructions.
You’ll be glad to know that you can create your 1st goal map for free, on the online platform.
3. Be kind to yourself
When it comes to setting yourself any type of goal, my biggest learning has been to be realistic and be kind to yourself. It does not feel good to keep setting even your daily goals so high, that you are constantly missing them… not much good will come from feeling like you are constantly failing.
Once you have set realistic goals, then it’s important to be self-aware and mindful of what could potentially distract you as you go about your day to day business… if you spend much time on a laptop then you may find Win The Day useful to temporarily block certain websites until you have completed certain tasks for that day.
Good luck & HAPPY OPTIMISING!