Avoid this. Don’t do that. What kind of goals are those?
If you believe in the Law of Attraction, you know that those kinds of goals and statements attract what you don’t want.
Besides, how can you be motivated toward the negative? How often have you been excited to accomplish a goal that didn’t even sound good when you brought it up? Or, to put it another way, which would you rather expend your energy on?
- Achieving something you desire? or
- Avoiding something you don’t?
I vote for the former … so my advice when planning for the New Year is to state your goals as positive statements.
In fact, there are those who believe that stating your goals positively is a key component in setting goals that you can achieve.
But it goes deeper than that. You want to be comfortable, happy and excited about your goals. If you do not have positive emotions around the goals you have set, the likelihood that you will succeed is actually pretty low.
Here is how you can go about setting positive goals.
- Think about what you want to achieve.
- Figure out how to state your goal in a way that not only puts a smile on your face, but gets your energy pumping … you just can’t wait to start working on attaining that goal.
This reminds me of the time I got my first job out of graduate school. When I left the workforce to get my Master’s degree, I was making $25,000 per year. After I graduated, I moved in with my Mom while I looked for work. The first job I got paid only $20,000 per year.
I accepted the job and cried. I didn’t even want to tell people I had finally found a job. I felt like a failure.
But my Dad helped me turn that around. I was entering a new career path and sometimes you have to take a step back to make a leap forward. So I applied myself and was able to get a raise within just a few months, and within a year I found another job that paid way more than my pre-grad school job.
So, no matter where you are now … you can achieve more. Take a look at your future, and look at it through the lens of hope. Then turn that hope into positive, life-affirming, energizing goals.
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But even S.M.A.R.T. goals won’t work if they aren’t right for you. This is the missing piece in most goal-setting training.
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