In my first post on this topic, I dove into the area of personal growth surrounding getting to know yourself through a variety of different methods and tools that I’ve found useful.
GETTING TO KNOW YOURSELF
- KNOWING WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
- KNOWING HOW TO GET THERE
The next steps are knowing where you want to go and knowing how to get there. As you become more self-aware of areas where you want to grow and develop, it is important to establish a method for how to get there. At its core, developing yourself involves obtaining more knowledge, improving your skills, and stepping out of your comfort zone.
It’s good to form a plan with both long term and short term goals on it. Sometimes, this is best accomplished with adding just ONE goal, achieving that goal, and then adding another to create building blocks and sustainable growth. Being able to show yourself that you set out on a goal and achieved it will also propel you to continue that in other areas of your life and keep that pattern going.
What is one area of your life that you would like to improve in and what can you do to better yourself in this area? Make sure you understand the WHY behind this goal, first and foremost. Ensure it’s a goal that you are truly doing for you or the motivation won’t last long.
Take this goal and write it down in a place that you can visibly see each day. Then, formulate a specific plan for how you are going to reach that goal with daily/weekly/monthly practices to get you closer each day. Make it a point to check in every so often and measure your progress so that you know how you’re tracking. See what’s working and what’s not. If something isn’t working, try a different method. The internet is a great resource to research and find out different ways that people have accomplished something you’re interested in improving – use this to your advantage.
Based on those specific practices you’ve written down for how to accomplish your goal, keep those promises to yourself. Treat those practices like any other meeting you have scheduled during the day. We’re often so quick to make time for others and ensure we attend external scheduled events; make sure you do the same for yourself. You owe it to you. On days where you feel unmotivated, envision your future self accomplishing that goal and what that looks and feels like. This will help propel you forward when you need a little more motivation.
I’ve created a Goal Tracker template below that you can use as you work towards your own individual goals. I hope this helps get you closer to your goals!