Goals and Dreams

I read recently how goals are dreams with deadlines. I really like this way of looking at things. Goal setting is hard work but dreaming is easy. The reason that I love this saying though is in order to make any goal come true, you really have to dream it out. Think about the very thing that you want at that very moment. You need to imagine each step it takes to get that thing all the way down to the finest details. What are you wearing, what are you doing, where are you going, what are you driving to get there, what color is the room, how about the decor? Each one of these details are vital to making your dreams come true.

So in goal setting, it is important to follow the well-known SMART system. Make sure the goal is specific and that you have a time-frame in mind. Do not limit yourself by expectations though. Imagine yourself in the place you really want to be. Something that you can track your progress is important too but do not limit yourself to only picking something easy because of this. If you can do it in your mind, you can do it. Now obviously you may not fly a broomstick but at one time, a plane was unimaginable. The best thing you can do for yourself is to dream. Each day imagine each step it will take to get to your goals.

An example that I am working with right now is. I get up and imagine my workout for the day. How far am I going to go, what am I wearing, what am I listening to, how do I feel, what is the speed, what is my intention. I visualize it all out as soon as I get up to make it happen. My goal with this is to improve each workout, to get faster and stronger. Through these visualizations, I will have already convinced my mind that I did so doing it is not a problem.

This is how you build your confidence in your goals. No going back because you let your mind believe you can’t go any further. Time to convince yourself differently. I have a few books that I can recommend to help you get there. Take that leap of faith and do what you dreamed you can do.

Sending All My Love!
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Get Happy

I read this in my HRM book for my Managing class:
In order to help people experience sustained happiness, clinical psycologist Dr Timothy Sharp proposes the CHOOSE model of happiness. To develop and enhance your experience of happiness implement some of these steps:
C=Clarity (of goals, direction, and life purpose): Happy people set clear goals and determine clear and specific plans to ensure these goals become reality. So clarify your life plan now (because no one else will do it for you!) {{funny thing, I was thinking, no one else will set and achieve my goals after TBL the other night, I also realized that there is only One to please and that is God}}
H=Healthy living (activity and exercise, diet and nutrition, and sleep): Health forms a crucial part of the foundation to happiness. It is hard to be happy if you are literally sick and tired all the time. So do whatever you can to be healthy and you will also boost your chances of being happy.
O=Optimism (positive but realistic thinking): There is no doubt that happy people think about themselves, others, and the world differently. Among other things, they search for more positives. The good news is that this is something you can learn to do, so start practicing now.
O=Others (the key relationships in your life): Research strongly indicates that happy people have both more and better quality relationships. So make sure you devote time to developing and fostering your key relationships.
S=Strengths (your core qualities and attributes): Rather than spending all their time trying to fix their weaknesses, happy people spend more time identifying and utilizing their strengths. Find out what you are good at and do it as much as possible.
E=Enjoy the moment (live in, and appreciate the present): The past is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift- that is why they call it the present. Live in the moment and enjoy life more

Look closely at each of these categories. Do you see areas that you can change in your life to choose to be happy? I do believe in every situation we have a choice to laugh or cry (As Rachael Ray likes to reference her grandpa). My question to you is what choice do you want to make? It is good to cry every once in a while and let it all out but so often many cry when they should laugh and move on.

I’ve been working hard recently on these. Technically I started working on some about 2 years ago when I made the choice to be healthier. I struggle in this choice a lot more than I would like to admit but when I make my goals and vision what I want, it makes it a whole lot easier. I love setting goals but even more so I love achieving them.  After all one of my greatest strengths is Achiever.  You will learn more about that in a different blog. Now go out a choose your path- will it be happy?

Sending All My Love!
Now tell me your story-