How to Set Goals With Soul

Time: 2 minutes
January 30, 2018

I’ve certainly been in that place where I was really excited to start something, only to find out a few weeks or DAYS later that I’d lost the motivation to pursue them. This usually happens because of the way we frame these goals…We start approaching them from a sense of obligation, forgetting that we actually instigated them. The mere word obligation carries the idea of being bound…I feel bored writing it! Your goals are reflection of your desires and it is entirely up to you whether or not you choose to fulfil them, but wouldn’t feel amazing if you did? Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy the process as much as the end outcome? Wouldn’t be easier if you could do it lightheartedly? That’s what goals with soul are all about!

Still unclear on how to do it? Here are 4 easy tips to get off a flying start:

1. Language

Watch the words you use when referring to your goals. “Should”, “Must”, “Have to”, and even “Need to” sometimes can make a seemingly appealing activity become cumbersome; using “I want to” instead carries a completely different vibration. Don’t take my word for it, try it!

2. Compassion

The tough love approach is not for everyone. I know that the harsher my inner critique is, the less progress I make. I like to remind myself that things are changing and that if I already knew how to do everything there would be no growth. I condition myself to see it for what it is: an opportunity to learn and there is no learning without mistakes, if you’re human that is ?

3. Gratitude

Realise that you are truly lucky to be in a position to chase your dreams in the first place. One thing I do if I’m feeling lethargic is to remember the last time I was unwell and how no amount of will power could get me out of bed. It puts things in perspective in no time!

4. Contribution

Make your goals about something bigger than you. How would achieving these goals impact your relationships with others? What will it allow you to do? Whose role model will you be? Who will you inspire?

If you'd like to delve deeper into setting goals with soul, I would highly recommend Danielle Laporte's book The Desire Map or her online course on CodyApp.

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