Goal Setting Time … how is your Summer Shaping Up

EP Coach Sarah writes a great blog on the power of Goal Setting. Perfect timing to re assess your goals, before the Energised Summer Term starts, and Bank Holidays. Let us know if you would like any help or support making them happen, and do share your goals – much more likely to make it happen then!

Read on for Sarah’s Top Tips from our Goal Setting Workshop and her own advice:

With spring upon us and Easter gone, what better time to check in with those goals and see how you’re doing? I thought exactly that after hearing lots of exciting ideas and goals from many of you at the Easter meal – all very inspiring, and totally achievable!

And after taking part in EP’s very own Head Coach Kim’s ‘Make this your Best Year – Achieve your New Year’s Resolutions’ workshop, Easter was the checkpoint to review my own goals, take stock of what I’ve achieved and to form a plan the next few months. I took an hour out and managed to get lots down on paper – three key areas I’d like to focus on over the next three months, brainstormed with the things within those goals that really matter to me and how I’ll feel once I’ve achieved them. Then I set to work on identifying some “mini goals” – weekly actions to make these big goals possible.

So… feeling totally motivated and excited about the next few months about my own fitness, nutrition and rest/relaxation/fun plans, I thought I’d share some tips to help you all set your own goals and make them happen:

  1. Commit! Write it down on paper, keep them with you for motivation and to keep you on the right track. Make time each weekend to set your mini-goals for the following week – it doesn’t have to be long, but this is so worthwhile.

  1. Be accountable: Pick two or three people to share your goals with, to act as cheerleaders (!) – you’re more likely to achieve your goals if you can get support from other people when you need it most.

  1. Brainstorm: A really great way of emptying your brain and helping you to think of things you might not have even had in mind at the start of the process – it doesn’t have to be neat and tidy, just scribble down some ideas as they come into your head.

  1. Make your goals SMART: Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. This is really important, how often have most of us made a wishy-washy goal without a plan to measure if we’ve achieved it and without a specific timeframe?

  1. Visualise:  Focus on what’s important to you about achieving these goals – how will you feel, look, think and act? Once you start visualising and thinking about the end result and what it means to you to get there, you’ll want to go get those goals now!

  1. Chose a mantra – a word or set of words which will inspire you to make your goals happen. Write it down and keep it with you somewhere you can see it – in your wallet, on your fridge or on your desk at work. I have three (I just couldn’t chose!) – “Just do it” (as Nike would say), “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” and “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” (someone said this brilliant quote to me years ago and it’s always stuck)

  1. And focus on what you’ve achieved already – celebrate and be proud of the great things and changes you’ve achieved so far and simply build.

Happy goal setting! If we can help at all or if you’d like us to be one of your cheerleaders for accountability and lots of Energised support – get in touch! We offer 1 Day Coaching, 6, 12 or 24 week Coaching Programmes.