Welcome back for the latest 30-day challenge! Each month, I’ll introduce you to a new Integrative Life Coaching technique that could change your life for the better.

To enter, just take a picture of yourself completing the challenge, post it on Instagram and tag me in it.

So, what’s this month’s challenge?

This month’s challenge is a double-header. First, I want you to think about your lifetime goals. Then, break these down and start taking tangible steps towards achieving them.

What you achieve within 30 days will depend on your individual goals, but by the end you should be blossoming into a better, more motivated version of yourself.

What are the benefits of goal setting?

Ever wondered how top athletes and business moguls develop the focus to reach out and grab what they want? The short answer is goal setting.

Setting clearly defined goals provides you with long-term vision, as well as the short-term motivation needed to achieve them. Adopt this as part of your personal mantra, and you can make the most out of every minute of your life.

The benefits of goal setting include:

  • Enhanced sense of purpose
  • Professional success
  • Achievement of personal targets (getting fitter/spending more time with family)
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Better organised time
  • Structured information intake

How can I make the most out of goal setting?

Here are some key pointers to help you get the most from this month’s challenge:

  • Write everything down
  • Phrase goals in a positive way
  • Ignore goals chosen for you by others
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve
  • Choose performance-related, rather than outcome-related goals
  • Set S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound)

There are many ways that you can approach goal setting, but here’s the method I recommend:

1.Understand your lifetime goals

Think about what you truly want from life. It might be setting up a happy family home, achieving business success, or freeing yourself from the ‘9 to 5’ altogether.

Consider the following types of goals, and write down your intentions in detail:

  • Career
  • Financial
  • Educational
  • Family
  • Artistic
  • Personality
  • Physical
  • Pleasurable
  • Public service

2.Begin with small steps

Now, you need to start setting time frames for completion. Break your goals down into manageable pieces (the smaller the better), and start defining the steps you need to take to achieve them. The smaller each step is, the more often you will be able to reward yourself for taking real action.

Use a calendar or spreadsheet to tie each step to a different life stage, date (potentially the last day of the challenge), or even the next couple of hours if you think it would be attainable. Be precise about when you hope to achieve certain things, but also set a priority level for each to help you focus on what’s most important should your timetable alter over time.

Example

Lifetime goal: Travel the world

  • 1-week goal: Decide which destinations to visit
  • 1-month goal: Create a map of potential travel routes and prioritise destinations
  • 6-month goal: Get into a saving routine and start building up a travel fund
  • 1-year goal: Book the first leg of the trip
  • 5-year goal: Travel to at least one -quarter of destinations listed

Good luck with the challenge! I can’t wait to see pictures of your lists all over Instagram.

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