“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” – fortune cookie
Today is day 2 of me posting to this blog…hooray!
I have posted and deleted my posts more times than I can count – so I have decided to just move forward and continue to write until it is actually good enough to share. But I am not worried about not being good enough. Well, the worrying thoughts do come to my mind, but I am taking back my control over them.
My goal is to post everyday, consistently, by Labor Day. I guess I might as well put my goals out there. Ever since I started reading about setting goals and affirmations several years ago, I have struggled with the best way to go about consistently pursuing my goals. I recently read that affirmations should be repeated everyday until they become reality. That really hit me, because before I had a hard time thinking about when to review affirmations, how often, for how long, if I was even affirming what I should be affirming, etc.
Now I get it! They are meant to be reviewed everyday until the goal is a reality. Done.
I also struggled with where to write down my goals and affirmations, and how and when to review them. Also, how many goals should a person have? And how long should we give ourselves to accomplish these things? Here is my current plan that I have recently developed, which I feel more connected to than any system I have created before. Hopefully it will work!
First, what is the difference between a goal and an affirmation?
I am still not quite sure that there necessarily needs to be a distinction between goals and affirmations. But then again, I think having these 2 separate lists helps me to understand what I want (goals) and then to focus my attention on how I will feel once it is my reality (affirmations).
Where do I write down my goals and affirmations?
I have read about creating a goals notebook or stack of 3 x 5 note cards, each page or card containing one goal or affirmation. I have tried both of these systems in the past, but I have also made a decision to be paperless over the last several years. I like the simplicity of keeping things digital, particularly because I don’t go anywhere without my iphone, and with the phone, comes Evernote.
Evernote has been the key ingredient to my paperless lifestyle. It took me a few years to really start feeling comfortable with allowing all of my otherwise papered information to be stored in this one place, but it has become an amazing resource.
I have recently devised my own system of storing my goals and affirmations in evernote. I have one notebook called Affirmations, and one notebook called Goals, with one affirmation or goal per its respective notebook. When you open the notebook it in your iphone or other smart phone, it as easy to scroll through these notes as if you were looking through your contacts or reading text messages.
The best thing about this is that I can quickly open Evernote on my phone anywhere I am and run though my goals and affirmations in just a few minutes. I don’t have to bring a stack of notecards or a notebook if I want to refer to them on the go, and I can also easily change or rearrange things without all the mess or killing trees!
Someday I plan to create and link to shared Evernote templates to help communicate my point more visually. Until that (hopefully soon!) day comes, all I can say is that this system has at least allowed me to remain connected to my goals no matter what time of day or where I am. Ultimately, what matters is that your system really, truly, works for you personally.
When to review?
I try to group things that I am trying to turn into new habits with existing routines that are pretty much automated, such as brushing my teeth or showering. Generally it is recommended to review goals and affirmations in the morning and evening, at a minimum. Review them as often as you like! Reading through them is really just a way to remind ourselves of where we want to be.
I decided to work on establishing the habit of reviewing these lists at meal times. That way, I can review them 3 times a day. This makes logical sense to me, although I must admit that I have not created the habit just yet – so I am not sure if this will end up being my plan. However, going through the lists first thing in the morning while I am logging into computers and programs and waiting for pages to load has seemed to work.
Ultimately, I believe the best way to speed up the goal achievement process is to act as if it has already occurred. Think thoughts that you would think if you were to have $100,000 in the bank, or if there were world peace, for example. Keep your thoughts and energies aligned with what you do want, not what you don’t want. I will almost positively develop more posts about the goals and affirmations process in the future.
I also wanted to mention that I have decided to start thinking of my life by the seasons, as in going by the four seasons as a way to quantify my time rather than using the business term of quarterly (mostly because I like the idea of seasons better). I have also read that breaking up and focusing on goals in three month periods of time gives us big enough goals to work towards, but isn’t so drawn out that we lose interest. More to come on that later.
Posting this post is helping me to gain momentum towards seeing my goal of “posting to my blog once a day by Labor Day” come to life. That makes me smile.
What next action towards a goal would make you smile? Go do it now, then leave a note in the comments telling us how awesome you are!
photo credit: Miguel-Santos