This is my favorite time of the year… goal planning season and set goals for manifesting.
Most people wait until January to start planning for the year, but it’s better to start thinking about it now so you can really hit the ground running when the new year begins.
This is my favorite time of year. Why? It’s goal planning season, manifesting, and vision boarding time!
It’s when I manifest my vision for the upcoming year and make all of my dreams a reality. If you’re like me, you may be wondering how to set goals that are both achievable and inspiring.
Well, don’t worry; I’ve got you covered. In this blog post, I will share my tips for creating goals that will help transform your life for the better.
I can’t wait to set some intentions and see where the universe takes me. What about you?
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Your overall goal is your big life goal. Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Or ten years? This part of goal setting is where you dream big. No limits; you can even dream the impossible ( cause really it’s not, but your mind may feel limited).
What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months? This could be anything from saving up for a down payment on a house, to losing 20 pounds, to taking a trip around the world. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that will push you outside of your comfort zone.
Write Down a List of all your Goals
Writing down your goals is a non-negotiable part of the goal-setting process. If it’s not written down, it’s not real.
The Book The Secret talks about how to manifest goals on paper and states writing down goals is important because it allows you to “put it out there” to the universe. The more specific you are with your goals, the better.
Now that you have written your goals down. Circle the top 5 Goals, then circle the two that would make the most significant impact. For example, debt free could also give you more spending money, and help you increase your credit and peace of mind. Then make those 2 SMART.
It would be best to keep a few things in mind when setting goals: Set SMART goals.
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time based
Set Specific Goals.
For a goal to be effective, it needs to be specific. Specific objectives are easier to achieve than general ones because you have a clear plan of action. A specific goal answers questions like:
- What are our goals?
- Who’s responsible for it?
- What steps do I need to take to achieve my goal??
For example, rather than saying, “I want to save money,” try, “I will save $50 from my paycheck each week.”
Even better: Pay off my Visa credit card by setting aside 50 from my paycheck each week and working overtime if needed.
Set Measurable Goals.
It is important to set a goal that you can measure, to ensure that you are making progress toward your goal. When you break your goals down into quantifiable chunks, it becomes much simpler to monitor your progress and determine when you can celebrate reaching the end.
For example, rather than saying, “I want to pay off debt,” try, “I will pay 2000 in 6 months. Use a habit tracker to stay on task.
I will pay off my debt of 2,000 in 6 months by setting aside this specific amount each week and checking my progress along the way.
Set Achievable Goals.
Achieve realistic goals. Realistic doesn’t mean easy and fearless. (so set big, bold goals too)
Setting realistic goals means setting goals you know you can achieve with some effort.
So if you are trying to get out of debt, you’re not going to write down pay off 5k for November if you know it can’t be done. So work strategically.
Look at how much debt you own, how much goes to principal vs. interest, jot down interest rates, and how much is overall bills that are non-negotiable ( rent/mortgage, car+ health insurance, electricity, etc.).
Then list the nice to have ( Netflix, cable, hair, nails, new clothes, etc.) and how much you have been spending every month. Yes, that means going to your bank account and looking through it with a fine comb. Hey, you may save money by canceling a subscription you no longer use.
Write down how much money you have to go towards debt OR if you are living out of your means.
This is an achievable/ realistic approach because it uses facts to develop a plan.
I paid off my college debt using this method.
Speaking of college debt, whenever you receive large sums of money ( refinance your home, lawsuit money, government funding, etc. make sure you use this to get a jump start on your debt… do not use it to purchase more items you don’t need.
Set Relevant Goals
The goals and action steps you take should be relevant to your overall mission in life. If your plan doesn’t fit into your grand scheme, it might be time to rethink that particular goal.
So make sure it’s something YOU WANT and not something someone WANT FOR YOU.
For example, if your goal is to get out of debt, but you’re still racking up more debt each month, that’s not an appropriate action step. Instead, it would be best to change your spending habits before you can realistically achieve that goal.
If, on the other hand, your goal is to save money so you can travel more, that’s a relevant goal. It fits into your overall mission (assuming your mission is to see the world, of course).
So identify your WHY, which is the reason, and make sure the steps are aligned with the goal.
Set Time-Bound goals.
When do you plan to start implementing the goals identified? When will they be complete?
To ensure your goal is achievable, it is crucial to set a deadline by which you will achieve it. Set a deadline for goals, even IF it’s scary. I will be debt free in 2024!
Part of setting a time-bound goal is planning how you will achieve it. That’s where the smaller, quantifiable goals come in.
Now that we have written out goals. Let’s add the manifesting component to it.
For each goal, ask yourself:
What is my intention? ( setting an intention before everything is Big, it helps your energy genuinely understand the desire; make sure it’s from the heart space. )
How will I know when I have achieved this goal?
What does this goal look/ feel like? ( big inference on how it feels to achieve the goal)
Who will help me achieve this goal?
Manifestation for Achieving goals
When it comes to goal setting, manifestation is key. In order to achieve your goals, you need to see them as already accomplished in your mind. You need to picture yourself achieving them and feel the emotions that come along with it.
This can be done through visualization, affirmations, and even a vision board. All of these tools help program your subconscious mind to take the necessary actions to make your goals a reality.
When it comes to manifestation, the key is to focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. This means that you should avoid negative thoughts and words when setting your goals.
Add Affirmation to assist with manifesting.
Affirmations refer to the practice of positive thinking, positive statements, and self-empowerment
We are affirming that a positive mental attitude is necessary for success in any area.
You can add these goal manifestation affirmations to your screen saver or set an alarm to repeat to yourself.
I have an abundance of money
I am happy to be debt free
I am eradicating debt.
I have control over my finances.
I attract wealth and abundance.
My bank account is constantly growing.
I am confident about money matters.
I have an overflow of money in my bank account
I am open to receiving abundance in all areas of my life.
Abundance flows freely to me in all forms.
I easily attract and manifest prosperity into my life.
I am a loving person, and I attract love into my life.
I enjoy giving and receiving love
Take Inspired Action steps toward Goals.
So we are checking things off your goal list, ensuring your tap into inspired action. This is taking action from a place of love, not fear.
I know it can be challenging when you’re bogged down with debt and bills or trying to find the love of your life, but if you can find a way to take even just one inspired action step each day, it will make a world of difference.
Here are some ideas for inspired action steps you can take toward your goals:
-If your goal is to get out of debt, an inspired action step might be to sell some of your unwanted belongings on eBay or Poshmark.
-If your goal is to find a relationship, an inspired action step might be to go out with friends more often or take a spontaneous trip to the store where you could run into your soul mate.
True story: I found my soul mate in Germany at 21. My mother, who was in the military and deployed for three months, asked me to visit with my younger brother. I really didn’t want to go because I was in college living my best life and just knew I would be bored on base in Germany. But my gut was saying go, it would be only two weeks, and I could get back to my friends. Well, one of the young men also deployed for three months… my now husband was there, and so it is. We have a loving, supportive marriage with three kids 18 years later.
-If your goal is to save money, an inspired action step might be to cook at home more often, eliminate subscriptions, or make more money trying these.
-If your goal is to get healthy, an inspired action step might be to go for a walk every day or to go cold turkey on snacks.
One day I just woke up and cut out meat except for seafood; it’s been a year so far, coffee, so for the past six months, mushroom coffee it is, and social media for three months. So this was inspired action to eliminate the toxins weighing me down.
You get the idea! It will be something throughout the day that pops into your mind randomly, suggesting you take this step.
Do it! It’s your higher self guiding you with the cheat sheet to your life.
Review Your Goals
It’s the end of the year, so it’s a good time to review your goals.
Set a reminder for yourself ( daily, weekly or monthly) to review your goals and ask yourself what steps you can take that day/ week to get one step closer to your destination.
Share your goals with someone who will support you. If that’s no one, then keep them to yourself!
It could be a family member, spouse, friend, or accountability partner. But it is essential to have someone in your court who will encourage you and help you stay accountable to your goals. And again, if that’s no one, listen to motivational videos on youtube.
Do you want your goals to want you just as much as you want them?
Do you wish you were like a magnet so the things you want just flow to you?
If so, then welcome to the power of visualization.
Visualization is a process of creating images or pictures in your mind to achieve a goal. It’s a form of mental rehearsal that helps program your subconscious mind to take the actions necessary to manifest what you desire.
It’s the process of seeing what you want to achieve in your “mind’s eye” and then making it happen in reality.
When done correctly, visualization can be a very powerful tool to help manifest anything you desire, whether it’s more money, a better job, a new car, or even a new relationship.
A vision board is my fav and easiest way to get started with visualization.
A vision board is a collection of images, words, and affirmations representing what you want to manifest in your life. It’s a visual representation of your goals and dreams.
Creating a vision board is simple. All you need is a piece of poster board or heavy cardstock, some magazines, scissors, and glue. ( vision board supplies)
Or if you are like most people I work with, including myself… you don’t have time to go to the store and get supplies, then a digital vision board that you can use on your computer screen is everything.
Add your images to a collage and add it to your backdrop. That way, every time you open your computer, you see it—instant Manifestation.
Now I know you’re probably saying no, but I’d rather create a physical board.
So question did you make one last year, or are you still waiting to pick up supplies?
If you are still telling yourself you will when…. then a digital board is for you. The easiest way to get in the way of your dreams is by making obstacles that you don’t need.
Creating your vision shouldn’t be one of those obstacles.
Want to do both? That’s great but start where you are… at the screen. Here are vision board templates you can use to eliminate the task of creating a college and go directly into drop and drag.
Ready to increase your visualization techniques? I recommend Mindvalley Silva Ultramind System.
How to Manifest Your Goals Review :
- Wake up each day and spend time writing/visualizing what you want to achieve as if it has already happened—the more detailed, the better.
- Give thanks for what you have now and what is to come
- Set reminders (post-it notes, alarms on your phone) of what you are manifest
So what are you waiting for? Get started on your success plan today!
What kind of goals do you want to achieve this year? How will you use affirmations, vision boards, and other goal-setting tools to make sure they happen?
Let us know in the comments below. And be sure to check out our other posts for more tips on how to crush your goals this year.