So, how has your first week of 2019 been? do you feel any different? and are you on the whole 'New Year, New Goals' train? If yes, have you set your 2019 goals yet? I am still working on it but hey, I've got 365 days and a 1/4 minus 8 days right?
For you to really make positive change this year it all starts with a decision. What's yours going to be?
I decided to do a little research on how goal setting really benefits your life and came across an interesting article by Forbes.
Vividly describing your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success, and people who very vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish their goals than people who don’t.
That’s a pretty big difference in goal achievement just from writing your goals on a piece of paper. So why does writing your goals help? It’s an important thing to know; after all, it might seem like a lot of extra work to write something down when you can just as easily store it in your brain, right? I mean, I sure have never missed a birthday...
Writing things down happens on two levels: external storage and encoding. External storage is easy to explain: you’re storing the information contained in your goal in a location (e.g. a piece of paper) that is very easy to access and review at any time. You could post that paper in your office, on your refrigerator, etc. It doesn’t take a neuro-scientist to know you will remember something much better if you’re staring at a visual cue (aka reminder) every single day. But there’s another deeper phenomenon happening: encoding. Encoding is the biological process by which the things we perceive travel to our brain’s hippocampus where they’re analyzed. From there, decisions are made about what gets stored in our long-term memory and, in turn, what gets discarded. Writing improves that encoding process. In other words, when you write it down it has a much greater chance of being remembered. Long story short. GRAB YOUR PENS AND PAPER PEOPLE! Now you don’t have to have a massive dream of being interviewed by Oprah one day like me but we can all benefit from goal setting. Start small and remember the celebrate the victories. Maybe taking yourself out for a winter stroll once a week or cooking that delish meal that you've been putting off. Or, waking up 15 minutes earlier ( without looking at your phone) and focusing on your breathing. Whatever your goal, this is science folks.
If you are serious about making changes this year then what are you waiting for? If you want to set goals right now then fill out my form attached.
We are on this goal setting journey together and I would love to hear what you have in store for 2019. Take your time with it and remember you don't have to finish your list, you can keep adding to it like me.