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Wow 2018 was an incredible year! But, a great 2018, isn’t where I want to stop. I want to crush 2019 as well! Over the past few years, I’ve turned into my mother. I’ve gone full on hippie with meditation, hypnosis, and manifesting. And, you know what, yeah it’s all totally crazy, but it also works. It has literally changed my life. It has made me huge on goal setting.
Like, honestly, it kind of freaks me out how well it works. Put it out in the universe, work hard, and the universe finds a way to make your goals happen.
I was a little worried hitting publish on this post. Will people think I’m crazy? Is this too much? But, then I reminded myself how well this strategy has worked for me, and I want to share it with others too.
Before we bought a house, I would write over, and over, and over again about the house I wanted. I put it a down as a goal. I wanted a rambler, with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a big yard for the dogs, with an open layout, dated so we could update it, but not a fixer upper, and yellow. I can’t tell you why I envisioned our first home as yellow. I don’t even like yellow houses. But, I wrote it down, I meditated on it, and a year later, we closed on our three bedroom, two bathroom, yellow rambler with a big backyard and an open floor plan that looked like it stepped out of a 1990’s home catalog. See all the pictures here.
Tips for Goal Setting
Write it Down
Write it down to make it real, and give you something to refer back to. It can be scary to write down these types of big life goals. Even to admit it to yourself. But, writing them down gives them life. And, then you need to be able to refer back to them. And, don’t write it once, write it over and over, day after day.
Have Quantifiable Goals
While something like, be happy, is a wonderful goal for life, it’s better if your goals are quantifiable and measurable. And, make it specific. If you don’t make it specific you may find yourself with a goal technically being reached, but not in the way you wanted. This has happened to me many times.
Write it in Present Tense
Instead of “I want to save money” write down “I have $10,000 in my savings account.” You want it to be specific, and written as though it has already happened.
Add a Date
At the end of the goal, put a date. As if future you wrote this sentence on that date and it has come to pass. I try to make it an achievable timeframe, but also one that scares me a little, and pushes me out of my comfort zone. I have found that life has it’s own way of making things happen on its own time, and I don’t always make it by that date, but they do still all come to pass in their own time. And, this gives me something to be striving for.
But not too often. It’s good to remember your goals, and be working toward them, but not obsess over them. You need to give the universe time to work. I have found that many goals happen after I have written them over and over, visualize them, and then, let them be for a while. Like our house, I didn’t even remember that I had written about wanting a yellow house until after we closed and I went back through my notebook.
Give it Time
This doesn’t happen overnight. There are goals that I set for myself years ago that only just came to fruition this year, and others I haven’t met yet. Be patient, and give yourself time to reach your goals.
What goals are you setting for yourself?