How to Reclaim Your Power
It’s full-on spring here in the Pacific Northwest, and I love it. Warmer temperatures and sunny days brighten my mood and seem to light a fire under me to get more done. I find I gain transformational success versus completing short-term goals when that fire is lit. How about you, what lights your fire? I know this past year has dampened a lot of goals for so many. If your fire was doused and you need a spark to relight your way towards transformational success, there is a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. You can turn TRIES into DOING by Reclaiming Your Power.
- Break up with the couch and Netflix.
- Eat to fuel your body, say goodbye to comfort food.
- Kick the naysayers to the curb.
- Release the weight of the world even if it’s more than a pandemic pudge.
- Maintain your focus and stretch your skills.
- Complete the deadlines and produce the desired results.
- Hit the finish line with arms held high.
Reclaim your power, it’s pretty easy with some simple steps.
You can start with…
DREAM BIG – SET GOALS – TAKE ACTION
Without action, there is only a dream.
What’s the first action?
Know Your Why –
- What is your WHY for the goal(s)?
- What would my outcomes look like?
Answer questions one and two, then devise a plan. SMART Plans are a great tool to accomplish a positive and specific goal. What is a Smart Plan? It’s a plan that is –
- Specific – what specifically do you want? Make it positive! Example: I want to lose 30 pounds of fat.
- Measurable – How will you know, along the way, that you’ve achieved what you want? Example: measure my weight on the scale, get a body fat test, measure my circumference.
- Actions – What actions might I need to take to achieve my desired outcome? Example: Clean out the pantry, cupboards, and refrigerator by removing sugar and processed foods.
- Reasons – What are the reasons why I want this goal/dream. List the positive reasons (what good would come of my doing these actions?) of why and the negative reasons (what bad/negative thing could potentially happen if I don’t achieve my goal)? Example: Positive – So, I can tie my shoes without putting my foot upon my knee. Negative – If I don’t do this, I may become diabetic.
- Time – How soon do I want this outcome? Typically, give yourself 90-days for a SMART Plan. If you need more time, there are probably some sub-goals that would help you get to the bigger goal.
- Once a plan is established, ask for some accountability. You can do that with a trusted friend, a spouse, a counselor, or a coach.
Just in case you’re not convinced that writing a plan is the way to go – Goal setting is rooted deep in psychology. Taking the time to set goals achieves greater success. It is not to say that all persons living a life of “let life take its course” will fail. However, success at a higher level of transformation is not readily achieved. Setting a plan and sticking to the action steps, course-correcting as needed, and focusing on the outcome goes farther in achieving the goal.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” ~ Albert Einstein
Give the SMART Plan a go and see where it takes you.