The Power of Goal Setting

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 05 Jan, 2017

Goals are dreams with deadlines

Many people work hard, but they don't seem to get anywhere worthwhile, so every year the resolution-merry-go-round comes, and then goes as quickly.

Personally I don't believe in New Year resolutions : to me they sounds like something that we should do,that might be good for us, but boy they are such a pain and sacrifice  that we give up at the first obstacle or opportunity ( let's face it, we give up quite easily too ).
I know about this all too well with my past resolution to "go to the gym", " exercise" and so on... I'm simply not an exercise person, it doesn't do anything for me, it doesn't excite me. I love art, architecture, history, beautiful things , this is what I love and I found something to satisfy all my needs instead: walking.
I can meditate and listen to tapes whilst doing it, look at my surroundings and admire beautiful things ( ok, not always, but you know what I mean), it gets me places and I can do it in No Extra Time to normal life  plus it is free.
Et voila, I'm exercising ... ;-)

Back to the subject, a key reason why people feel they are not getting anywhere is that they haven't spent enough time thinking about what they really want from life, and haven't set themselves formal goals. 

Goal setting (not target setting or tasks listing) is a powerful process for thinking about the ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn the vision of this future into reality,  "goals are dreams with deadlines"  -quote - Tony Robbins.
The process of setting goals helps choosing where you want to go in life.

Top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields all set goals. Setting goals gives long-term vision and short-term motivation, focuses acquisition of knowledge, and helps organising time and resources so that one can make the very most of life.

Clearly defined goals can be measured and the forward progress tracked, instead of a long pointless grind, and this creates self-perpetuating confidence ( the further progress, the more confidence, the more confidence, the more achievement and progress, and so on).

The first step is to create the"big picture" of what you want to do with your life - longer term -  and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
Then, break these down, smaller and smaller, into targets that you must hit to reach the lifetime goals.
You can then start working to achieve these goals.

The important thing is to choose well:what are you passionate about? What do you really want to be and do in life? What is really important to you? Ask yourself, what would I want for my life if I knew I could have anything I wanted?
What would I go for if I knew I could not fail?  

The next is to know the why: why do you want to be and do all those things? What will they give you?
Do not question or doubt your capability and dream big.

Setting goals that are outside your comfort zone of know-how and confidence causes resistance that shows up as fear and/or anxiety. Setting big goals and reviewing them regularly can be incredibly uncomfortable because it highlights one own scepticism about self-worth and abilities.
Our lives reflect exactly where we feel we should be, the level where we feel safe.

When you set goal that are substantially beyond your current reality, you are opening the imaginative, visionary part of your mind (opposed to the linear, analytical part) and unleash the creativity in you.
When we set a goal that is only incrementally bigger than where we are now, we do not consider the bigger vision of what is possible (that's why you must start with the dream first and THEN break it down).

Set goals for each area of your life, write them down and review them regularly :

  1. Personal development goals (what type of person do you want to be)
  2. Career/business/economic goals (what do you want to achieve)
  3. Fun goals (what do want to experience)
  4. Contribution goals (what do you want to give)
Achieving big goals require a change in thinking, actions and, sometime, in self-identity.
Big goals inspire and motivate. 

" When you begin to believe that anything is possible, anything is possible" Margaret M. Lynch

So #DreamBig and #make2017great xxx

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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