It’s the new year, which means it’s time to dream of new goals and steps for how to achieve them. Want to know the real secret to crushing your 2016 goals? Creating an affirmation statement, first. Learn more below!
Alright, friends. It’s the New Year which can only mean one thing – goal setting. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been bombarded with articles and emails reminding me that I need to be setting some goals for 2016. Oh, you too?
I’ve blocked time on my calendar this week to do just that. But, there’s one problem. The thought of setting new goals and writing them down on paper sounds exciting, but when I actually get down to business, I find something else to fill my time with. The task of setting new goals gets pushed further and further down on my to-do list, becoming more of a chore than something to look forward to.
To help combat this procrastination problem of mine, I’ve decided to approach goal setting differently this year. That’s right – I’m going against the current on this one. I have a feeling this year is going to be a good one and I want to tackle it head on with all of the tools I need to set myself up for success.
I like to think of my first step in goal setting as the hammer in the toolbox. It’s the tool that is going to drive everything else into place with each swing (or in this case, action).
So what is this “hammer” in my toolbox, you ask? It’s something I call, an affirmation statement. Maybe you’ve heard of this before?
What exactly is an affirmation?
According to the dictionary (aka Google), an affirmation is the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed; the declaration that something is true. It can also be characterized as emotional support or encouragement.
What does an affirmation statement have to do with goal setting?
I find that whether it is the process of setting goals or taking the necessary steps to achieve my goals, I often have to be in the right frame of mind. I find it much easier to tackle the given task when I am feeling confident, empowered, and able.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “the body achieves what the mind believes”. While this phrase can be applied to many areas of life, I believe it couldn’t be truer when talking about achieving the goals we’ve set for ourselves.
But notice the order in which this phrase is read. The mind first has to believe in order for the body to achieve. This, my friends, is why I’ve chosen to create an affirmation statement for myself to set the tone for my 2016 goals and why I would encourage you to do the same! Creating an affirmation statement that is unique to you will help your mind believe, allowing your body to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.
So what is my affirmation statement for 2016?
I am focused. I am fearless. I am to have fun.
I am focused. I chose this because if you have reading this blog for some time, you would know that I quit my full time job last fall to pursue my passion of nutrition and wellness. Along with this leap of faith comes a lot of freedom in my choices and career paths, and I want to be sure that I am focused on where I want to be so that I make decisions that compliment my end goal, not distract me from it.
I am fearless. My dream career is to have my own income-producing brand and health coaching business and I know that in order to get there, I am going to have to take risks. Quitting my job to pursue my passions was the first leap of faith, but I know there are still more to come and I want to be fearless in my decisions.
I am to have fun. You might laugh at this one, but sometimes, I need to remind myself to lighten up a little! Pursuing a new career and your own business is, well, serious business, and it can be easy to get wrapped up in the to-dos, the obligations and the pressure I put on myself. I need to remind myself that chasing after my dreams is hard work, but to have fun and enjoy the process along the way.
Creating an affirmation statement and reminding yourself of it daily can be a powerful tool in your toolbox to crushing your goals in 2016. You are capable of anything you set your mind to and an affirmation statement can help you believe in yourself and what you want to achieve. Whether it’s one word or many, I believe it has the power to help your mind believe, so that your body can achieve!