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Do you set goals in various areas of your life, such as skating, school, family and fun? Maybe you’ve only been setting objectives for skating while allowing other areas of your life to work themselves out. First, I want to point out that if you’re setting goals in any area, you are on a path leading to success. Those who set goals in any way prove to lead happier, more successful lives than those who do not set goals. However, if you want your targets to have the most impact, it’s important to set objectives in several parts of your life. Focusing all of your attention on only your skating can actually make your goals less effective since they are carrying more weight than goals that share aspirations in other domains, causing you to feel more stress about your skating.
So, what happens when you set objectives in skating as well as in school, family, and fun? You start to remember that skating, though important and might be what you love most, isn’t everything. This reminder can relieve an immense amount of pressure, allowing your goals to feel more enjoyable—and when your goals are more enjoyable they’re also more attainable because you’re more engaged and present with possibility rather than fear of failure.
You don’t have to stick with the categories I’ve listed above; you can change or add anything that makes sense for you. You might want to have categories such as health, art, career, etc. The most wonderful thing about goal setting, in my opinion, is that you are the author of your own story and you’re not letting anyone else hold the pen! Essentially, as author Elizabeth Gilbert writes about in Big Magic, you are bringing forth the unique treasures that are hidden within you.
Setting intentions and objectives in assorted areas brings more fulfillment to your life. This isn’t to say that there will always be balance across skating, school, family and fun, etc. It will feel more like a wheel that turns as your focus goes from one category to the next. Sometimes a few areas will be given more attention than others. But as you continually reassess and prioritize your goals the balance will continue to shift where and when it needs to. Having a goal coach is a great way to help prioritize and stay on track with the various areas that you set goals in, holding you accountable to what you set out to achieve.
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I’d love to hear from you, share your thoughts on goal setting and the areas that are most important to you in your life.
Happy goal setting! XO Kristen