Goals are great and can help in all areas of our life, because they face us forward and if done properly, they foster change, transformation, achievement and success, all of which boost our confidence. Coooooool! 👍
Goals force you to think about what you want, breaking it down into actionable steps, and setting a deadline, so goals help you to GET THINGS DONE. 💪
Getting things done has a positive impact on confidence and ensuring that your goals are smart goals, you’ll be making measurable progress in no time.
When progress is measurable, it gives you a big boost in confidence and that confidence in turn, is all you need to get the courage to tackle your next set of goals. So darlings, it’s a perpetual cycle of win-win! 💃🏽 💃🏽 💃🏽
Let’s look at this process of goal setting, a little closer. 🔍
First, determine what it is you want to achieve. What is your specific goal going to be?
Notice that I said specific because unless you set a real, well-defined goal, it’s going to be difficult to measure your success and that might make it too easy to give up or to feel like you are not getting anywhere, dealing your confidence a huge blow. And nobody wants that! 💩
🔹 For example, I would say, that wanting to lose weight, get in shape, or having money in the bank, are admirable starting thoughts and can definitely have a hand in confidence boosting, but actually, they are not real, defined and measurable goals.
If you don’t know how much weight you want to lose, you don’t have anything to measure your progress by and you could easily become disillusioned.
Wanting to lose 10 pounds, a two-pound weight loss would be a great first step but if you don’t know how many pounds you want to lose, or WHEN by, you won’t be motivated by a deadline, causing you to drift or procrastinate and you won’t know if those two pounds are where you can stop, or if they are a small drop in the bucket.
🔹 What about if your goal is to get “in shape”? Well, I would advise that you need to know what “in shape” looks and feels like for you.
Does it mean keeping up with your toddler when you’re running around in the playground? Or does it mean running a marathon next year?
These are two very different goals that both fall under “in shape”. Yet the preparation and what it takes to reach each goal is very different.
🔹 The same holds true for the idea of having money in the bank. That’s all it is, an idea. It’s not a bad starting point to set a goal, but it’s not an actual goal.
Do you want a couple of hundred pounds in the bank after paying off all your outstanding consumer debt, do you want to save up £10,000 for a down payment on a house, or do you want to have six months’ worth of living expenses in savings as a financial safety net?
Those are all very different goals that all fall under the idea of “money in the bank”. They may even amount to a fairly similar quantity, but the motivation behind them and the use for that money is different. 💷 🤑
👉 Setting goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound are important parts of setting goals that will help you boost your confidence.
👉 So, don’t just throw a random number out there, whether it’s money in the bank, pounds lost, or how fast you can run a mile. Make it mean something to you.
👉 It’s much easier to stick to a specific goal, that means something to you (achievable and revelant) e.g. saving £10,000 for a down payment on your dream house.
You’ll be able to stick to eating beans and rice twice a week and cutting back the cable package if you know how long it’s for and it’s to realise your dream of homeownership.
Not only that, but as you get closer and closer to your goal, you’ll be pleased with what you’re doing and your progress, your confidence increases with each measurable step, and who wouldn't want that?! 😃