Archive | February, 2017

The Glory of Reaching the Goal

26 Feb

On few posts I mentioned about my big goal, my degree in law…
corona alloroThen finally I reached the goal!!!

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.
To accomplish your goals,  you need to know how to set them.
You can’t simply say, “I want” and expect it to happen.
Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between there are some very well defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Knowing these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish.

to do listI set my goals a lot of time, changes and ri-arranged them time to time accordingly to my work, my free time, my stuff in general. I set ten rules to stay focus and five golden rules to don’t despair that I’d like to share.

Ten good habits to have to reach your goals:

  1.  Pay attention to your energy level: if your vital state is low, none of your action will be productive. That means that you need to stay fueled in your body but also in your mind: eating to boost your energy.
  2. Adequate sleep: seven hours of sleep it’s the best you can do. Don’t be lazy in the morning and don’t indulge with technologies before bedtime. More benefits of sleep here.
  3. Healthy food: like you know I have a vegan-raw lifestyle and I assure you that eat more than 5/6 portions of fruit and vegetables par day it’s the best way to nourish your body and your mind in an healthy way.. trust me!
  4. Exercise regularly: 3/4 times a week for 45/50 minutes a day… choose what you like: walking, swimming, running, biking, doing yoga, pilates…whatever you want but Move Your Body.
  5. Regular routine: plan your day and writing down your goals for the day. Use the bullet journal method or write your day in a calendar. It’s important that you have clearly in your mind what to do in your day and what you need to prioritize.
  6. Stay properly hydrate: bring with you a bottle of water, track down how many glass of water you had, use spray facial water. The results of lack of water are spleepiness, craving food, fatigue etc…See more here
  7. Take frequents breaks: I use the “Pomodoro Technique“. I set my 45 minutes of intense work and 15 minutes of relax where I go out, eat something, check internet, listen some music. Don’t stay at your desk o work station, you need to break and tell you mind Now you’re free to recharge!
  8.  Keep distractions to a minimum: of you’re engaged in a hard project or work or study time, please please please keep away every tools that distract you until you get your work done. Here some tips!
  9. Focus on your goals: if you cannot remain focused on your goals, you will lose momentum and fail to make the progress you desire. This soon leads to a loss of confidence and motivation. Create a vision board: a collage of pictures and images that represent your goals and dreams. It helps you to visualize your end goals more clearly, which inevitably inspires you to take consistent action. Not only that, it also serves to remind you of your goals every day when you see the board. Also stay focus on your plan.
  10. Keep stress to a minimum: when those stressful feelings start creeping up, sometimes the best thing you can do is to just step away from the source of the issues. To make this more effective, figure out what helps you de-stress. It’s different for everyone. You may get relief from a yoga session, meditating, listening to upbeat music, or taking a few minutes to write in your journal. Whatever it is, take a break from what’s stressing you out and do your favorite de-stressing activity, even it’s just for a few minutes. Try to walk and smile people you encounter!

And now my five golden rules to don’t panic and despair

  1. Set Goals That Motivate You: when you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim. Motivation is key to achieving goals. Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life. Without this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals, leaving you too little time to devote to each one. Goal achievement requires commitment, so to maximize the likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an “I must do this” attitude.

  2. Set SMART Goals: you have probably read my post of SMART goals already. But do you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART.

  3. Set Goals in Writing: the physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. As you write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might.” The first goal statement has power and you can “see” yourself reducing expenses, the second lacks passion and gives you an excuse if you get sidetracked.

  4. Make an Action Plan: this step is often missed in the process of goal setting. Writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal.

  5. Stick With It! Goal setting is an ongoing activity not just a means to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Make sure the relevance, value, and necessity remain high.

A list of book that I read to stay motivated and productive:

  • The Discipline Manifesto: Conquering Procrastination and Harnessing Willpower in 5 Steps by Julio Lara
  • How to Organize Yourself (Creating Success) by John Caunt
  • Setting Goals Worksheet with 7 Goal Setting Templates! by Paul Maxwell
  • The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo
  • Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series)
  • Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body Kindle Edition by Stephanie L. Tourles
  • How To Set Goals: Ultimate Goal Setting Guide to Having Your Best Year Ever by Craig Ballantyne
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

More inspiration from Seth Godin, Leo Babauta, Gretchen Rubin and Sheryl Sandberg and TEDTalks!

See you soon…

 

 

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