If you set them, they will come…

January 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm 2 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and I feel a little like I’ve fallen off the blogging bandwagon.

In the spirit of yoga, I’m setting my intention to get back to my blog (and a long list of other things to get back to including eating healthy and drinking more water!).

To kick things off and get myself into gear, I did a little 2010 goal planning! As you may remember from before, planning goals is one of my favourite things to do.

I’m sure there are several different ways to set goals, and hopefully throughout the next year I will explore even more of these so that I may actually be able to check more off my list. But one thing I learned recently that really helped me in setting these goals is to put a specific “formula” to it, and also to plan for the next 1, 3 and 10 years (it sounded daunting to me at first but turned out to be so INSPIRING!).

I had always tried to follow the SMART goal formula before (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely), but for some reason that just never worked for me.

What did work was the following: I will “x” by “month” “year”.

easy. done.

As simple as this sounds, I can’t believe how much more it actually helped me instead of just writing “I will drink more water”; “I will go eat more veggies” or “I will not listen to the cat when she tells me to stay in for the night instead of going out with my friends”.

Writing the goal in a positive and decisive tone such as “I will” as opposed to “I want to” definitely makes you feel more empowered and believing that this is something you really will achieve.

I also think being able to plan out for the next few years as well, really changed the way I looked at goal planning. I realized that I will need to complete certain things (that might fall in my 1 year goal planning for example) for me to get to where I want to be in my 3 year goal plan. Another AHA! moment for me was when I related this back to yoga: you can’t expect to get into full Dancer’s Pose after only a few classes. You need to take the time to build the foundation and make sure that your body has the strength, balance and coordination in needs for all elements to come together in the beautiful end result.

So, using those principles here are some of goals that I came up with for myself for the next 1, 3 and 10 years:

My 1 Year Goals:

My goals within the next year include completing my Moksha yoga teacher training (July 2010) and teacher training for kids and teens (October 2010). I will become more involved in my community by March 2010 and I will run a 10K by October 2010. I will launch my new business venture with a large philanthropic and green twist to it by June 2010. I will also find a career that I am passionate about, and help me achieve my own goals by December 2010. By October 2010 I will be in school for Holistic Nutrition or another accredited program that aligns with my goals. I will realize my dream of starting a foundation to benefit children at Sick Kids hospital by December 2010. My yoga practice will improve and I will have tried 12 different studios/classes throughout the year (one each month) by December 2010.

My 3 Year Goals

My goals for the next three years include getting my yoga teacher certification for pre and post natal yoga by April 2011.  I will learn to surf in Costa Rica by October 2011 (a lifelong dream!) and also be a new home owner in the month of December (2011)! 2012 sees me achieving goals such as becoming certified to teach yoga to athletes and specializing in teaching yoga to children athletes (hockey, soccer etc.) by August 2012. I will complete a tri-tri with my boyfriend and conquer my nervousness of swimming in open water (with help of swimming lessons!) by August of 2012. The Yoga Girl blog will expand to include a website and will be a great resource for yogis within the GTA looking to it for advice on all of the current yoga trends, articles, product reviews, videos and all other local and Canadian yoga content by June 2013.

My 10 Year Goals

My goals within in the next 10 years are to open a yoga practice/studio that benefits children, teens, pre and post natal women as well as families by December 2015. I will be working with the local school boards in the GTA to bring yoga into classrooms for children by September 2016. I will have a family of my own by December 2015. My husband and I will purchase our dream home in the country by September 2016 and will begin renovations and DIY projects by December of the same year. I will get certified to teach yoga to golfers by February 2017 and will be holding sessions combining yoga and golf for both women and men at local golf courses by December 2017. I will also be launching a new company for kids focusing on health by November 2018. Our renovations on the house will be complete by August 2018 and I will begin hosting regular parties for family and friends. I will be a presenter at The Yoga Conference by April 2019 and focus on topics such as yoga for children and athletes. I will be a recognized figure within the yoga community and improve my writing skills by November 2019. I will also be a contract/guest writer for publications such as Yoga Journal, Oxygen and Chatelaine by the same month. I will be making appearances and speaking engagements about the benefits of yoga for children and athletes by April 2020.

So, considering I am just a girl working a corporate job at the moment with a passion for yoga and some big dreams and goals, I need to get moving and set my foundations!

Step one is for me to post these where I can see them often and review them to keep myself on track.

What are some of your goals? I’d love to hear them!

Happy goal planning & Namaste.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kirsten  |  April 10, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Hi, I just found your blog! Really like how you have outlined all of your goals – very cool!

    Reply
  • 2. Well Hello, Old Friend! « The Yoga Girl  |  April 22, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    […] calling me and I have some exciting news to share on that front as well (as well as some updated goals!). I’ve got some great ideas for the blog, lots of stories to share and some great new […]

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