Here’s what I wrote down:
- To run a marathon by December 31, 2017.
I thought to myself, this is a good sounding goal. There are a lot of respectable reasons I chose this as a goal:
- Running supports my intention for a healthy body.
- A race gives me something to strive for.
- I’ve run marathons in the past, so I know I can do it and I know what it takes.
- I have a specific time frame (by the end of the year) to accomplish this.
But…as I looked at the goal, I realized I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about it.
I want to get fit, and running a marathon feels like a step in the right direction. At the same time, the goal I wrote down felt as if I were simply adding one more thing to my already busy to-do list.
If you’re a person who makes new year’s resolutions or sets different goals for your life, you might have some goals on your list that feel like mine. They sound good on paper, but there’s still something else missing.
So what do you do with a blah sounding goal?
You can do what I did, and “juice” it up!
Are you willing to try this out? If so, play along with me.
Take a moment to think of a goal that you’d like to accomplish.
It could be a goal for this week, this month, this quarter or this year. It could be related to your career, your finances, your health, your relationships, your spiritual growth, your travel, anything.
Have you thought of a goal? Now, write it down.
Read it over. As you look at it, exactly as you wrote it, rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 on how exciting and fun it sounds to you (1 is completely boring and feels like a chore, and 10 is outright fun, exciting and fabulous).
If your goal isn’t resonating at a top level 10 of fun and excitement for you, that's perfectly fine.
However, if you'd like to raise the energy and vibration of your goal, even by a little bit, here’s one question that you can ask:
- How can I make this goal more fun, more exciting and easier to accomplish?
As I sat in this workshop looking at my goal of running a marathon, I silently asked myself this one question. How can I make this goal more fun, more exciting and easier to accomplish? And the answer immediately came to me and lit me up!
- My new juicier goal: This year, I’ll run the Disney Half-Marathon! Woohoo!
When I wrote this new goal on my paper, my body got tingly. I sat up straighter in my chair and I felt a surge of energy as I imagined running through the Magic Kingdom with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy cheering me on.
In my heart, running through Disneyland sounds like a lot of fun. And with this picture in my mind, it feels a lot easier for me to do the training because I have this exciting goal in mind.
What comes up for you when you think about how your goal can be more fun, more exciting and easier to accomplish?
If nothing comes up quickly, take some time to sit with this question. Feel free to ask for suggestions from others in your life who are supportive of your dreams. Be open to hearing the answers from surprising and delightful places.
And…if, after all this, your goal still doesn’t seem like there's any room for fun, then there might be some room to explore whether you want to have this as a goal in the first place.
I believe that every one of us is meant to live our lives with joy and purpose, in our own unique ways. Where are you feeling the call for more joy in your life?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and musings about making your goals more juicy. Please feel free to leave a comment below.
- Santa Monica Promenade – Tues, Feb 7, 12-1pm
- Hollywood – Tues, Feb 14, 12:30-1:30pm
- Downtown Los Angeles / Fine Arts Building, Wed, Feb 15, 12-1pm
- La Brea & Santa Monica Blvd – Thurs, Feb 16, 12-1pm
- Long Beach – TBD