Happy New Year gorgeous ones. It’s officially 2018! Does anyone else feel like, despite the year passing by in a flash, yesterday went incredibly slow? Having the first day of the month land on a Monday feels good for the soul don’t you think? The start of a new week always makes the perfect beginning of a new chapter, so Monday the 1st January 2018 is like heaven right about now.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to decide what it is I want to achieve in 2018. What goals I wanted to set for myself. I have my vision board of course, with three things I’d like to make happen in life. My “outer goals” if you like.
Outer goals are goals with a destination, designed to make you seem successful to the outer world. For example, a car, promotion, a house, expensive clothes etc. In terms of blogging, this could be winning an award, hitting a certain amount of views per month, reaching 10k on Instagram. All these goals have a destination.
But the trouble with only having outer goals is that you reach the finishing point and yet, there’s a chance said goals won’t bring you the fulfilment you thought they would. So, you move the goal post and continue to try to reach the next achievement. And the next one after that. The goal posts keep moving and you become frustrated.
I’m hugely guilty of achieving a goal, and moving straight on to the next without taking a second to sit and celebrate or realise what I’ve done. It never feels good enough and up until this point I’ve never felt completely fulfilled. I’m always looking for the next success. And to be frank, it can be draining. Which is why I’m changing my mindset
Welcome “Core Goals”.
Core goals bring meaning to your life. Core goals mean you’re are choosing to live your life a certain way so you focus on the journey instead of the destination.
It’s about asking yourself, how do you want to feel on a daily basis. Do you want to feel stressed, working hard, so you can hit your goal, and then move onto the next because the finish line keeps getting further and further away?
I want to be creative on a daily basis.
I want to feel content, relaxed and happy on a daily basis.
I want to add more adventure into my life.
Core goals mean you can achieve something on a daily basis. You’re in a flow state of mind, which means you remove the track of time, and you’re not living for tomorrow. You’re living in the now. How often have you wished the day away because you’re living for tomorrow? I know I have.
But with core goals, you make small changes to your daily life to aid how you feel. I love photography, so in a bid to become more creative, I’ll start by carrying my camera in my bag every day. I’ll also wake up earlier so I can have a relaxed start to the day, instead of a mad dash with a frantic commute. I’ve already started adding more adventure into my life by booking a solo trip to San Francisco in March of this year, but I intend to say yes to the things that excite me, and no to the things that don’t.
Of course everyone should still have an outer goal or two. Hell, I’d love to hit 10k on Instagram. But it also needs to be aligned with your core goal. If taking photographs on a daily basis to help me be more creative, in turn leads to more Instagram followers, then that’s the secret to success for me.
Focus more on how you feel, rather than how people perceive you. You’ll feel great on the inside instead of just looking good from the outside. Do you have any core goals this year? What are your outer goals?
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