Goals are the way to set the road map of your life and set a plan to achieve your intentions. Without a goal, you are like a ship at sea with no rudder, no compass, and no destination in mind. Written goals provide direction and are more effective if captured in a specific, measurable way with a timeline and action steps, and someone to help hold you accountable. Research shows that if you write down your goals and share them with others, you are more likely to achieve them. The Goals section of LyfeSpark is where you create your plan of action on your path to success and achievement.

Action Steps

Once your goal has been created, you can add steps. How do you build a yellow brick road? One brick at a time. Make a list of the steps that you will need to take to achieve your goal. You can add as many action steps as you like, and when you complete an item, you can check it as complete. The goal tracker bar will give you visual progress update as you take steps to realize your goal. And goals are flexible. As you pursue your goal, you may realize more steps are needed, or that some you originally thought to be important are not necessary, so you can edit your goal as you go. Use the tools to help you get what you want, and allow yourself the opportunity to be flexible and creative in achieving them.

Obstacle Planning

As counterintuitive as it sounds, there is value in thinking about potential obstacles that might delay or block the achievement of you goal. This is not being negative, it is being proactive. Distractions and hurdles, regardless of the source, come up every day. By planning for obstacles, you have an opportunity to find ways to overcome them before they even happen, so they do not stop you when they arise. Research has shown that when goal setters wrote down potential obstacles, they were more likely to achieve their goals than those who did not write down any obstacles – even if they did not encounter those obstacles. Capturing the potential blocks in advance focuses your mind on creative problem solving before the issues even arise so you can keep moving when the obstacles come up.

Keeping it Private

Having the choice to keep a goal private is an important right. Although we encourage people to share their goals to get encouragement and ideas from others, and to add accountability, it is not always the best choice for every situation. For example, you may want to find a new job – yet you do not want your co-workers or boss to know that you are looking. Because of this, you can choose whether you want your goal to be Private or Public, or you can restrict the goal sharing to just certain people. With the Private setting, your goal will only be seen by you.

Public Sharing

It would be great if you could live your life out loud and make all your goals public within the LyfeSpark community or share them on other social media platforms. There is a value in sharing – both for you and others. For others, it gives them permission to set risky goals and declare them too. For you, sharing your goals is like making a public declaration – which is sometimes just enough incentive to get it done. Sharing your goals will also allow others to comment on your goals and the progress you make, celebrating your successes and giving you ideas to move forward. And with LyfeSpark, you decide whether to keep those comments as future motivation or delete them if they do not serve to support you.

Vision Boards and Images

On LyfeSpark, your goals can be linked to a Vision Board. For example, if you have a Vision Board about living a healthy life, you might have many goals to support you reaching that vision of who you want to be or become on the physical level. If you are not into creating Vision Boards, you can just select one picture that represents your individual goal. As you add multiple goals with a different picture for each goal, you can easily create a vision board later, just using all those images and adding some quotes or sayings or reminders to yourself.

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