It's a brand new year and that means new goals and resolutions.
We know when your noggin hits the pillow at night, you dream big and this year we're challenging you to declare your dreams out loud #goalbigger!
Before you say the usual goals like "splits on both sides" or "run 15 laps", think about your big dream. These are fantastic short-term goals to improve your flexibility and endurance but we want you to think about how your short-term goals are the small steps to achieving your biggest dreams.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Are you touring for the Nutcracker, did you make the state level team, or even the Olympic team? The key to achieving your dreams - big and small - is setting all the right goals right now.
Our ivivva goals specialist Cecily put together a few pointers on how to start setting your goals:
1. Anything is possible. Recognize that you are exactly where you need to be to do whatever you want. Know that you are the creator of your awesome life and only you can write your own story.
2. Start a vision. What's a vision? A picture that you paint of what your life looks like in the future. Think five years from now - are you graduating or just starting high school? What sports are you playing? Are you rocking at your favourite activity or are you doing something new, something you haven't tried yet? Who is around you - friends, family, classmates? Who supports you? Who are your inspirations?
Here are some fun ways to start:
- Start a picture board and cut out magazine photos of people that inspire you or things you hope to accomplish. Include family photos or photo booth sessions with friends you love and want in your life. Glue everything to a huge poster board and put it up in your bedroom.
- If you're on Pinterest, start a #goalbigger board and pin things from your fave websites and about your fave athletes.
- Post a weekly Instagram or tweet of your #goalbigger inspirations.
3. Set short-term goals that will be the baby steps to achieving your big dream. If "running 15 laps" is going to help you get on the Canadian track team. Set it! Give yourself a date to accomplish it by and stick to it.
4. Half of your goals should be unthinkable. That's right, you should not reach 50 per cent of your goals. If you're hitting every one, consider challenging yourself more.
5. Reflect. If you didn't reach your goal like making the 'A' team or getting first place at the competition, ask yourself why not? Did you love the training and people you practiced with? Did attempting this goal make you feel good about yourself? Did you have fun? If your answer is no, then maybe it's not really your goal - and that's ok. Reflect on what you did love like learning new moves, meeting new friends, and figure out what new goals you can create to support doing the things you love. If you can't wait to try again next year, put it back in your long-term goals and rework your short-term goals to help you achieve it next time.
Share with us on Twitter and Instagram what your biggest dream is using the hashtag #goalgetter. Ask any questions or tips and we'll be here to help.
Look out for next week's blog on long-term goal-setting with a peek inside what it's like to work at ivivva.