Finding Your Purpose and Direction: Setting Goals

Finding your purpose and direction can really help you grow in every aspect of your life. Whether it is personal or in business, the foundation of your success starts with you as your greatest resource! Here are some feelings I've gone through on my blogging journey, and if you have felt any of these at some point in time then this write up is for you.

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Barriers that deter us from finding our path to success:

  • Your Goal is unclear. What am I doing and why? 
  • You feel disconnected to your actions;
  • You are feeling unsure or with lack of self-esteem or motivation
  • You don't know where to start or want to perfect something before moving on

The list could go on, but the first step to understanding your purpose and direction is knowing the greatest resource is you! In order to find your purpose and direction and SLAY the Boss Babe in you, this should help you get a super clear direction so you can begin to make progress.

First Things First: Your Direction, Purpose, and Clarity will Continously Change

We are always growing and redirecting our energy. It is important to recognize that in order to find your purpose, your journey will be always changing and evolving. The only way to gain clarity is to continue to try new opportunities and continue moving. Momentum is what will carry you in the right direction, and changing direction is never going to be wrong. Your goals 5 years ago may not be your goals now, and this is totally normal. 

Start to ask yourself and write down:

  1. How Clear are my Goals right now? 
  2. Why aren't my goals clearer?
  3. What would I like my purpose to be?

Living With Intention

If your direction seems everchanging and you can't make up your mind, or if you feel like you can't accomplish something, or you feel undecided, these are all feelings that people experience at some point of their lives. Identify what is creating a barrier between you and your purpose, focus on that barrier, and make a conscious decision to recenter yourself and use that energy to find clarity. 

Re-calibrating your Energy

In order to re-calibrate your energy and continue to find clarity, this one technique has changed the way I interact with myself throughout the day. This technique has been taught by Brendon Burchard, a motivational speaker, and high-performance coach. 

Write down 3 words that best describe the person you want to be. Then set an alarm on your phone to go off EVERY DAY with each word. Here is what mine looks like: 

I want to Lead, be Inspirational, and stay positive. My alarms are:

  • 8:30 AM - Lead
  • 12:00 PM - Inspire
  • 8:00 PM - Stay Positive

Once you've set this up, which is a very exciting feeling, sit down and think about these words and how you embody them TODAY and what changes you need to make in order to embody them tomorrow and every day after that.

Set Goals You Can Achieve

Have you heard the phrase, work smart, not hard?  This is exactly what you should be applying to your goals. In order to create goals that you can achieve, they need to be specific and answer these questions:

  • What is the goal
  • By When do I need to accomplish it
  • Why do I want to accomplish it
  • What will I accomplish by finishing it
  • How will I get there
  • What tools/resources do I need to complete this?

Goals also have to be measurable, meaning you need to know if you are progressing and how far do you need to keep going in order to determine whether you are close to accomplishing your goal. In order to find out the measurability of your goals, ask these questions next: 

  • When I finish, what does success look like?
  • How much time do I need to put into this goal realistically? How long will it take to accomplish?
  • How many resources do I need in order to accomplish this and have I acquired any of these tools, resources? 

Analyze and Write Down: 

  1. Create at least 3 goals you want to accomplish in the next 12 months (Your yearly goals)
  2. Break these goals down into 6 months
  3. Break the same goals down into 3 months
  4. Read through your goals and create ONE sentence that summarizes your goals
Vision Board

Use your Sentence to Create Your Vision Board

Your vision board can be small or large, use this activity to find images that determine not only your goals and your main objective, but the WHY's

  • Why is this goal important to you?
  • Why would it fulfill you
  • How will it make you feel when you achieve it

Now that you know what you want, or have some ideas, make sure you write down what you don't want. 

If you were to deviate from your goals, what are some things you definitely don't want to stray into? What is it you don't want for yourself? 

Write Down What you don't want: 

  1. What don't you want that you are still doing or involved in? 
  2. Why haven't you been able to disengage? 
  3. Write down 3 steps you will take to disengage from what you don't want
  4. Replace those with 3 things you KNOW you want
  5. How can you get those 3 things you want?

Visualize what you want

The power of visualization is amazing. Personally, back in 2014, I had competed in a beauty pageant: Miss Grand International. At the beginning of the year, I had told myself that I was going to WIN this pageant. I manifested it. 

For the entire year, I visualized myself wearing the crown; I could imagine what the crown looked like on my head and how much it weighed. I imagined being on stage and the exact steps I was going to take in all different parts of the contest. Every day I would think about this image up to the exact detail of what dress I was wearing, the feeling of being on stage and the feeling of winning. Up to that point, then it was up to me to fill in the blanks. 

The power of visualization is incredibly strong, and by creating the vision for your goal, you are preparing yourself for performance. It is up to you to fill in the blanks on HOW to get there, as long as you know you WILL get there.

Picture yourself achieving your highest goal:

  • What does it feel like to achieve this goal?

  • What did you do to achieve it? 

  • How did others view you in a positive light after you achieved it? 

Write down all of these emotions and steps in a journal, go back and visualize this as often as you want, and continue to execute your plan and change direction as often as you need to in order to achieve this. I hope these activities have helped motivate you and give you a clear direction. Set your goals, create your vision board, set your alarms, and visualize your purpose. 

I'd love to hear if this helped you and what your goals are, feel free to write them down in the comments below!