Posted by: silverliningsblog | January 1, 2015

GREAT goals – E-magine what you really want

“Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.”
—Bob Proctor

122Note: This is Part 4 in a 7-part series called GREAT goals: How to get what you want this year!

Now that you have reviewed your successes and transformed your challenges, you are hopefully feeling positive. This higher level of energy is a terrific place to create new goals, intentions, and dreams from!

Your goals should really come from what you want most passionately. What makes you feel joyful, enthusiastic, and exuberant?

1. Think about what you really want now in all areas of your life. This should be fun and feel good. Pretend you are shopping from the universal store of possibilities. Assume there are no limits to what you can have/do/be, and allow yourself to dream big!

Here are some categories you may want to consider:

  • Personal growth (what you do to learn new ideas/skills)
  • Health & fitness (how you care for your body)
  • Spirituality (how you connect with your higher self/source)
  • Loving relationships (how you nurture relationships with your partner/kids/family/friends)
  • Career success (doing something you love and having a sense of purpose)
  • Financial wealth (creating abundance through work, investments, passive income)
  • Happy home (what you do to make your home and family life amazing!)
  • Giving back (how you help and serve your friends, family, community, world)
  • Having fun! (how you enjoy your life: relaxation, social events, travel, hobbies)

2. Affirm what you want. When writing your goals, it is important to identify what you want (as opposed to what you don’t want), and to be clear about why you want it and how you will feel when you achieve it. So write your goals in the present tense, using positive words that affirmatively state you have already accomplished your goal, and how you will feel as a result.

For example, instead of saying “I want to lose 50 pounds so I don’t have muffin top,” say “At 125 pounds, I feel fit and look great in my clothes!” Or instead of saying “I want to get out of debt,” say “I have $10,000 in the bank, and love having the freedom to buy what I want, when I want!” (Insert the figures of your choice.)

3. Pick three to five goals that are most important to you from your list of goals. (Studies show that focusing on a few key goals at a time helps people feel less overwhelmed and be more likely to succeed.) You can of course work on more goals if you want, or add a new goal each time you check one off. This just gives you a starting point so you know where to focus your efforts.

4. Visualize each goal one at a time, imagining what it will look, feel, and sound like. Spend at least 5 minutes on each goal. (I like to do this in the bathtub before bed.) You can be as general or detailed as you like: the key is that you can imagine it, and that it feels good to you. If you are feeling a sense of resistance in your gut (or hearing “yeah, but…” in your head), you may want to do some detective work to uncover your limiting beliefs around this goal.

A few other goal-setting ideas you may want to try:

  • Create a theme for your year. I find this helps me to focus on what I’m really after. For example, my theme for 2017 is “bliss.”
  • Break your goal down into smaller steps. This is especially important if your goal feels too big, or makes you feel nervous or overwhelmed. (Although technically, no goal is too big for the Universe to support!)
  • Decide on rewards you will give yourself when you achieve each goal!

In my next post, we’ll look at the importance of taking inspired action every day towards your dreams.

P.S. In the meantime, please share your dreams and goals below!

Karen Strang Allen

Karen Strang Allen is an empowerment coach for single women and mother of two. She is also the author of Free to be me: Create a life you love from the inside out! and international bestselling co-author of Unwavering Strength Volume 2. Widowed at 22 and separated at 35, Karen’s mission is to help single women feel great about themselves, turn their heartbreak into the best thing that ever happened to them, and create a life they love, so they become a magnet for their dream partner. Learn more about Karen and check out her free empowering resources at




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