Soulful Goal Setting; How To Feel Fulfilled Every Day

With 2019 now well and truly upon us, I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for the year. It’s so easy to get sucked into the old “New Year, New Me” craze that sweeps through the last week of December and into January. 

While the new year is a great time to sweep out the metaphorical spiderwebs, and feel like you’re having a fresh start, there are certain ways of thinking about your goals that can inspire you to follow through.

I was first introduced to a soulful way of goal setting by Danielle LaPorte. I’ve been a huge fan ever since I discovered and read her book “The Desire Map”.

Her philosophy is centred around how chasing your goals makes you feel. She isn’t solely concerned with the outcome or end result, but instead encourages you to focus on how this goal makes you feel. She’s all about enjoying the process, with fulfilling the goal a bonus.

There is no point in training for a marathon, if you hate running. The thrill and pride of completing a marathon would be amazing, but if each training run fills you with dread, what’s the point? Instead, you could set a modest goal for running, say once or twice a week, with a view to completing a much smaller race first.

Changing your goal from a marathon, to adopting a running habit, means you can feel a sense of achievement after each run, and any races you work up to is the cherry on top!

I am a recovering unrealistic goal setter, so I absolutely understand wanting to declare to the world you’re going to achieve these incredible things, and then realise you didn’t quite consider the dedicated every day effort they could take. 

If you’re only striving to reach the end, and pass the finish line, you’ll have a momentary high before you start chasing the next goal. 

But if how you want to feel is at the forefront of your mind, you’ll live your life in a joyful state every day. Whether you achieve your desired goal starts to matter less, because the process is so enjoyable. 

This way of considering goals has really helped me. You can feel encouraged and proud of yourself after each yoga practise, language class, book read, or painting completed.

So, how do you want to feel in 2019? What steps could you take each day to get there? As my favourite yogi says, “find what feels good”, and strive to live your life joyfully.