First generation immigrants have a lot to work for and look out for, to succeed in Canada. Often times, people talk about setting your goal as a fundamental step to launching the right way. Goal setting, therefore, is a skill for everyone who wants to succeed as an immigrant here in this Maple leaf country. Not the end of story.
Having the right mindset is a process. It’s not a one-off thing. It involves deliberately uprooting some deep-seated beliefs, expectations and thought patterns
How do you go about setting your goals? Here are some practical goal setting tips:
Define your “goal”.
A goal is the desired intention that has a start date and an end date. It is a project that requires everything within us to bring to reality by a certain date. A goal is not made potent by desire or passion. The timeline for a goal to be achieved is what drives it. And because a goal is time-bound, it is measurable.
Have your vision statement.
A vision statement starts with acknowledging who you are before what you want to achieve. The vision statement should magnify your strengths and what you can achieve with them. It visualizes your goals and realizes your limitations. It is a statement that references your goal(s) with your prevailing personality traits and circumstances.
- Expand the vision statement by identifying and stating what the goal means to you.
- Acknowledge your shortcomings
- Identify who else, apart from you, that will be impacted by the goal.
- Build up the right emotions around it. Develop the “can do” spirit and be energized by it.
Create a vision board.
If you put your goal in pictures as against words alone, you are ten times more likely to get the goals done. That’s the way our brains are wired. Pictorial representation of facts gets impressed the most on our brains. Our subconscious picks the images and helps to translate it to possibilities. Once you identify your vision, create that board to help you through the path.
Check your goals regularly.
Check your goals daily, weekly, monthly, etc., and how closer you are getting to it. The timeline will help you plan appropriately. It will also let you know if you should change your strategy. Check in regularly. You’ll end up seeing where you’re at, what you’ve achieved and what’s blocking your path.
Count the cost.
What sacrifice are you willing to make to achieve the set goals? Attach monetary value to it and work out how you can afford it. Perhaps you’ll need to mobilize funds through partnership or by borrowing. Determine also what it will cost you in terms of effort, time and commitment? This, to a large extent, is counting the cost.
Have a safe space – get an accountability partner.
Getting an accountability group or accountability partner whom you’re ready to be vulnerable with will help you stay on course. Discuss the things you plan to achieve by a specific date with the person. Note however that having an accountability partner is not the same thing as having a coach.
Who qualifies to be an accountability partner? Someone gentle yet bold enough to give you a nudge at the right time. It must be someone who’s committed to your progress and wants to see you succeed. The person must be able to put you under pressure. His or her discipline must not be questionable. Life is all about discipline but a lot of times, we need to borrow other people’s discipline.
The next tip is probably one of the most important. It is at the base of every of our actions and inactions, failures and successes. Marianne Williamson puts it this way:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us the most. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, to be gorgeous, to be talented, to be famous? Actually, who are you not to be famous? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others to do the same thing”.
It is the mindset problem!
Develop the right mindset.
What image of success are you keeping?
We must want something badly enough to send our subconscious on errand. That’s why setting our mindset is key. Mindset is more than thinking positive or negative. It is deeper than that. It is the stuff we’ve grown up with over the years that keeps conditioning us. It is a deliberate working to remove the junk that’s been sitting in our trunk for too long.
We are powerful beings, but we experience challenges because of our limiting beliefs.
Having the right mindset is a process. It’s not a one-off thing. It involves deliberately uprooting some deep-seated beliefs, expectations, thought patterns, and what have you. The right mindset can’t be achieved immediately. It is developed over time. But don’t wait for the perfect mindset. Afterall we all are a work in progress. Set your heart to achieving it, start the process and you will be fine.