Every year I set myself goals which cover all aspects of life – from career to finance to fitness. I also have a ‘FUN’ section in my Goals Workbook (download your own copy here) yet strangely I always find this the hardest section to fill out. Surely it should be the easiest?
One of my five FUN goals for the year is to do something new, different or adventurous as a family every month. As a family, we had never been to a music festival before. We’d been told about a kids-friendly festival down in Cornwall, which happened to be on my birthday weekend and seemed to provide the perfect opportunity to achieve my fun goal for July. Check out my new vlog to see what we got up to. It was soooooo much fun.
Do you remember the journalist that decided to say ‘Yes’ to everything a few years ago? His story was later made into a movie starring Jim Carey. I’m not suggesting that you are quite so extreme, but how about the next time a friend says, ‘On Wednesday nights I love going to aerial hoop/Spanish class/slacklining/to a taxidermy workshop (yes, I had a friend who did that!), you should come!’ instead of shrugging nonchalantly, you give it a go. It was actually my sister-in-law Rosie (who’s much cooler than me!) who invited us to join them at the music festival. Ordinarily I would have said ‘no thanks’ but the great thing about writing your goals down is that it imprints them onto your subconscious mind and, when an opportunity arises to achieve one of your goals, your subconscious mind rings a little bell.
Here are my top tips for planning your own FUN Goals
- Ask others for inspiration!– Let’s put Social Media to some use. You never know what will crop up. Or just speak to my sister-in-law, Rosie!
- Move beyond your comfort zone– See my note about the ‘F bombs’ towards the end of today’s vlog!
- Revisit an old hobby –So many of my friends in their 40s and 50s say ‘I used to love cycling/climbing/kayaking/painting but…’.There’s always a reason not to do those things (busyness is the default) and it may well be that it’s not as easy to do as it was when you were in your 20s and perhaps had fewer commitments, but could you carve out some time to revisit what you used to find fun, or adapt the hobby to include those that you have caring responsibilities for?
- Make it monthly or weekly –Just think how many tasks or goals you are required to do at work every week or month. It’s probably a lot, right? Now compare it to the number of tasks or goals you consciously do just to have fun. I bet there aren’t many. Having a fun goal that requires you to have fun on a regularly basis is a great way to bring more consistent fun into our lives.
- Diarise it– As with all goals, unless we put them in the diary and carve out time for them they tend not to happen.
So here we are – what I did for my birthday weekend. I hope you enjoy it and that it gives you some inspiration for your own ‘fun’ goals.
PS. It’s not too late! Don’t wait until 2019 comes around. Set goals for the rest of this year and you’ll be amazed what you can achieve in the 6 months or so we have left. Writing them out using pen and paper is key and makes you 42% more likely to achieve your goals. www.debrasearle.com/goals
Or if you’ve already filled it out, revisit it. How are you doing? What one step can you take today to move closer to the goals you set earlier this year?