In a second look at goal setting in our Performance Yoga class Monday evening, we took some time to use a strategy I learned from Alison Presley.  During my Level 5 YogaFit training, we wrote down a positive affirmation three different times on three sticky notes.  The goal was specific, positive, inspiring and to be displayed.  I had originally written a short statement to myself on the mirror of my bedroom.  It read “Love Yourself.”  The problem with that statement for quite a long time was that it wasn’t in the first person.  It wasn’t until this past weekend that I finally changed that statement to “I Love Myself.”  

I asked my Yogis to quiet their minds.  The start of class found each with a stack of three sticky notes.  At the conclusion of our warm-up, we wrote down our goal for the first time.  The second and third times came throughout the remainder of the practice.  How often is it that we stop to actively goal set?  How often personally or professionally?  And even more important, how often do we post our goals in a place that is visible?  If you haven’t taken the time lately to do so, then take a moment.  Search your mind.  Write it down.  Write it down a lot.  

Mastering the Mental Skills – Goal Setting


If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.Lou Holtz

  • Is my goal specific?
  • Is my goal positive?
  • Is my goal inspiring?
  • Is my goal displayed?

The two most important parts of setting goals are that you write them down and that you put them someplace where you can see them every day.  I usually recommend the bathroom mirror or refrigerator door, two places I know you will always look.

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