the top 10 ways i goal set



There are few things I love in life more than setting big, hairy, audacious goals ... and achieving them. I’m a goal setting geek at heart, and am passionate about finding ways to integrate goal setting into my everyday life. Goal setting should be easy. It should integrate into your life with minimal effort. And I really believe that the strongest goal setters are the ones that make goal setting a priority 365 days a year.

I like to use a variety of mediums and formats to keep goal setting fresh, to keep my goals handy, and most importantly, to keep it feeling fun!

How I do it:

1. chalkboard goals

goal setting chalkboard
The chalkboard in my dining room! Just cleaned and ready for my 2011 goals to be written.

A set of goals buried away in a desk drawer or in an email folder somewhere doesn’t get you anywhere. Making goals public and visible is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you hold yourself accountable to your goals, and remind yourself what exactly it is you are hoping to accomplish out of this life.

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I keep my goals visible on a BIG chalkboard in my kitchen, along with another chalkboard in my dining room. My partner sees my goals and I’m faced with my dreams and ambitions each and every day. This keeps me focused on action. Plus they do double duty as home décor.

2. goals on twitter

I tweet my goals! Any time I come up with a new goal I am working on, I share it with my followers and they help hold me accountable.

3. goals on facebook

goal setting on facebook
Look at the response in under 8 minutes! These are my friends supporting my goal and who will ultimately hold me accountable to reaching it.

I update my Facebook status when I set new goals, again ensuring that my friends help hold me accountable. This also leads to conversation around my goals, helping me flush out the details and create strategic and fun plans to support them.

4. blogging goals

how to set goals on your blog
I update my goals a handful of times a year on my personal blog. I like using a list format to feel like I am really making headway, and I cross the goals off through the year as I achieve them. There is a comment function on my blog, and it’s a great space to get support and create conversation around some of the biggest, baddest and scariest goals. I also share my goals on the lululemon.com blog and on our internal company blog. The more people that read my goals means more people that can support me in achieving them in one way or another.

5. goals at work

I have a framed copy of my goals front and centre on my desk at work; framed in a big white Ikea frame. At our office in Vancouver we post our goals in the stairwell. Everyone walking between floors sees our goals, and it’s an incredible way to start conversations and get related with our coworkers.

6. goals as art

goal setting as art

I actually frame old copies of my goals and hang them on my wall at home. It’s a neat way to see a progression of my goals over time. It’s humbling to see the goals I set and revised or didn’t achieve, and inspiring to see all the ones I did!

7. writing goals; with a pen

goal setting written by hand

My handwritten “thought bubble” goals I keep on my fridge. Writing goals this way feels more fluid and creative to me!

As the Digital Innovation Manager for lululemon, I rarely use a pen anymore. I tote around two laptops most places I go, and am never more than a centimetre or two from a keyboard. Most of my goals are typed – in one form or another. For me, handwriting my goals feels quite special. I have a handwritten, paper version of my goals tacked to my fridge. There’s something about putting pen to paper that gets the creativity out of me. The format I use when I write my goals by hand also changes. I like to use a brainstorm bubble from time to time. This paints a more vivid picture of my life rather than using a rigid format.

8. email

I use a tool called FutureMe.org! This website allows you to email yourself in the future. Why not try emailing yourself your goals right before their due date? Just last week I got an email from myself (from 5 years ago no less) that asked me if I was “working for myself yet?” The answer is yes (I run a business in my non-lululemon time) and it felt great getting a kick in the bum from my past self!

9. online tools

Goaltender is lululemon’s goal setting site, and another great resource to set goals. 43Things is another personal favourite online resource for me. I use both of these sites regularly to set goals in unique ways. Changing the format keeps goal setting fresh.

10. goals as passwords

I’m pretty sure this “goal setting tip” secures my fate as being the ultimate geek. For all my online passwords, whether it’s email, Facebook, Foursquare or wherever else I am online, I create a unique password that is tied to my goals. For example, if I had a goal to “Attend 30 hot yoga classes in one month” I might set a password like HotYoga30. Think about how many times you enter a password online each day. 10 times? 200? Each and every time you are faced with that login screen, you’ll also be reminded of your goals. This helps ensure your goals are top of mind and creates a space for goal setting 365 days a year.

What are some of the ways you set goals?
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25 Comments »


oh carolyn. you’re amazing and brilliant. will you goal coach me in hamilton? #geekyroomies

Comment by tiffany a. — September 3, 2010 @ 6:35 am


I love putting your goals in picture frames!! I am updating my frames this weekend in fact. WOOT!

Comment by Matt Corker — September 3, 2010 @ 6:46 am


You are one inspiring lady! I love, love having you as my peer – you help this short gal reach higher :)

Comment by Jill Smith — September 3, 2010 @ 7:21 am


I *so* do #10, too! And I didn’t even realize how geeky it was until I saw it in writing. Go geeks! :-)

Comment by Kate — September 3, 2010 @ 10:46 am


i also sneak goals into my passwords esp. at work where we have to change passwords every 3 months! nice to see i’m not the only one :)

Comment by Pam — September 3, 2010 @ 4:37 pm


These are amazing ideas…I am so inspired now! Thank you!!!

Comment by Christi — September 3, 2010 @ 9:52 pm


what excellent ideas!! thank you so much for sharing!

Comment by Elizabeth — September 3, 2010 @ 10:59 pm


I may not have gone quite as far as you with the goals, but the one I do use is the password goal. Right now, everytime I log in at work it’s reminding me that my marathon goal in October will be 4:45.
I like the idea of the chalkboard though. May have to go invest in one or two.

Comment by Carol — September 4, 2010 @ 10:00 am


you inspire me everyday. this is an amazing post by one of the most amazing people i know. thanks for sharing your passion for achieving with the world. xo

Comment by lesia — September 4, 2010 @ 12:52 pm


I loooove this so much! I am goal setting as we speak. Thanks Caro for the inspiration. xoxo

Comment by Momo — September 4, 2010 @ 11:39 pm


Good ideas here. My favorite way to set goals is to write them down for myself and then tell a few of my close friends about them. Then, I like to talk to these friends about my progress, good or bad, as a way of holding myself accountable for my efforts. It really helps me get stuff done.

Comment by Matt Joseph — September 5, 2010 @ 10:03 pm


I love how you framed that chalkboard! And yes, I put both goals and mantras into my passwords. I’m not the type of person who can look into the mirror and give myself positive affirmations without feeling like a total dork, but typing them in as a password 20 times a day has a positive effect. ;)

Comment by elaine! — September 5, 2010 @ 10:14 pm


Such a great idea, Matt! The more people you share your goals with, the more people there are to hold you accountable! It also provides a little extra motivation – if your friends are also sharing their goals with you, you might be more inspired to continue with your own goals. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Laura M — September 6, 2010 @ 10:47 am


Hey there Carolyn,

Awesome post! I absolutely love how creative, ingenious and fun these are. Definitely do some of them (like the framing) and definitely going to implement a few in the near future :D

Say, I have a quick question for you about Lululemon and yoga and blogging. I practice Bikram, am on track to do teacher training in the spring, and I keep an active blog of my yoga adventures at Alive in the Fire (see link for my website). Is there any way I might be able to partner with Lululemon or do any sort of review/ contest/ sponsorship where I post about the gear and my experience using it?

I saw that you offer this for the R&D team of current teachers but was wondering if there’s any sort of program for other yogis out there :) Perhaps I should contact my local store as well (some of the girls I know there also attend my studio) but just wanted to check! Feel free to contact me with any info you have.

Much appreciated — namaste!

Comment by Rachel (Alive in the Fire) — September 8, 2010 @ 12:43 pm


I listened to this great podcast on Goal Setting from a guy called Bevan James Eyles. He seems to be a top fitness professional. This was a different take on goal setting and it opened my eyes on how to be more successful in doing it. You can get it here: http://www.bevanjameseyles.com…/

Sarah

Comment by Sarah — January 13, 2011 @ 2:39 pm


I love the chalkboard idea! I am a super goal setting geek too but your ideas are super creative! I am definitely going to try some of them out! Thanks for sharing :)

Comment by Sita — April 5, 2011 @ 1:27 pm


In really honoring my goal setting process and setting myself up for making goal setting and focusing a regular part of my life, I am looking for some of the great physical tools like a beautiful chalk board, cork boards etc…Carolyn, can you share where you got your beautiful chalk board? I am realizing that I might need to make one, but I thought I would ask you first ;) Thank you for the inspiration!! Big hugs, Sarah

Comment by Sarah Fina — August 11, 2011 @ 11:36 am


Hey Sarah,

Carolyn made the chalk boards herself by taking an old painting in a cool frame and then painting the painting itself with chalkboard paint (that’s a lot of painting!). She said it was super easy. Have fun creating your goals and vision!

~ Jordan
GEC Online Community

Comment by GEC Online Community — August 12, 2011 @ 11:37 am


Jordan and Carolyn,

Thank you for the response/info. :) I was actually just looking at frames in my parents basement this weekend thinking about doing something similar. I have to find something I can paint over! I will keep an eye out for a great frame and fill it with a creative space. I was also thinking about painting part of a wall with the chalkboard paint. I’m transforming my apartment into a space dedicated to Dream Actualization so I might need a wall. Thanks again for sharing some of the ways in which folks in the Lulu community have created their own tools!

The community effort is awesome–so very much appreciated.

Sarah Fina

Comment by Sarah Fina — August 22, 2011 @ 1:12 pm


Impressive!

You may want to check out a cool goal setting tool: http://www.goalsontrack.com

Comment by Harry — August 25, 2011 @ 4:00 pm


Accountability is one of the best ways to stick to your goals. If you have goal setting partner to do that with, or a goal setting group where you are following up and supporting each other with your goals – even better.

Comment by richerlifeblog.com — August 30, 2011 @ 4:31 am


Goal setting: I will be a Fletcher Pilates Instructor by August 2012. :)

Comment by Gina Choy — December 1, 2011 @ 12:07 am


Totally inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Annette — January 29, 2012 @ 7:31 pm


Yay for setting goals! I’m ready. Starting a vision board and going to do a little bit each day (including my yoga practice) as best as I can everyday. I feel excited again! Thank you!

Comment by Clea — August 23, 2012 @ 1:44 pm


I was in one of your stores a few weeks ago in Indian Wells. I met several of the sales clerks while in there because I noticed the goals posted near the dressing rooms. It caught my eye because I present and write about vision boards and goal setting as it relates to counseling. I have create a process that was just published in the American School Counselor Magazine about using vision boards/goal setting with students. I love that you all do this and love the 1-5-10 year goal setting list. Thanks

Comment by Dr. Lisa Burton — October 16, 2013 @ 10:31 am


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