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Hey, Let’s All Be Goal Diggers!

Struggling to reach your goals stops here.

As we’re well into the second half of 2021, now’s a good time to reflect upon how we’ve progressed towards the goals set at the beginning of the year. My guess is that you’re on track with some of them, whereas others may be collecting dust in one of the dark corners of your mind. 

With the world still undergoing significant change and many of us facing uncertainty, the question of how we can be most effective in our lives – regardless of circumstance – becomes even more important. What I have realised is that goal setting is half the battle in moving towards your ideal future, but it’s just as much about the process of getting there as actually achieving it. 

Would you take a magical pill if it guaranteed that you would achieve all of your goals overnight? 

It might surprise you, but I would not. The process of developing who I want to be is what I’m really interested in. Of course, I want to accomplish the goal. That’s the point, after all. But who I must become to do that is the biggest gift.

How do you think you’ll feel looking back on a hard day – when you were taking micro steps towards your goals even when you just weren’t feeling it – compared to now, when you see how much you’ve grown and how far you’ve come along? It’s a whole lot more fulfilling when you finally get to tick the goal off your list than if you had been handed the end result overnight with no effort at all. 

When going through this process of becoming, you’re receiving not only the gold, but also other treasures – the diamonds, the pearls, and the tiaras. So yes, I definitely choose to be a goal digger over a gold digger. Here are five simple keys that are often missed on the journey to goal achievement – but require no magic pills:

  1. Ensure they are SMART goals: Most of us are aware of the smart criteria (SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound), but when it comes down to setting our goals in life, they often can be a bit wishy-washy.
  2. They are not ‘should’ goals: A mentor once reminded me to not ‘should’ on myself. Make sure your goals are fully aligned with your ideal future and not something you feel you ‘should’ be striving for. 
  3. They are big enough: There is a distinction between big and little goals. Little goals are really ‘don’t wants’ – they are not going to keep you committed and consistent in the long run.
  4. You are willing to take responsibility: You must be committed to give it your best shot. If you’re not willing to do that, scratch it! You will need heightened focus to achieve goals, so get rid of the ones you’re not going to take responsibility for. 
  5. Write them down and look at them regularly: One of the best pieces of advice I have received is to write down my goals every day. It keeps your eyes on the prize and signals to your subconscious mind that you mean it! 

Look back at what you set out to do at the beginning of the year and see how far you have come. Give yourself a pat on the back for any progress you have made, and adjust your goals to incorporate these five tips so that you can smash them effortlessly and be rewarded with the full treasure chest. 

Beate Sifkovits is a Transformational Mindset Coach based in Dubai. Learn more about her and how to being a successful goal digger on her website, allboss.me.


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Empowering Self: Unveiling Three Essential Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Empowerment Through Confidence

Self-doubt is a common struggle that many people face. It can hold us back from reaching our full potential and achieving our goals. But what exactly is self-doubt, and how can we overcome it? We will explore the concept of self-doubt and unveil three essential strategies to help you overcome it and empower yourself.

Understanding Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is the lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the inner voice that tells us we are not good enough, smart enough, or capable enough to achieve our goals. It can manifest in different ways, such as fear of failure, imposter syndrome, or constantly seeking validation from others.

Self-doubt can be triggered by past experiences, societal pressures, or our own inner critic. It can hold us back from taking risks, trying new things, or pursuing our passions. However, it is important to remember that self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience and can be overcome with the right strategies.

The Power of Inner Strength

Inner strength is the ability to trust in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the foundation of self-confidence and resilience. When we have inner strength, we are better equipped to face challenges and overcome self-doubt.

Cultivating a Positive Mindset

Our mindset plays a crucial role in how we perceive ourselves and our abilities. A positive mindset involves having a growth mindset, which means believing that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort and learning. It also involves reframing negative thoughts into positive ones and focusing on our strengths rather than our weaknesses. Cultivating a positive mindset takes practice, but it can greatly impact how we view ourselves and our potential.

The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is often overlooked, but it is essential for building inner strength and maintaining a positive mindset. Self-care involves taking care of our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It can include activities such as exercise, meditation, spending time in nature, or engaging in hobbies. When we prioritise self-care, we are better equipped to handle self-doubt and build our inner strength.


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Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Now that we have a better understanding of self-doubt and its impact, let’s explore three essential strategies to help you overcome self-doubt and empower yourself.

Practice Self-Awareness

Building inner strength takes time and effort, but it is a crucial step in overcoming self-doubt. Here are three strategies to help you cultivate inner strength and empower yourself.

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and understand our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is a crucial first step in overcoming self-doubt because it allows us to identify when self-doubt is present and how it affects us. To practice self-awareness, try journaling or mindfulness exercises. This can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and how they contribute to self-doubt. Once you are aware of your self-doubt triggers, you can work on reframing negative thoughts and building your inner strength.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is important for building confidence and overcoming self-doubt. When we set unrealistic goals, we set ourselves up for failure, which can reinforce self-doubt. Instead, set achievable goals that align with your strengths and values. This will help you build momentum and confidence, which can help you overcome self-doubt in the long run.

Surround Yourself with Positive Influences

The people we surround ourselves with can greatly impact our self-doubt. If you are constantly surrounded by negative influences, it can be challenging to build inner strength and maintain a positive mindset. Instead, surround yourself with positive influences, such as supportive friends and family, mentors, or positive role models. These individuals can provide encouragement and help you stay motivated on your journey to overcoming self-doubt.

Self-doubt is a common feeling that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. However, with the right strategies, we can overcome self-doubt and empower ourselves to achieve our goals. By cultivating inner strength, maintaining a positive mindset, and practising, we can build the confidence and resilience needed to overcome self-doubt. Remember, self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience, and with determination and perseverance, we can overcome it and reach our full potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I expect to see results when applying these strategies to overcome self-doubt?

Results in overcoming self-doubt vary, but with consistent application of strategies, individuals often experience positive shifts in mindset and confidence within a few weeks. Patience and commitment are key to cultivating lasting self-empowerment.

Can these strategies be applied to different aspects of life, such as work or personal relationships?

The self-empowerment strategies provided are versatile and can be seamlessly applied to various life aspects, fostering confidence, resilience, and positive transformations in both professional and personal realms.

Are there additional resources or practices that complement these essential strategies for a more comprehensive self-empowerment journey?

Supplement your self-empowerment journey with additional resources like self-help books, workshops, and mindfulness practices. Incorporating holistic approaches enhances the effectiveness of the essential strategies, providing a well-rounded path to sustained self-empowerment.


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