6 Simple Components of a Well-Formed Outcome
The calendar rolling into a new year brings a clean slate and a world of possibilities. Are you having a good year so far? Most likely you have been reflecting on the past year, or years, especially with the impact of the pandemic. You’re probably in the midst of noticing your habitual patterns and making some decisions on where you want to focus your time and attention. And if you’re feeling really inspired you may even be setting your intention on a few outcomes or goals. Harnessing the power of attention and intention, you can adjust your life to reflect exactly what you envision.
Have you come up with some New Year resolutions for yourself? Psych News Daily posted an article last month with a new study that found approximately two-thirds of people (64%) abandon their New Year’s Resolution within a month. Additionally, more than half of the participants in the study made the same or similar resolutions the year before.
So why do so many people abandon their resolutions and give up? The researchers classified the resolutions as too vague, and we agree!
Most resolutions revolve around general categories, such as health (exercise more and eat healthier), and finances (save more money and earn more), and thus, lead to abandonment. They also tend to be similar year after year, shifting priorities. The top 10 New Year’s resolutions revealed for 2022 in Country Living are:
- Lose weight
- Eat healthier
- Get fitter
- Spend more time with family
- Be more aware and take care of mental health
- Sort out finances
- Travel more
- Take up a new hobby
- Be more environmentally friendly
- Look for a new job
What do you want to manifest this year? Being specific is required to crystalize your vision in order to direct your action. If your outcome is to lose weight, how much and by when? Otherwise, lose two pounds and voila – the resolution has been met! That doesn’t reflect the weight or size you want to be, or the tone you want to have.
We encourage you to take the time to reflect and assess which area(s) of life you want to focus on this year for positive results. What do you want more of in your life? Explore all categories, such as self-care, spirituality, romance, relationship with family and friends, personal growth, contribution, fun and recreation, leisure time, social life, and creativity. Feel free to come up with your own categories! Take the time to contemplate what you really want, and why you want it. Once you have a strong and passionate purpose that drives your resolve, you will be ready for any obstacles that may come your way.
Decide what it is that you want. What drives you? Why is your outcome or goal important to you? How is your outcome or goal worth your time and effort? Once you’ve decided, apply the following six components to ensure specificity to your outcome or goal. As stated in Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale, Alice in Wonderland: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there”.
- State it in the positive. What is quite surprising when someone is asked what they want, they will often say what they don’t want. Stay focused on what you want vs what you don’t want! What you place your focus and attention on expands in your life. State what you want positively.
- Make it measurable. (What do you want, how much and by when?) Set your intention and be specific. The more specific you are, the clearer you will be in understanding and knowing what action you need to take to get you the results you want. What evidence will you have in your life to let you know you’ve achieved your outcome? (What is your ideal weight, what size do you want to be and by when? How will you get there and maintain it? How do you want to spend more time with your family? Where do you want to travel, and with whom and by when?) Keep track of your results; pay attention and monitor your results. If you notice you are getting away from your goal, get curious, remain flexible and change your approach if necessary. (There are no failures, only feedback and learning experiences.)
- Make it sensory based/ bring in all the senses. What will you see, hear, and feel when you achieve your outcome? Envision how it looks, sounds, and feels… be specific. Visualize what it will look like; what will you see in your life that will let you know you’ve achieved your outcome? What will you hear people saying about you and what will you be saying to yourself when you’ve reached your outcome? What will it feel like when you have reached your goal? What will the sensations be and where will they be located (heart, stomach, etc.)? And notice if there any smells or tastes associated with the feeling? Bring in all the senses!
- Must be maintainable and controllable by you. Is what you want within your control? Take full responsibility for making sure you’re the one driving your goal. You are in charge and responsible for your results; not your trainer, friend, spouse, or partner. If you rely on others outside of your capabilities, most likely you will abandon your goal. While you can have the support of others to assist you and hold you accountable, your success cannot be dependent upon their participation and dedication to you achieving your goals.
- Is it ecological? Ask yourself if what you want is safe for you to attain. For example, if you reach your ideal fitness and weight, will that make you stand out more and have more attention directed your way? Are you okay with that? And be sure you give yourself the appropriate timeframe to accomplish what you desire. It is not ecological/ safe for a person to release a significant amount of weight in a short period of time as it will affect the body and organs negatively. Can you achieve what you desire safely? What will happen if you get what you want? What will happen if you don’t get what you want? Will you be able to function either way? How will your success effect those around you? Evaluate the pros and cons to determine if you will be okay with the end result.
- Are your desired outcomes/ goals congruent? Alignment of your goals with your beliefs and values will ensure that they are in harmony. Do you believe you can achieve what you desire? Do you have the capabilities? Does your outcome agree with your values? What you say to yourself and whether you think you can, or can’t, will also impact your results. You have to believe that you are deserving and worthy of what you want in your life.
Embrace your potential to be, do and have what you desire in 2022 and beyond. How will your life be enriched and fulfilled by achieving what you want? What will your outcomes/ goals do for you once you achieve them? Apply the above and you will be amazed with your results. You possess the power to live a life filled with love, joy, health, compassion, wealth, and whatever else you choose! The choice is yours.
Set yourself up for success by scheduling a private session with Karen Pfeffer. She will assist you in creating your own roadmap to achieving your #1 goal.