what are vision and goals?
One of the most valuable experiences I ever had was working at lululemon athletica. Aside from the fun factor, lululemon takes personal responsibility in making sure you not only have goals for your life but that you’re achieving them. By doing this they create a world inside and outside of lululemon that is filled with leaders and entrepreneurs . luluelmon not only strongly believes in the power of their vision and goal setting training program, they know it works. It’s based on these six core concepts.
Your vision defines your ideal life and identifies the goals you’ll need to get there. Through goal setting, you get down to the nitty-gritty of what you need to do – and when you need to do it by – to create your ideal life. You may laugh at this , but talk to some of the most successful men and woman in the world and they will share with you that the most powerful thing they did was write down their vision. Writing something down changes your life course and your brain instantly starts working towards that goal. Don’t believe me? I have one more fact…The bible says in Hewbrews to write down your vision on tablets….So when your brother walks by he will see and know where you are headed. I personally have seen the effects of writing my goals down in many ways. The following are a few examples.
You may or may not know this but 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Hypo-thyroidism. What Hypo-thyroidism basically does is slow your metabolism down, effects your energy levels, causes mood swings and it can have other serious side effects. To make a long story short I started putting on large amounts of weight in a very short time frame and was losing all my energy for the day by lunch. Fast forward 5 years of trying every diet imaginable, working out for countless hours only to struggle with my weight and have very little success . It was time for a change. I wanted to become a mother and I knew I wanted to be healthy for the baby and myself. I had heard lots about clean eating and the benefits it can have in terms of difficulties such as thyroid disorders. During my pregnancy I read clean eating books and started to change the way I cooked for Troy and I. My pregnancy was amazing! Aside from morning sickness I felt great, and was able to teach until I was almost 8 months pregnant. I also continued my own workouts up until 4 days before I had McCarthy (He was 10 days late!!) Almost immediately after having McCarthy I got in touch with Carly Mitchell from Vo2max and had her set me up on a clean eating plan. You can see the results in my previous July & August blog posts.
How does this all tie into goal setting? When I started working for lululemon 2 years ago, I had my first goal setting experience. Aside from being terrified that my goals would not be inspiring or powerful enough, I was encouraged to write down the things I really wanted to see happen in my life. Being healthy for my family and myself was a huge part of my goal setting. I kept my goals and “By Whens” next to my mirror and every morning I would read over them and remind myself how important clean eating, exercise and positive focus was for my life. I surrounded myself with people who believed in me and challenged me to live outside a life of mediocracy.
2 years later-
I’m a successful clean eater
I’m in the best shape on my life
My blood test say my thyroid is level (This is a great thing)
I’m training for my first fitness competition
And I just completed another goal, to own a house. We just signed the paperwork last week to build our first house!
Goal setting has changed how I see my life. I look forward to sharing more of my goals and areas of opportunity in the future, I encourage you to visit the lululemon website and start setting some of your own goals.
- provides focus
- helps you discover your personal path
- inspire you to do the work
- excite and even scare you
- are specific, measurable and written in the present tense
Creating vision and setting goals is a continuous process. Your goals will (and should) evolve all the time. Read this blog post about why you should embrace your failures or read all the lululemon blog posts about goals.
I would love to hear your goals and what you have achieved!