"The real value of setting goals is not the recognition or reward, it's the person we become by finding the discipline, courage and commitment to achieve them." - Anonymous
Over the past 3 weeks we have heard from 3 individuals who lead lives that either have a positive impact on others or a lifestyle that benefits not only their bodies but their mind too. Charelle was the last to hear from. Let's take a look at what valuable lesson we learnt from her.
BALANCE, BALANCE AND BALANCE.
Charelle has a trait that anyone can develop through practise - determination. We all have it in us, we just need to find something that makes us want to work hard and be the best at it, or at least try! Modern day life isn't easy. There are a lot of pressures from every angle. To do well at school, to spend time with family and friends, to be healthy, to have healthy relationships, to think about the future, think about a job and figure out what it all means in between! That's why it's easy to believe why teens and adolescents would rather hide from their problems than face them head on. It's also understandable from the aspect of not knowing anything different - if you don't know how to take the right steps forward, how are you expected to meet everyone's expectations?
Charelle does a very good job at this. Charelle Johnson is a full-time Content Producer and Media Planner by day and a highly devoted fitness and health advocate every second of the day. She understands the importance of prioritizing your health, finding a balance in everyday life, whilst still doing what you love and having fun doing it! And there's one vital thing that she does to help her do all of this... GOAL SETTING.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT SETTING GOALS?
"Goals are an important part of becoming who we want to be and they're a vital part of achieving self-satisfaction. When we can identify and pursue our purpose, we are gifted with the opportunity to live a fulfilling life that allows us to understand ourselves better." - Charelle
Here's how Charelle goes about setting her goals:
Decide: Think of something you want to work towards or achieve.
Write it down: Put it above your bed or somewhere you'll see it every day.
Tell someone: Tell your mentee or mentor.
Break your goal down: Break it down into steps that will help you reach your goal.
Plan your first step: What is going to be the first thing you do in working towards you goal?
Keep going: You got this!
WHAT IF I CAN'T FIND THE MOTIVATION?
Starting something for the benefit of you can be challenging and daunting. It's often easier to put off something than to set out a plan on how to achieve it. But look at you now, you've made it this far, why would you want to go any other way but forward?
So, start small: set yourself weekly incremental goals and work towards achieving those each day. Once you know you can achieve those, you can aim higher - set yourself a monthly goal. And as said above, the best way to do it is to write it down, have it visible to you each morning so that's how you start your day.
Another great motivator is to have a buddy right there beside you cheering you on. If no one knows you're working towards something, you're missing the opportunity to have your own personal cheerleader as well as to have someone other than yourself to be proud of you.
So, set your goal, big or small, plan your actions on how to achieve it and then be relentless in making it happen!
Hopefully Charelle has inspired you to put yourself first. To prioritise yourself and your personal goals, to understand the importance of good physical health over everything and why it's important to at least attempt trying to achieve a good work/life balance.
If you want any more advice from the past 3 weeks from the 3 inspirational people we heard from, head to our Facebook and Instagram pages. Remember, your mentee might need the support!