How to turn your goals into reality by living out loud every day

Living out loud every day. It sounds amazing, right? But how do you actually do it? How do you turn an aspirational concept into a plan that you can implement in real life? How do you use this idea to set big goals and make things happen for yourself?

When you live out loud every day, you honour your values, you contribute to something bigger, and you set an example for those around you. But how can you determine what your values are? How can you stay true to them every single day?

I am going to walk you through four super quick coaching exercises to help you figure this out. Grab a notebook, a pen, fill up your water bottle, and let’s get started!

How to turn your goals into reality by living out loud every day

1.    What are your values?

To figure out what living out loud means for you, we first need to assess what your values are. Values are the things that matter most to you. The things that you deem most important in life. The cool thing about values is that they are different for everybody. Consequently, living out loud is very personal and looks different from one person to the next. And this is something to be celebrated.

One of my values is adventure: I love exploring new places and making spontaneous decisions. One of my partner’s values is resourcefulness, as he loves to be prepared and have the right tools, gear and plan before starting a project. When we go camping as a family, these values complement each other. I get to choose the location and decide the activities each day. My partner packs the gear and plans for the weather. This balance works for our family because it honours our values, makes us happy, and fulfills us both. To an outsider, camping with three young children might seem like a lot of work, but because we are fulfilled, all that work is worth it. If we weren’t living out loud out in the woods, camping would be a completely different experience.

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Have you ever been part of a team that works so well together it doesn’t feel like work at all? Maybe you’re the big-picture thinker who values discovery and creation, while your teammates value leadership and technical expertise. Doing something together seems easy, because you are all contributing. You all bring something different to the table and you are all fulfilled by a different aspect of the work you are doing. This is why we need to celebrate our values. The best thing you can do is to just be you!

OK, it’s your turn!

Answer the questions below in your notebook:

  • What it’s like when you are thriving: Think about a time when you were thriving. You felt truly alive, vibrant, confident and you loved what you were doing. Describe it. Try to figure out what about this moment made you feel this way.
  • Thinking back to your time as a student: List three things that you loved to do when you were in high school, college or university. How did these activities make you feel?
  • Your childhood goals: What did you want to be “when you grew up”? What was it about that career that interested you?

Look back at the answers above and choose three or four words that inspire you. These are your core values. This is what living out loud means for you. There are no wrong answers.

2. Set goals and make a plan

Imagine if you could feel fulfilled and motivated every single day. It is possible, but you need to be intentional about it. You need to think about your values and do things every single day to honour them. You need to have a plan and you need to set goals. This is what living out loud every day is all about!

Answer these questions in your notebook:

  • Set one long-term goal that is linked to your values and the things that are important to you. Think about the big picture, something you want to achieve within three to five years.
  • Set one short-term goal that is linked to your values. Think about something you want to achieve in the next three months.
  • What steps do you need to take to reach this goal?
  • Break your plan down even further. What can you do every day to move towards this goal?
  • What are you going to do today?
3. Find accountability and anticipate the barriers

Honouring your values, setting goals, and taking action on a daily basis sounds easy in theory, but in reality, it can be difficult. You will likely encounter some road blocks or barriers along the way, and your plan might get derailed. The best way to ensure you keep taking action every single day? Make a plan!

Answer these questions in your notebook:

  • What could prevent you from taking action every day?
  • What strategies can you use to overcome these barriers?
  • What is your plan to get back on track if you miss one day, one week or even one month of daily actions?
  • Who can hold you accountable?

If you do stumble and your plan gets derailed, be kind to yourself. Check out this article about self-care called Self-Care Sunday: A Practical guide.  

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4. Remember the big picture

The best thing that you can do when you feel like giving up is to think of your values and about what living out loud means for you. Think about the big goal that you want to achieve within three to five years. Imagine what it’s going to feel like when you accomplish it. Commit to doing something every day to move towards it.

Answer these questions in your notebook:

  • How can you remind yourself what living out loud means for you?
  • How can you remember to do something every single day?
  • How are you going to track your progress?

One of the best ways to keep track of your goals, to remind yourself of your values, and to acknowledge your progress is to write everything down. This gives you the ability to look back and see how far you have come. It’s a way to remind yourself of what is important to you so that you can live out loud every day. If you want some more information about achieving your goals, check out the article 8 Tips for Keeping Your Resolutions in 2018.

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Andrea Janzen

She is passionate about helping people develop their full potential, setting goals, and getting results. She believes people are more capable than they let on. Her clients tell her that her positive energy is contagious.

She is a professional leadership coach who believes in abundance. She helps her clients to see opportunities, feel ready to take action, and make things happen. She works with companies to get more women into leadership roles by helping them feel more ambitious and strive for more in their careers.

Download her workbook Re-Ignite Your Ambition
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