I’m not gonna lie; working on your goals can be kind of boring.
There’s only so much you can take of scrolling through job openings, counting calories, tapping on a keyboard, or doing other tedious tasks before your mind starts to wander and your energy takes a nose dive.
I believe you when you say you really, really, really want to reach your goal. But how are you supposed to keep up your motivation?
My favorite motivation tool doesn’t cost a thing, but it serves as a constant reminder of why I’m working so hard. Want to know what it is? It’s a goal cocoon.
Allow me to paint you a picture. When a caterpillar is preparing to go through a change, it will wrap itself up in a cocoon. The cocoon is a safe space for it to focus on the big task ahead of it and not get distracted with whatever is happening in the outside world.
And when all the toil is over and the goal is reach, the caterpillar will—spoiler alert!—emerge from the cocoon as a beautiful butterfly.
You’re a lot like that caterpillar. No, I don’t mean short and fuzzy. You’re inching along through life making gradual progress on your goals. You have bigger dreams for yourself, but you’re not always focused on what you need to be doing to get there.
Before you can spread your wings and fly, you gotta get down to business. And a goal cocoon is a fabulous way to keep up your motivation. Here’s how to set up your very own.
Find Your Why
You’ll lose your motivation in the blink of an eye if you can’t remember why you want to reach your goal in the first place. Aligning with your intention and the “why” behind your actions will keep you chugging along.
Get out a sheet of paper and make a list of 10 reasons (or 100) why your goal is important to you. What will you have? How will you feel when you reach it? How will this make a difference in your life?
Build Your Cocoon
Next, gather images that support the reasons you just wrote. Having a few dozen magazine subscriptions helps. Your vision board counts too. Print some photos of yourself with your loved ones, or look for inspiration on Pinterest.
Hang your images wherever you will be when you go through your transformation. This may be your office, your studio, your living room, locker room, etc. Try to place something on every wall so you’re completely surrounded by photos of your goals.
Here are a few of pictures I put in my goal cocoon (my office).
A wall of playbills that remind me of happy times with my husband. I know the world is my stage and the role I choose to play will determine whether my life is a comedy or tragedy.
A postcard from my friend and fellow coach Nneka. I’m determined to be a jet-setter like her and travel the world.
A fun fall banner to remind me to enjoy the season and spend time with my loved ones.
Do Your Transformative Work
Now that you’re bundled up in your personal goal cocoon, it’s time to get to work. Just like a caterpillar who is only thinking about changing into a butterfly, when you are in your cocoon, you will be reminded to be laser focused on doing the tasks that bring you closer to your goals.
After a while, you’ll train your brain to get right to work on whatever you need to be doing when you’re in your goal cocoon. And when you get distracted and look up, you’ll be greeted by an image to remind you of your why.
This week, be like a determined caterpillar and make your cocoon. A big transformation is headed your way—I can feel it!
What will you include in your goal cocoon?
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