Goal Kicking for Beginners…

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Let’s talk about goals…

Must we?

Yep.

I don’t know about you, but my idea of a New Years Resolution is to blurt out something huge and non-specific in the hours leading up to midnight on December 31 each year.

‘I’m starting tomorrow,’ I declare, having put a whole, wow, 10 minutes thought into whatever it is that I’m declaring.

I like to call them RUI events- resolutions made under the influence.

My success rate on these? I think you can probably guess.

A couple of years ago, I gave up on goals. I needed to- they were no longer suiting me and instead of focussing my efforts, I felt as though I had handcuffs holding me to something I no longer wanted to be held to.

That freedom gave me breathing space to heal and recover- almost two years of breathing space.

Did I accomplish anything over those two years? Absolutely, although very little of it was expected- and that’s ok. You can read my performance review for 2013 here.

I’m bringing back the goals in 2014.

Why?

A number of reasons.

  • Firstly, I have a year of Saturn transits. A whole year of them. The last time I had Saturn transits, it was the opposition talking. I also had Uranus conjunctions to the same planets. Instead of going with Saturn, I made the whole thing harder for myself by rebelling against him.
  • I’ve had a lot of aspects to my north node over the past 6 months. In just a few months, my progressed Sun will conjunct north node- and this is all about self resourcing for me…which means Taurus…which means building something and laying down structures.
  • I’ve got a lot that I want to do. To focus my efforts, I need to work smarter and more efficiently. My goals this year are based on my career and my business.
  • My next round of Saturn transits will be squares to all my Pisces planets. These will be from the 10th house and will test the structures I’m laying down now. I’m investing time now for longer term rewards.

So, goals are back. This year it’s different….she says with confidence. This year I’m planning more. This year I’m going to be specific, realistic and check in regularly on my goals. This year I’m setting my intentions to suit both my Piscean need for dreams and my Aries Saturn need for challenge and quick results. This year, I’m walking my talk.

If you’ve mapped out your outer planet transits like we spoke about yesterday, you may find that goal setting is not for you this year.

If, however, you do intend to declare a resolution (or three) at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve, you’ll have a better likelihood of success if you’re working with the prevailing energy rather than against it. After all, if the forecast is one of thunderstorms, a blustery southerly change and 90% chance of rain, you’re setting yourself up for failure if you persevere with that beach picnic you had planned. The same applies to the astro weather.

Here’s how to survive yours, and end 2014 with a sense of accomplishment.

Your transit map is full of Pluto

Perhaps your transit map is full of Pluto. Whether you’re setting goals or intentions, ensure they are honest, transformative, and eliminate anything that is no longer doing you good.

This is a good year to break down walls, structures and habits, and replace them with something powerful and healing. Remember also the laws of karma- do nothing that harms or impedes the free will of another…you know the rest of that one.

In Pluto years, you must dig deeply into whatever it is that scares you or holds you back, stare it down and either build from it or eliminate it. This is a year for using your power and ambitions wisely and with integrity. Set your goals accordingly.

Your transit map is full of Neptune

If you’re having a Neptune year, you’ll be needing the flexibility to go with the flow and allow your dreams to come rushing through.

Having a set of rigid goals won’t help with that- keeping a dream journal, a vision board, or a desire map- focusing on how you want to feel- might be more up your alley this year.

If you do set goals, ensure that there’s something in there about spirituality and inner peace. Ego driven achievements are not the end point of a Neptune year.

Make a deal with yourself to meditate more, perhaps take up yoga, help out at a charitable institution, selflessly care for another. Neptune transits are long and insidious, so it pays to give yourself up to them.

Your transit map is full of Uranus

Having a Uranus year? Keep your goals individual, innovative and with enough room to move to allow for any unexpected surprises or mind changes.

Focus your aims on your Uranian lesson. What does it mean to be you? Who have you forgotten to be? Where are you compromising or apologising for yourself? Keep your goals authentic, self-centred and future focused.

Your transit map is full of Saturn

Regardless of whether you’ve done the goal thing in the past, you should set aside the time to do it now.

Take a realistic approach, keep them measurable, and schedule in time to check in or conduct mini performance reviews. When doing this, concentrate on what you have achieved and resist the urge to beat yourself up on what you haven’t.

This is a mountain climbing year. If you can’t do it physically, do it metaphorically and “kit” yourself out with the tools you need.

Saturn transits are all designed to help you face your fears, so look to your chart and the house position of Saturn as to what your Saturn lesson is.

Saturn transits- even the easy ones- will require effort and discipline, so you may as well get your head and acceptance around that now.

Your transit map is full of Jupiter

Contrary to popular opinion, this is not necessarily a “good” year. It is, however, a year of opportunities.

The thing about opportunities, actually, make that two things about opportunities is:

  • You have to recognise them. Opportunities don’t necessarily show up wearing a t-shirt that says “pick me.” They could be hidden, disguised, heavily camouflaged, or arrive at the wrong time. It’s up to you to recognise them (or not), accept the timing (or not), and make the leap of faith (or not).
  • Sometimes a door has to close, an ending has to happen, something has to be let go of in order for you to recognise the opportunity for what it is. Trying to keep a closing door open, often means you don’t see another door up the hall.

Instead of goals you might want to vision board. If you do set goals, make sure that they push your boundaries and comfort zones. Learn something that blows your mind, explore a new religion or philosophy, travel to a different culture and immerse yourself in it.

You get the idea.

And finally…

If you are setting goals, apply the SMART principles:

S Keep them specific

M Make sure that you can measure the outcome

A They should be achievable- with effort. What actions do you need to take?

R Realistic. Yep. Make it so.

T Set a date to achieve or check in on your goals

Your Sun and Saturn sign will also tell you a lot about how you go about achieving your goals- so why not use it?

How does your sign set goals? That’s a subject for a whole different post.