CHAARG girls love setting goals almost as much as we love CHAARG itself! Often our goals help us to strive for a physical end result, such as lifting heavier weights or running further distances. When we achieve these goals, we feel accomplished, happy, ++ proud. However, when we set these goals, we also want the emotional benefit that comes with reaching them. Desire mapping is a practice used to help keep those emotional rewards in mind when setting goals —
WHAT IS DESIRE MAPPING?
Desire mapping is setting goals based on the emotional outcome instead of the physical // material reward. When setting goals, whether for the day or long-term, desire mapping pushes you to think of how you want to feel at the end of that time period. For example, you could promise yourself a physical reward — workout clothes, new weights, dinner from your fav restaurant — for working overtime at your job. By the end of the week, you’ll probably be glad to have that nice paycheck, but will you be exhausted from overworking? How will you feel after working so many hours at the end of the week, or even at the end of each day? Desire mapping helps to remind you to take a moment + consider your emotional + mental health when setting goals.
HOW TO SET GOALS WITH DESIRE MAPPING
Each time we decide to set goals, we take the time to think about the outcome + what we truly want. Without realizing it, we tend to push away the desire mapping concept + focus on that physical reward instead of how we want to feel. Next time you’re setting goals, make your emotions a priority. If your goal is to go to the gym every day for at least 45 minutes [enough time to do the #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP workouts ; ) ] but you know work // class is going to take a lot of energy out of you, or you haven’t been sleeping well recently, think about how you’ll feel when the time comes to workout. Consider going to the gym for less time or doing a short workout at home. You can still get that exercise in without pushing yourself too hard! Your emotions // mental health are as important as your physical health + they deserve to be cared for. Set goals with the intention to feel more alive, positive, ++ energetic when you accomplish them instead of aiming for the physical reward.
If you’re looking for a new summer read + want to learn more about desire mapping, check out Danielle LaPorte’s *The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with the Soul.* Don’t forget to share what you think by tagging us @CHAARG on Instagram!
+Beth (bethb_inchaarg) // GVSU CHAARG