Goal setting is really something we should be teaching kids in school. The only goal setting that is really discussed on a global scale, when you think about it, is the ‘New Years Resolution’, where we all decide we are going to lose weight, stop smoking, join a gym or learn Spanish!
This is all well and good, however entirely unspecific.
By the time it gets to March everyone pretty much forgets about their NYR anyway!
Imagine instead, that we all started the year with our short, medium and long-term goals, specific to all major aspects of our lives? Not only does this create an opportunity to achieve our highest ideals, it helps with time management and productivity – Because we know exactly what we are working towards!
Specific goals to then reward ourselves for and celebrate together when we make small steps or huge leaps in the right direction.
Having clear, concise and measurable goals, not written to then beat ourselves up about if we didn’t quite get there one week or month, but to encourage us towards what we are looking to achieve on or wider scale, a visual to stare back at us should we fall off track. An easy to come back to, clear way of reminding ourselves what we really truly want.
Have goals and know what you are working towards.
Write your goals down and print them off a number of times and stick them everywhere!
Work, home, the bathroom! Get creative, have them there so that your goals are right there staring you in the face! The more you see them, the more you are writing the script for what’s next – It’s a thing!
How do you set goals?
For some people this can be quite tricky, it was for me the first time, you start with ‘stop this,’ ‘quit that’ and maybe ‘train more’.
This is a blueprint guide to your destination, however, it’s not your finished result.
Those initial thoughts are going to help you re-write what will then become your clear, measurable and productive goals.
The areas I use (feel free to hop on board my bandwagon here, or you can use your own)
With your categories in mind, it’s time to look at time-frames.
Short (This week)
Medium (6 Months)
Long (2 years)
Now here’s the fun part! Take a look at my example:
|Fitness||5x training sessions||Run 10K||Complete 14 day yoga retreat in an exotic country|
|Diet||Switch from large coffee to small|
1x Veggie juice daily
|Home-make all my own natural treats|
|Career||Take my team for lunch||Time Management – Create and stick to my day plan||Expand my work internationally|
|Family||Call my Nan and tell her I love her||Visit my family for Christmas and spoil my nieces||Go on a holiday with my family|
|Personal||Go to a new fancy restaurant for dinner||Buy new car||Go to Vegas with my friends|
|Financial||Don’t take my card out this week, only cash||Invest 10k in shares||Save 40% of my earnings $X Amount by year-end X|
The above is just an example of my very specific goals.
You can afford to be ambitious, break them down and work out exactly what you need to get to where you want.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” Napoleon Hill.