Many people feel as if they’re adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don’t seem to get anywhere worthwhile.Many people feel as if they're adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don't seem to get anywhere worthwhile. It is time to get started!!! Click To Tweet
A key reason that they feel this way is that they haven’t spent enough time thinking about what they want from life, and haven’t set themselves formal goals. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination? Probably not!
First consider what you want to achieve, and then commit to it. Then plan the steps you must take to realize your goal, and cross off each one as you work through them.
Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality.
The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.
That’s where this checklist comes in. Over the next 15 days, you have ONE task to do that will help you figure out what you want, set goals to get there, and then actually achieve those goals. It will be hard, because it’s new. But stick to it, and I promise it will change your life.Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. Click To Tweet
Make sure you actually print this out and write EVERYTHING out! It makes a difference when you do it on paper. You need to be able to see it. Refer to it. Own it.
You want to write it out, and then keep it somewhere like a planner or notebook where you can use it to plan things out.
You set your goals on a number of levels:
- First you create your “big picture” of what you want to do with your life (or over, say, the next 5-20 years), and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
- Then, you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit to reach your lifetime goals.
- Finally, once you have your plan, you start working on it to achieve these goals.
This is why we start the process of setting goals by looking at your lifetime goals. Then, we work down to the things that you can do in, say, the next five years, then next year, next month, next week, and today, to start moving towards them.
Bite size goals are much easier to take in and achieve, if you aren’t always looking 10 years to the future. Those goals seem insurmountable.
Brainstorm your ideas. As you do this, make sure that the goals that you have set are ones that you genuinely want to achieve, not ones that your parents, family, or friends might want. (If you have a partner, you probably want to consider what he or she wants – however, make sure that you also remain true to yourself!)
Once you’ve decided on your first set of goals, keep the process going by reviewing and updating your To-Do List on a daily basis.
Periodically review the longer term plans, and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experience. (This is why writing them down is a must)
The Goal Setting Checklist
Set a timer for half an hour and dream big. List out ALL your dreams — every single one!
Start thinking in 3 Month Terms.
Use your big dream goals from #1 to create goals for the next two 3 Month Terms.
Rank each goal in order of priority, and do this for each category: Personal Growth, Health & Wellness, Relationships, Finances, and Career.
Choose 3 goals to focus on for this 3 Month Term. Do this for each category.
Break your 3 Month Term into Monthly Pieces.
Make An Action Plan
Use your Monthly Action Plan to further break your goals down into weekly Priority One Tasks.
Do this on a new piece of paper., or page in your notebook
What top 3 things can you do each week to achieve your Monthly Piece? List out all your weekly Priority Two Tasks. List them beneath the Priority One tasks.
List out all your weekly Priority Three Tasks beneath that. Plan every week according to your weekly Priority Tasks. Block out time for each of your goals, including all the different categories. Add the rest of your tasks around what you’ve blocked out.
Always do the Priority One Tasks first.
At the end of the week, assess your work. How many of the tasks did you complete, within each category? Do your Priority One, Two, and Three Task planning at the beginning of each week. Look at what you did last week. What can do you this week based on what you accomplished?? Write those goals on the weekly spread of your planner!
Make Sure You are Making SMART Goals
A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART.
S – Specific .
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time-framed
Need more info on how to make your goals Smart? Check out my post How to make your goals SMART.
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