Day 11 – Goal setting
Write down 10-20 goal ideas. Things that you’ve been wanting for long time and haven’t had the opportunity yet. Revisit your notes from days 5, 8 and any other notes you’ve made that might inspire you. Don’t get overwhelmed, this is not your final list. Take a look at your goals and choose the ones you’re most excited about, bringing your list down to half. Now, for each one the goal ideas ask the following questions and write down the answers:
What will I gain from achieving this goal (physically, financially, emotionally spiritually)?
What will others gain from me achieving this goal (family, friends, clients, prospects)?
Who do I have to become to achieve this goal (habits, skills, attitude)? Is that who I want to be?
Does this goal generate at least one of my desired feelings?
Will this goal make me feel how I want to feel when I achieve it?
And most importantly: Will this goal make me feel how I want to feel while I’m working on it?
Having answered those questions, you’ll most likely cut your list further down. What you need to do is peak you top 3 goals. Achieving things takes real, human time and there’s only that much. Putting too much on your plate will overwhelm you and probably end up to frustrate you. Plus your energy, time and effort will have to divide in multiple channels and you will have slower growth in all of your goals, rather than focusing in one thing at a time. Obviously you don’t have to forget all the other goals for ever, you’ll just won’t decide to focus on them at this moment.
Give yourself time and do some thinking. Reflect on your goals, visualise the outcome and don’t forget to visualise the way to your goals; you have to love the process, or it either won’t work, or it will drain you, which doesn’t worth it.
We have our three goals? That’s great! Let’s go on and work on them for a bit, making them S.M.A.R.T., which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.
Your goals have to be Specific and Measurable. This is how you’ll stay on track and be actually able to evaluate how you’re doing at any time. It’s one thing to say “I want to exercise more” and another to say “I want to book 2 P.T. sessions and 2 yoga classes per week”.
Make sure your goals are attainable and realistic. Do you have/can you make enough time for them? How does they interfere with the rest of your life and responsibilities? For example I’d love to create an at-home silent retreat every a couple of months, but non verbal communication with my toddler just can’t happen.
Time has to always be attached with your goal. Set a date (and time?) that your goal should be achieved by, to create some extra motivation (through the ticking clock) and urgency and make the work that has to be done non-negotiable.
Now, tell me in the comments below, how did this video help you and most importantly, what are you going to do about it?
I am Evi and this is my way of working on a pretty creative self
Until next time, take care
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