Goal Setting

February 3, 2009

goalsGoal setting is important in your personal and professional life. Setting a goal gives you something to strive for and gives a sense of accomplishment. By setting and defining a goal you are much more likely to achieve it. To have the best chance of reaching your goals follow these steps.

Step 1 – Get Excited

A. In a peak state, write down every goal you think you’d like to accomplish in the next five years. Be sure to include ANYTHING you want do do, be, share, create, have, give. Include financial goals, personal development goals, physical goals, relationship goals, contribution goals – anything you’d like to learn, enjoy, or do. No matter how silly or outrageous it may seem, this is your chance to dream without limits. Be sure to keep you pen moving as fast as possible!

B. When you are finished, go through your list and next to each item, write down the number of years you want to take (or believe it will take) to achieve your goal (write 1 year, 2-3 years, or 5 years).

Step 2 – Get Focused

Out of your list of goals (from Step 1) circle your top four one year goals. Out of your entire list, what do you want most? What are the top four goals that, if you could achieve them this year, would get you up early and keep you up late with excitement?

Step 3 – Get Committed

A. For each of your top four one year goals, write a paragraph about why they are “musts” for you to achieve them. What are the reasons you absolutely will achieve this no matter what? Remember, reasons come first, answers come second! Why do you want this?

B. What are some of the things that you may need to do that you don’t want to do in order to achieve these goals? If you have enough passion, you can get yourself to do anything, but first you must be certain about what “anything” might entail. Let’s look the tiger in the eye!

Step 4 – Get Momentum

A. Decide now: What is one small thing that you will do immediately toward achieving one of your top goals (e.g., make a phone call, book a meeting, get on the internet to do research, sign up for a seminar, get a coach, etc.)?

B. What is one big thing that you resolve to do immediately to achieve this goal (e.g., make a decision, throw out all the unhealthy food in your house right now, give something away, etc.)?

Step 5 – Get Smart

To make sure you follow through, you have to get smart and measure yourself consistently. Remember, most people set some New Year’s goals, have no plan or direction, take no action, and then measure again next New Year’s! The more you measure something the better it gets. You must resolve now to measure your specific progress daily or at least weekly.

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