In this week’s episode I’m talking about goals and planning and more specifically my 5 steps to defining a goal.
Goal setting and planning isn’t for everyone. I feel at times we can also get carried away with setting goals to then get to the end of the year achieving nothing. Deciding your goals is also a very personal task, so please don’t go comparing yourself to anyone else. Your beginning might someones end.
I found in my 20s and 30s I used to set myself a health/fitness goal, a money goal, a career goal and a personal goal. All of this has changed since then. My heath and fitness is now a way of life. I am very happy where I am at in my corporate career and I guess my goal for 2020 addresses my financial and personal goal.
In 2019, I had far too many goals and this was at the expense of my relationship. Lesson learnt.
2020, I have only one goal! To buy my very first home. In all my years on the planet, I have never wanted to buy a property, feeling that it was too much commitment and that I would feel trapped. But how the mind changes after suffering a significant loss, which changes the path of your future. Time to lay down some roots in the UK, since arriving in 2008.
Okay, enough about me and more about you! In this episode I really want to share with you, the 5 steps I take to identifiy and define my goal/s.
Grab a notebook and pen. I choose coloured pens/textas/sharpies. I then begin the braindump of all the things I would like to achieve this year. Not only does this help me free my mind, it allows to me see on paper exactly what goes round and round in my head!
Read over all the items that you have just brain dumped. Against each one, place a number between 1 – 10. 1 being the lowest and 10 being the most important to you.
The goals that you have placed number 1 through to 8 against them, slightly cross them out. Not so that you cannot see them, but mainly so you can tell your brain, these are out for 2020.
All the goals marked with a 9 or 10 against them, circle it. So it stands out on your page.
Now, depending on how many of those goals you have with a 9 or 10 against, decide for yourself, are you really going to be able to change your lifestyle or sacrifice some stuff for a period of time to achieve those goals.
This is another chance for your mind to really dig deep. How bad do you REALLY want it?
It is crucial for you to be very honest with yourself. Can you commit the time, effort, finances to the goal? Is your partner (if there is one) going to be supportive of your choices?
Once you have chosen your goal/s, now work out how much time you are going to give yourself to each one to achieve your goals.
Depending on what it is, it might take 2 weeks, 2 months or 1 year. Only you can decide that. This steps is very important, as it is about creating a deadline, but with mini deadlines. Think bite size chunks.
This will allow you to track your progress to the defining goal. It won’t feel so overwhelming this way.
As you achieve each little mini goal, you can celebrate and give yourself a small reward.
Purchase my very first home.
I have broken mine into bite size chunks with mini deadlines. So that as I achieve them, I can celebrate the small win. Closer to the prize.
Book in some time on your own, or with your partner if applicable, find a quiet space. Somewhere you will remain uninterrupted. Grab your favourite wine or cuppa and let your mind go wild with all the things you wanna achieve this year.
You will know which goal will be the most important, as it will bring you great joy as you think about it.
Sacrafice wont feel like sacrafice because you know at the end of the rainbow, your pot of gold will be waiting. Your goal achieved.
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Hey, I'm Tarsh! Passionate, fun-loving Aussie now based in London. Founder of activewear label Stomp The Pedal, motivational speaker and multiple Ironman triathlete. Thanks for visiting my site!