For those who know me, I’m an incredibly ambitious & competitive character that’s always striving to be the best that I can be. I’ve been setting goals for as long as I can remember. It’s not until recently that I really understood why I should be setting goals.
A lot of us set goals based on the big events happening in our lives. Whether it’s a new business that we want to grow (or start), do well at our job, get fit or lose weight, get into that university or make that sports team. These are all valid goals to achieve, but why?
For me, the majority of my goals have been based on three things – business, sport and academics. This would be quite similar for a lot of people. But how will I feel if I actually achieve the goals? How will my life be better? Is it a stepping stone for something even greater?
I’ve recently refined a practical method of setting goals that could literally change your life. I hope that by doing this you’ll learn a lot about yourself, be in a great position to achieve success and live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Firstly, grab a fresh piece of paper and create 3 columns with the headings:
HAVING BEING DOING
In each columns, write down up to 4 things that you really want to have, be, and do in 2017.
This is the hardest part of the exercise because many people, including me, are not 100% sure about what they actually want in life. I guarantee that by doing this you’ll be clearer than ever. Goal setting should be holistic – it’s not just about your business, nor sport, not just about university or school and not just about work – it’s about you & everything you want to be.
The key is to be completely open in this exercise. There is no right or wrong. Don’t be restricted by what you think is possible or not possible. Do not be restricted by money, knowledge or your peers. This is a brainstorm about what you really want to have, who you want to be and what you want to do.
Having is about material things that you want. Whether it’s a new car, a house, an apartment, a new phone, a swimming pool, new clothes, a new watch or a Ferrari. Don’t have any limitations.
Being is the person you want to be. Do you want to be a great leader? Do you want to be a pilot? Do you want to be a university graduate? Do you want to be a business owner? The world is your oyster, be who you want to be.
Doing are the things that you want to do. Do you want to run a marathon? Go on holiday to Europe? Visit New York? Take up Yoga? Do the things you want to do.
For many of us, we have low-hanging fruit that we can achieve in life that will make us instantly happier and more fulfilled. It’s perhaps something that we have always wanted to be or do but just keep putting it off or put it in the ‘too hard’ basket. Now is the time to do those things. I’ve got a few low-hanging goals that I can cross-off in the first few months of 2017. I’m able to tick them off quickly because I’ve been thinking about them for a long time but have just put them off. They are: run a marathon, go scuba diving, become a surf lifesaver. Achieving these things will make me instantly happier and more fulfilled.
If you haven’t already, go ahead and write down up to 4 things that you really want to have, be, and do in 2017.
Step Two – what will change your life?
This is probably the easiest part. Choose four goals with a minimum of one from each column – having, being and doing. The four you choose should be the most fulfilling and influential in your life when they’re accomplished – aim high. These will be your goals for 2017.
Grab a new piece of paper and write down the 4 goals.
Here are mine for the first 6 months of 2017:
– Buy an apartment
– Become a surf lifesaver (get my bronze medallion certificate)
– Become an author (publish my first book)
– Go scuba diving as a certified diver
You’ll notice that both of my being goals have brackets. The brackets are actionable objectives for my ‘being’ goals. It’s not enough to say that you want to be the best salesperson in Australia. You have to define what that actually looks like. Perhaps you will define being the best salesperson by winning the Best Australian Salesperson of 2017 (just made that up, but you get the point). For me, I want to become an author by publishing my first book that I have been writing. The publishing of my book makes me an author and thus makes that goal achieved. There must be an endpoint.
Step 3 – take action.
Grab another fresh piece of paper.
Write down 1 task/action for each goal that you can do right now to put yourself closer to achieving your goals. The actions you take now should take less than 5 minutes each.
Here are the actions that I can take for my goals in less than 5 minutes to kick start 2017:
Buy an apartment:
– Email/call a mortgage broker to get some quotes on the best available mortgages
Become a surf lifesaver (get my bronze medallion certificate):
– Email a surf lifesaving club with details on training for the bronze medallion
Become an author (publish my first book):
– Research whether it’s better to self-publish or go through a publisher
Go scuba diving as a certified diver:
– Research the best diving schools around Melbourne
That’s it. You’ve got 4 goals for 2017 that will make you more successful, happier and fulfilled. Take a look over your 4 goals and imagine it’s December 31st 2017, you’ve ticked off all 4 of your goals. How good would that feel? Go on and take those first actions in less than 20 minutes total to setup a wonderful 2017.
Feel free to drop me an email with your goals, or any questions that you have! firstname.lastname@example.org