In the worksheets below, list 6 goals in each area of your life. These areas look familiar? You rocked them out on your Wheel of Life!
A few things to keep in mind as you list your goals:
State your goals in the affirmative, thinking about what you will achieve rather than what you want to discard. Ex: “I am my ideal weight of 120 lbs by X date.” Or “I have 10 lbs of lean muscle by X date.” Not, “I want to lose 50 lbs.”
This may feel a little awkward at first, but remember, your mind is remarkably powerful. Stating your wants tends to produce more of the same: wanting. Declaring your goals as in the affirmative sets your mind to work on creating what you have stated to be so.
This isn’t new age-thinking. It’s a simple brass-tacks, process-oriented way to achieve results. And I’ve seen it work time and time again.
Don’t be afraid to declare really big goals. Don’t get hung up right now on the particulars. Give yourself permission to dream a bit. What goals would you achieve if you had all the necessary skills and the right environment? What would you do if you knew you couldn’t possibly fail? This second isn’t the time to think about the how. Just write down the end result.
Make It Personal
Let these goals come from your heart. What do you really want from life? Spend some time thinking about your perfect life. Where do you live? What time do you wake up each day? How much money are you making a year? Who are you surrounded by? What does your perfect day involve?
Far too often, we get stuck in a rut and go day-to-day without a ton of thought only to way up one morning and think, “What the hell am I doing with my life?” If you’re unsatisfied or even just “doin’ ok,” you can rewire and live a great life. All it takes is some thought, a plan and action.
Have fun with these worksheets below and remember, don’t be afraid to go big!
|Spark: Profit growth, new business, promotion, new job, find a mentor, become a mentor, big projects, define where I want to live, etc.|
|Spark: Income, savings, be debt-free, giving, retirement-plan, etc.|
|Spark: New skills, read X minutes each day, take a course, increase knowledge in particular subject, join a networking group, etc.|
|Spiritual Fulfillment (SF)|
|Spark: Meditate for 20 minutes everyday, read something inspirational for 30 minutes everyday, reflect on life with gratitude each morning, etc.|
|Spark: Tell someone important that I love them each week, express love to X in specific ways, become the person I want to be with, attract my perfect partner, etc.|
|Physical Well Being & Health (PWB)|
|Spark: Workout 5x per week, eat 4-5x per day, eat whole foods, sign-up for a class, join gym, keep only whole, clean foods in my home, gain 5 lbs of lean muscle, increase energy, schedule dr. exams, sleep 7-8 hours per night, etc.|
|Spark: Spend time with friends and family at least 1x per week, call friend or family member every other day just to say hello, forgive someone, make new friends with like-minded people, plan special events for friends and/or family once a month, etc.|
|Fun & Enjoyment (F&E)|
|Spark: Plan trip to Indonesia, learn to play the guitar, learn to speak Italian, buy a surfboard and learn to use it, plan weekly drinks with friends, become an expert in French wines, completely unplug for 30 minutes everyday, etc.|
|Helping Others (HO)|
|Spark: Set aside 10% of all monies for giving, spend 30 minutes everyday thinking about how I can help others achieve their goals, find an organization and volunteer for a few hours each week, etc.|
- Take a look at all of the goals you’ve written out above.
- Narrow them down to your Top 10.
- Set a deadline for each.
|TOP TEN GOALS – 2013|
Check Your Balance
We need to make sure that your goals are balanced.
Look at your top 10 goals. Do they cover each area in your Wheel of Life? Remember, this is Life360. Your aim is to have happiness and success in your whole life.
If you see that you have portions of the wheel that aren’t represented in your Top 10 goals, re-adjust until you have balance.
Before you print out your goals and pin them up everywhere in eyesight, we want to do one final check on them. It’s important that they are Specific, Measurable and Attainable.
Specific: each goal must be crystal clear. If you were to say it to someone else, they’d immediately understand exactly what you’re going to achieve.
Not specific: Get out of debt.
Specific: Pay off $16,000 in total outstanding debt by December 31, 2013.
Measurable: goals need to be quantifiable. This is important. It allows you to create a timeline, track your progress and see tangible results. Results are an amazing motivator. They’ll help spur you on in the tough times.
Not specific: Get in shape.
Specific: Achieve my ideal weight of 120 lbs, gain visible lean muscle and get off of blood pressure medication by June 1, 2013.
Attainable: It’s important to set big goals. Right now is a good time to take a reality check. How lofty are they? Be honest. This isn’t to inhibit you. It’s to help you succeed on a deadline. If your goal is to make 4 million dollars by the end of the year, but you don’t have the slightest clue as to how you’re going to do it, that may be unrealistic. If you know in the back of your mind and in your heart that the goal you’ve set is really nothing more than a wild pronouncement, you’ll create a blockage. Your goals should push you out of your comfort zone and drive you forward. They should not, however, rely on some fantastical feat of external luck. You’re in control.
No examples here. This is for you to figure out. Review your goals and determine if they’re attainable.
Now that you’ve done your final check, take another look at your balanced Top 10 Goals.
Select the three that are most important to you. If you were to focus most intently on three of these ten goals, which would they be?
|MY TOP 3 GOALS|
And there you have it.
Feast your eyes on your top 10 goals with the 3 biggest, most important ones extrapolated for your achieving pleasure.
Most likely, your mind is immediately jumping to thoughts of how you might go about achieving these goals. Fair enough. We’ll get there. But for now, just reflect on these goals and be proud of this work you’ve done.
If you’ve come this far and have your goals down on paper and have done so in a smart, systematic way, you are light years ahead of most people.
It only gets better from here.