Without a goal, you’ll miss your target every time.
One of the most valuable tools I’ve encountered to help improve health and well-being is to set regular goals. Taking the time to think about your health, social, romantic, career goals identifying and writing down these goals is critical. Reflecting on these goals regularly is the follow-through phase, and is mandatory in order to get the most out of the exercise. I also find this self reflection time to be a great opportunity to identify two or three things I’m grateful for since my last goal setting exercise.
He who does not reflect is a ruined man – Chinese Proverb
Once you have taken the time and thought through your goals, write them down! This is where you need to be as specific as possible, and write down your goal with such clarity that you can already see it in front of you. I find it useful to have goals with very short term (1-2 days), short term (1-2weeks), mid term (1-6months) and longer term goals (1-3years). Typically working from the longest time horizon back towards the immediate goals.
The most powerful aspect of this exercise is creating a list of immediate actions. This can be a list of small (or large) tasks, which will help push you towards your ultimate goals. Start Now!
Some thought starters are to ask yourself some of the following questions:
- What would you do every day if you had $5+ million in the bank?
- What would you do if you had 1week/1month/1year/ the rest of your life to live? – morbid, but extremely powerful.
- What can you do to achieve your 3year goal in 1year (or even 6months)?
- What are three things that you are greatful for, right now?
More excellent tools to help with goal setting, reflection and gratitude can be found on my resources page.
Happy Goal Setting!