Beginning with the end in mind is the endowment of imagination. If you are the programmer, write the program, says goal expert- Stephen R. Covey. Goals help us to focus, and the quality of our attention is enhanced by a having a goal so big that it makes us want to jump into the the fire and turn up the heat in our lives.
When we start to focus on a goal, we have to start with the end in mind. What are your expectations? You have to get clear about the outcome.
Here's a few tips on how to start the goal planning process.
-- name the accomplishment
-- give your project a title
-- give yourself a drop dead date. (what needs to be done by when)
-- how would you like things to end up
-- identify your reasons for pursuing the goal.
-- how will you feel when the goal is accomplished
RAISE THE BAR
Define greatness, challenge the limits, double the goal, or try something new...These are just some of the sentiments that put our plans into action and move us towards revolutionary results. Raising the bar on a goal can simply mean taking one extra step, having an allegiance to building a new habit or devoting to a regular practice.
Commit to a goal in a meaningful way, personalize it & make it your own, and then watch an otherwise sleepy project wake up and give way to a new found energy, creativity and distinction. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
Here are a few tips to increase the energy around your goal:
-- double the goal
-- challenge the limits
-- create a regular practice
-- raise your standards, values or beliefs
-- make it a game and reward yourself for the achievement
TAKE SMALLER STEPS
Breaking the goal down into smaller increments makes it easier to reach the goal. Deng Ming-Dao, writes in EVERYDAY TAO, An inch in one direction, then an inch in another already makes a span of 2 inches. Gradually we can improve on that. The process of breaking it down into smaller steps allows us to see the goal as being more attainable.
Here's a step by step process to help you break down your goals and make them more achievable.
1. LONG TERM GOALS
Set your long term goals first. These are the big goals that should take 3-5 years to achieve. These long term goals are the goals that will define your future. Think about your ideal life in 5 years. What is your vision? These long term goals must have a drop dead date attached to them.
2. MEDIUM TERM GOALS
Set your medium term goals next. These goals are the building blocks for your long term goals. These goals will help to build habits to hold you accountable to the long term goal. For example, if one of your long term goals is to buy a home in 3 years, then your short term goal may be that you save 15% of your total income in an interest bearing account to grow your money. The action steps that you take must support the long term goal and move your forward in attainment.
3. SHORT TERM GOALS
Set your short term goals last. I think that these are the most important because they help to build the daily habits to move you towards the medium and long term goal achievement. These goals can be focused on anything, as long they help to create habits to support the larger goals. For example, going back to the long term goal of buying a home- your medium term goal is to save 15% of your income for a down payment and the short term goal may be to set up an automatic transfer to the savings account. Or, maybe you decide to not use your debit card and only carry cash so that you limit your spending.
The act of goal setting takes planning. It also must have a purpose and needs to be fueled by your passion. Without planning, purpose and passion, goals become wishful thinking.
So, what is it that you want to do? What big dreams do you have that have not yet manifested? What can you do right now to get started on making those dreams a reality?
What are you waiting for?
Commit grab a pen and put it to paper today.