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Wrestling with Your Goals?


I Don’t Know Where to Start

My brother in law recently made a comment to me saying that he’d read my Life Goals Guide, but that he was still struggling with how to manage them all, and could I address this. So this article will give you a method/process for working your way through your goals in a way that allows you to feel at ease, even if your list is long! Do this exercise and I guarantee you will find tackling a long goal list much easier!

Assemble Your List of Goals

Use the Life Goals Worksheet (free safe excel download) to list out all your goals. You can either jump right in on the worksheet or if you’d like some basic instruction head over to the Life Goals Guide. (Skip the Personal Values section if you are short on time.) The thing to remember with setting Life Goals is that it is a constant work in progress so don’t worry about making it too perfect or complete. Try to limit yourself to 15-30 minutes to put your first draft together.  You can find an online stopwatch here if that helps you.

Juggle Only One Ball at a Time

Here is where you must get tough with yourself, but I promise you it’s not that hard. It’s simply a mental shifting. Most of us when we view our list of goals we become overwhelmed because we look at them all and thing how can I do all of these at once? The answer is, YOU CAN’T! At least not while staying sane and still being able to sleep. I’ll show you how to tackle these one at a time.

Do You Want to Succeed and Reach These Goals? Really?

OK. If you answered yes, then you must only take on one at a time. You might say: “Wait a minute. That won’t work for me. I need to be doing several of these right now!” If you’re already successfully working towards some of these goals then great. Keep it up. What I’m talking about is introducing new goals. Tackle them one at a time.

The Process

1. Assemble your goals using the Life Goals Worksheet.

2. Order your goals. The easiest way to do this is to put each goal on a small yellow sticky. I recommend actual sticky notes vs. online stickies* because it is much faster! Put your most urgent and important goals first and work your way down. You will keep these stickies to refer to at each Weekly Review. See below for pictures.

3. Write in the priorities next to each yellow sticky on a piece of paper, preferably in your capture notebook using whatever numbering system you like, such as 1,2,3, etc or 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A. (see picture below) Optionally you can also write in the priority on your Life Goals Worksheet.

4. Write out the Next Action Steps for your #1 Goal. See the Action Plan Template in the Life Goals Worksheet. You can do this online in the worksheet or on a printed version of the template.

5. Schedule in the Next Action Steps into your calendar.

6. Capture ideas for other goals during the week in your GTD (Getting Things Done) notebook. You’ll only be working on one goal, but you may come up with ideas for your other goals. Capture them in your notebook and leave your mind clear to stay focused on your current goal. You’ll address these in the Weekly Review.

7. Do a Weekly Review of your Goals to see if you need to add, delete, re-order, mark as completed or start your next goal. This is also where you will take all the ideas you captured in your notebook and add them to the action sheets for your other goals. Once Goal #1 is firmly in process or completed, then move onto Goal #2 and so on. (Write out Next Action Steps and schedule them into your calendar.)

Just Do It

Sometimes we psyche ourselves out. We think we need to be working on all our goals at once. That’s a recipe for failure. Take one goal at a time. Make a pact with yourself that you will not worry about the other goals. Each week at your Weekly Review you’ll be able to reorder your goals if needed. Over the course of 6 months to a year, you’ll be amazed how much you will accomplish by using this “slow and steady” method.

Pictures

List of Goals in Life Goals template (below)

List of Goals Example

Goals Written on Yellow Stickies (below)

goals yellow stickies



Goals Organized by Priority (below)

Goals Prioritized



Action Steps for Current Goal (below)

Action Steps Towards Your Goal


Online Resource

*You can also use online versions like OnlineStickyNotes and Google Notebook.These are cool applications, but I highly recommend using paper for this exercise.

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Can Someone Please Make Goal Setting Easy for Me?

Think goal setting is hard? Well it’s not. The actual goal setting part is easy and fun. It’s setting aside the time to do it that is difficult. We’d much rather sit on “input mode” in front of the TV or internet because that doesn’t require much thinking.

Well if you are yearning for something better in your life right now, do yourself a favor and use this simple guide and free Life Goals and Values Worksheet to discover your values, establish your goals, and craft your action plan to get there.

Unleash the Power of Goal Setting

Did you know that only 3% of people in the US set goals, and that they are among the wealthiest folks in the nation?! If you want to accomplish something, you can do it! But you must know where you want to go, have a plan to get there, and monitor your progress along the way.

I have created a very easy to use excel spreadsheet template to uncover your values, establish your goals, and craft your action plans for each goal. I will keep this as simple and streamlined as possible. Please download the template before starting.

Personal Values

If you want to set your goals very fast, you can skip this part and go to the “Life Goals” heading below. If you want a compass to guide your goal setting then, read this part.

Values are our inner guides that tell us how to live our lives. They help us make the most of our most valuable resource, time. They keep us from becoming caught up in distractions that steal our time away from what we really want. In short, they help us live our best life possible.

Discover Your Personal Values

Steps

  1. Go to the “List of Values” tab in the LifeGoals spreadsheet.
  2. Either print for offline viewing or read it online.
  3. Highlight the ones that resonate with how you want your life to be.
  4. You may add ones to this list or define them more specifically.
  5. Try to get this down to 10-20 values by merging similar ones or eliminating ones that are not as important.
  6. Write out your top 10-20 on yellow sticky notes for prioritizing.
  7. Prioritize these by continually comparing them two at a time until you have them in order.
  8. Type these into the tab “Your Values.”
  9. Place an (x) under each of the categories that those values apply too. See the examples you have questions on how it should look.

 

Free Life Goals Tracker

Click to Download the Free Life Goals WorkSheet


Life Goals

Here’s the fun stuff. What if I told you you can have just about anything you want? Well you can! The real “secret” of this life is that you can achieve anything to which you set your mind. Here’s the magic formula: you must pick your destination, plot your course, execute your plan consistently over time, and monitor your progress, adjusting as necessary. Most of us are doing a lot of this on the fly and that’s fine. However if you want big changes that are important to you, this process will keep you more focused and more likely to succeed.

Setting Your Life Goals

Steps

  1. Go to the “Life Goals Tracker” tab in the LifeGoals spreadsheet. (See example tab for how it might look)
  2. Fill in your goals in the different categories (career, relationships, financial, physical, etc.). Don’t feel like you have to fill them all in at once.
  3. Fill in the SMART criteria for each goal: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound. Each one is explained on the sheet. This can be done either online or printout the sheet.
  4. Go to the “Action Plan Template.”
  5. To fill out on paper, print out as many templates as the number of goals you have.
  6. To fill out online, create as many copies as the number of goals you have. (Go to “Edit”>“Copy or Move Sheet”>click on “create copy”>Click OK)
  7. Fill in the Category and Goal.
  8. Optional: Fill in the Values from “Your Values” tab that align with this goal. If none of your values align, this could be a red flag that either this goal is not right for you, or that you’re missing a value that is important to you.
  9. Fill out an “Action Plan Template” for each goal you have. Include all the steps. Be really specific and detailed. Include Due date if appropriate.
  10. Add action steps into your calendar.
  11. Check off Actions as they are completed.


Tracking Your Progress

This is really important. Just as a pilot needs to continually monitor his location and heading relative to his destination, so must we monitor our progress toward our goals. If you’ve put together a complete action plan then this is easy. There are several ways you can track progress:

  1. Your current calendar. A great one is Google Calendar. Online or offline, schedule your action steps and fill in habits achieved each day.
  2. Online tracker: JoesGoals.com is a great way to track those goals that involve a daily or recurring actions. Very easy to use.
  3. The “Progress Calendar” Tab in the LifeGoals worksheet. You can use this for success charts which I will cover in another post soon.

Some Success Tips

  1. When setting your goals, allow yourself to dream big.
  2. Don’t worry about past attempts. Today is a new day. The future is yours to shape!
  3. Everyday visualize yourself achieving your goal. Believe! You Can Do It!
  4. When tackling your goals and setting your action plan, take it slow. Apply the Rule of One, which says to start only one goal at a time for the most success. Don’t be in a rush. Slow and steady wins the race.
  5. Get a Goal Buddy or more than one to help spur each other on with your goals.
  6. Make sure that your goals are YOURS, not someone else’s idea of what your goals should be.
  7. Goal setting is the easy part. Doing the action steps and monitoring your progress is where the real work is.
  8. Be persistent and methodical. Slow and steady wins the race!
  9. There is no “Failure” just opportunities to learn and readjust your strategy. See “What’s Getting in Your Way.
  10. You goals may morph over time. Adapt your goal list and action plan accordingly!
  11. If traditional goal setting is not for you then just use this loosely to whatever extent you can.
  12. Celebrate successes along the way even if they are small. Enjoy the journey. (Here are some keys to happiness.)
  13. Remember Action Creates Energy so get started now no matter how you feel and watch your enthusiasm grow!

Additional Resources

Goals On Track – very cool online goal software. “an easy to use, web 2.0 style goal setting, goal tracking, task and time management software that helps you accomplish any goals in life.” It is a pay service, but it’s got a 100% money back guarantee. Hey, if it helps you reach your goals, especially financial ones, it will probably pay for itself many times over.

Quantum Cookbook – If you are interested in adding the power of intention to your goals, this course is awesome. Having a guide that helps you focus your mind on your goals on a daily basis is one of the most powerful things you can do to ensure that you follow through. And it has a 200% money back guarantee. (Basiscally if you don’t find value in the course for any reason they will refund you double what you paid!)

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