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Creating goals for success

I've been

living with 100% Goal Achievement since 2015 - and as you read that, I bet you think that I can't be trying that hard.

Goals are supposed to be achieved.

Some goals that I am currently working towards are:

  • Positively impact 1,000 each month during 2021

  • Pay off my mortgage in 2021

  • Read 3 books a day with my son in 2021

The structure that I follow is adapted from SMART-ER Goals and every goal that I make is in support of my vision.

The E and R include Ethics and Reward, and adds two questions to the list:

- How will this affect the people closest to me

- What reward will I get for completing the goal.

Whilst this is great and works for many people, what I have found that really works is to break the outcome down.

Break It Down

You can't have a general goal - get fitter is a typical example - because it doesn’t mean anything. It's not specific and as such doesn't have a success criteria.

How will you know that you are fitter and by when?

Getting fitter is the vision - and the goals then become things like:

- Only eat chocolate on Mondays and Fridays

- Train for 30 minutes, two times a week

To understand whether the goal you are working on is something you really REALLY want, you need to ask yourself some questions.

- What kind of world do you want to live in

- What could you do to live in that world today?

- How would you know if you are living in this world?

- How will living in this world affect those closest you?

Now ask yourself

- What are the things that I can change to move closer to this world?

- What action could I take to support these things?

- What do I need to do to be successful?

- When I am successful, what will it mean for my family?

- How long do I think it will take me to complete this action?

Lets take the Get Fitter Vision

- What are the things that I can change to move closer to this world?

- I want to live my best and longest life possible

- I want to be able to run a mile in 7 minutes

- I want to lift 20kg weight

What action could I take to support these things?

I need to eat healthy and exercise regularly.

What do I need to do to be successful?

I'm going to eat meat twice a week, deserts become a special treat on Fridays and I'm going to exercise 3 times a week

When I am successful, what will it mean for my family?

When I am doing all these things regularly, I will hopefully be slimmer, more able to keep up with my kids, live a healthier lifestyle without thinking too much about it. My family wont be worried about my weight, I will be able to fit into smaller clothes

How long do I think it will take me to complete this action?

I think it will take me 6 months to do this.

The action list for the vision of "Getting Fitter" is:

  • Exercise 3x a week for 30 minutes

  • Deserts on Friday only (or buy desert on Friday only)

  • Eat meat twice per week

  • Buy Vegetarian cook book

And so on

We understand the outcome of completing this goal and are spurred on by it. If we don't achieve the goal then we can't have those things.

What happens if it's going to take longer?

That’s OK, re-evaluate your goal and move the dates out

What happens if I keep moving out the end date?

Get yourself an accountability partner. Someone that will hold you to account for your action, or inaction of this goal.

To help you get fit, get a PT. Pay them in advance and LETS DO IT!

What happens if I achieve my goal too easily?

Great! Well done you!

Every goal should be achieved. Once you've achieved it, plan your next goal.

Same goes for your vision too.

What can you set goals for?

Anything and everything.

I've set goals for meeting my soulmate, paying off my mortgage, reconciling with a family member, exercising, time spent on my business.

When you find a process that works for you - relish it, nurture it, enjoy it.

My Vision

I have a vision of a world without judgement so that we all have access to the same opportunities and can life a fulfilled life.

In support of my vision, I am to reach 1,000 people each month and positively impact their lives. (That's just one of my goals)

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