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Goal Setting is talked about a lot in personal development. Numerous books and blog posts have been written on the topic of goal setting. As a teacher, I am sure you talked to your students about goal setting regularly. However, I know in my own life as a teacher, even though I was talking to my students about setting goals, I wasn’t doing it. My overall health and fitness needed a major overhaul, yet I didn’t set goals and work toward any kind of change. Again, as I mentioned in a previous post, 97% of adults have no written goals. Again, as is one of the main themes of this blog, I want to give you practical goal setting advice that you could implement right away. I have read countless articles and books on goal setting, but only started applying them in the past year. However, I have developed a clear process that is easy to use.
1. Complete the Goal Designing worksheet. This pdf can be found on Darren Hardy’s site that complements his book, The Compound Effect. Honestly, if you can do the Core Values Assessment, and the Lifestyle Design worksheet, you should do those as well. They are located on his site as well. At the end of the process, you will have established your top ten goals and more importantly, you’re top three goals. I find I have an easier time focusing on a few things. So, I take my top three goals and really focus on these. Any more than 3 goals is too much. Greg Bell says in his book, Water the Bamboo, that too many goals is just as bad as no goals. Focus on your top 3. And, even those should be in priority. My number one goal right now is to get to 185 pounds at a healthy rate. I have two other goals I’m working on as well, but that one is my main focus daily.
2. Write your Goals in the Present Tense. Whatever your top three goals are, put them in the present tense as if they were already occurring. Instead of, “I want to be 185 pounds by December 2012”, “I am 185 pounds. I feel healthy and vibrant. I can’t believe how much more active I can be.” There is a difference. When I was creating my goals, to be 185 pounds at a future date is great. However, so that I can harness the power of my subconscious I must put them in the present tense. There is tons of research on this out there if you want to see it. But, again to be practical, just do it and trust the process. Use your present tense goals when you review them, which I discuss in step 3.
3. Put your Goals in a Place Where you will Regularly Review them. I put my goals by my bed so I can go over them in the morning and at night. One mistake I made in the past when it came to goal setting was that I would write my goals down and then never look at them again. These are your top priorities for your life at the moment, they need to be reviewed. Five to ten minutes a day of focus on these goals will work wonders. There has been no magic epiphany for me. There has been no magical power from reviewing my goals, just a continued focus on what small steps I need to make every day to achieve my goals. That is the power. The mind is incredibly powerful, so using it to focus on what you want is the start to unlocking your dreams and potential.
Also, I have begun reviewing my goals weekly on Sunday night in the course of the bigger picture of what I’m going to accomplish, but this will be the focus of my post next week. But, for now, just know that my review process is a work in progress, and that is okay. There are a number of ways you can build in time to review your goals, but however you do it, just make sure its getting done. Again, I will spend more time looking at the review and refining process next week.