It took me 40 years to figure out that the key to life is feeling like I had a fulfilling day — I accomplish that through setting goals…and I’m maniacal about them.
I believe that without goals your progress comes to a screeching halt. As Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator once said:
“Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.”
I “begin with the end in mind” (one of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People) — I define what I want in my entire life and then chunk down my goals from there.
Here are the 10 chunks (or “steps”) I take:
“To positively vibrate the Universe through friends, family and even strangers.”
Steve cried at the 106th answer with this life purpose statement :
“To live consciously and courageously, to resonate with love and compassion, to awaken the great spirits within others, and to leave this world in peace.”
Ok, now you’re ready for your goals. Before we get started, I want to point out that I believe in setting ambitious goals. As the advertising guru Leo Burnett once said:
“When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.”
After that, I started to notice that there are a handful of really important “big picture goals.” These are the more specific items that I know if I do I’ll support my life purpose statement above.
Here is an example of my big picture goals:
Now you’re ready for a more specific list of “lifetime goals” that will support your “big picture goals.”
Then, I set more specific 20-year goals that will support those lifetime goals. For example, here are some of mine:
Then I set 5-year goals that will support my 20-year goals such as:
Then do the same with:
Your 1-year goals should support your 5-year goals.
Your 90-day goals should support your 1-year goals.
Your 30-day goals should support your 90-day goals.
Now, I keep all of the above in a Google Doc and I print out the 90 day and 30 day goals and keep it on my desk in a stand-up binder.
9) Set Your Weekly Goals
I set my weekly goals every Sunday night with an emphasis on the 5 or so major projects in my life that I want to make progress on to support my 30-day goals.
Every night before I go to sleep I write down my daily goals for the next day (to support my weekly goals).
I revise my goals periodically as I add, delete or modify what I want to try to do in life.
Don’t worry about missing some goals. You’re still achieving way more than if you hadn’t set the goals at all!
In fact, once thing you will find is that you will achieve some things that weren’t even goals at all…those are bi-product achievements as a result of your goal setting.
Finally, right before I’m going to go to sleep, I write down the handful of awesome things that I accomplished/experienced that day.
It’s usually just a few bullets of stuff.
They won’t necessarily be directly related to my goals — they’ll just be things that make me feel great.