Tip #4 from my new "Grab Your Goals" coaching program is making sense and rationalizing your list.
Now that you have separate lists for within 1 year, 3 years, 5, years, or 10 years, you have created a rational structure to order short-term and long-term goals, and those in-between. Don't worry if you go back and forth between labeling a goal as a 3 or 5 ... or moving it to 10. This is exactly why this activity works. It makes you REALLY consider goals as a possibility.
Another fun way to complete this task more visually is to create a vision board - on paper or computer. Make "buckets" or columns for 1-year, 3-year, and so forth. Then cut your individual goals into separate pieces of paper (or digital chunks/boxes with each indicated by a different color, font, or with a graphic/picture) and shuffle them around until you've put things into perspective.
Doing this will help you see them as real, not as an idea or fleeting thought. And it will prepare you for the next important step.
Next up: Selecting the most important of your 1 year goals to focus on for the coaching program.
Tip #3 from my new "Grab Your Goals" coaching program is to get your goals down on paper.
You MAY have a clear goal in mind, but there may be others attached. There is rarely anything in life that we think about that doesn't come all jumbled up with a lot of other thoughts and desires.
Part of this program is to get clear and get real! Writing your goals down makes it a concrete thing and sends a message to your unconscious mind that you mean business!
Take a piece of paper or Word doc and write as many things you can think of that you'd like to do, achieve, experience, or have in your life. This isn't really a bucket list, though, because it includes career, personal growth, financial, health, relationships, and fun. You can look at all areas or focus on one,
OK, here's the challenge: Write down AT LEAST 50 things. If you want to combine or organize those 50 things into different categories, that's fine.
After you have your list of 50, think about how long it will take to accomplish each one. Create a timeline ordering scheme, from 1 to 10 years. A 1 indicates you're ready to work on this NOW, a 3 is for the near future, a 5 is for in-between short- and long-term, and a 10 is long-term.
Next up: Making sense of this big list.
Tip #2 from my new "Grab Your Goals" coaching program is about determining if the goal in mind is really yours and if it will keep you motivated: How does it make you feel?
We rationalize, analyze, and strategize. But the truth is, we do things—or don't do things—because of how they make us feel. Or how we think they will make us feel.
Think about your life. EVERYTHING you ever really wanted in your life was because you thought it would make you feel good or feel better. You want something because your think it will make you feel satisfied, more fulfilled ... or proud, accomplished ... or relief ... or joy ... or free.
Ho does the goal you're considering make you feel? Do you feel excited? Empowered? Or do you feel resistant? Burdened? If you don't feel excited when you imagine attaining the goal, then maybe it isn't really YOURS?
Or start here to find your goal: How do you WANT to feel? What will it take for you to feel that?
Next tip up: Making a list of goals.
It's finally Spring here in Rochester, NY and I'm excited to announce 2 NEW coaching programs: "Grab Your Goals" and "Soothing Job Search Overwhelm." I will be sharing helpful hints from both throughout the coming weeks so Watch. This. Space!
Quick tip from my new "Grab Your Goals" coaching program: 1st step in achieving a goal is knowing EXACTLY what it is. Is the goal your own? Or are other people calling the shots in your head?
Is it what YOU really want?
You won't have a smidgen of a chance of accomplishing a goal if YOU don't REALLY want it. You will never follow through with what is needed to be done toward your goal, when your motivation is lagging or other things overwhelm, if the goal isn't truly yours.
In my next tip I'll offer an easy way to determine if a goal is really yours and if it is one that will keep you empowered.
I was intrigued from the first moment I read the bold claim accredited to Socrates that "the unexamined life is not worth living" and it has been a touchstone throughout my life. And, through the power of hindsight, I see its influence powering many of my career choices and life activities.