Goal Setting Success:
List Your Goals and Keep Them Visible
Surprisingly few people regularly make lists of their goals and even fewer put their lists where they can see them. Part of goal setting success is creating visuals that will keep your goals front-and-center on a regular basis and motivate you to remain focused and actively working towards your success.
A lot of money was once paid for the following famous goal setting advice given to a rich businessman:
Each night make a list of 6 things you need to do tomorrow and list the 6 tasks in order of priority. When tomorrow arrives, start on the first task and complete it. Then move on to the second task. If you don’t finish all your tasks add the unfinished ones to your list for the next day.
Goals could be listed for each day, each week, each month, each year and for life. You could even make lists for each project you are working on. The women that participate in our annual goals challenge are focused on specific goals and meet monthly to share their successes, areas of opportunity and brainstorm ideas to help them achieve their personal and professional goals.
The First Step: List Your Goals
One resource they utilize is a goals journal that helps them to formulate their SMART Goals and list out measurable action steps for each month of the year. It’s something that can be easily slipped into their purse or planner and referenced throughout their day.
Recently, Minnie Driver, the singer was asked: “What drives you?” She gave a thoughtful reply:
• To live fully – to pursue every gift I’ve been given.
• To think what am I going to bring to this day as opposed to what I am going to get from it.
• I want to have kids and live by the sea and write records, have a great partnership with someone and maybe do some teaching.
Very few people could have come straight out with such a clear life mission statement. Minnie is going to make the most of her singing talent and give rather than get. She wants kids and wants to live by the seaside and so on.
Ask yourself what the main goals of your life are? Could you come up with a great list like Minnie Driver’s if someone put you on the spot? Do you plan:
• To become all that you can become?
• To help others become all that they can become?
• To live an extraordinary life?
• To help humans, animals and even insects?
• To see the wonders of the world?
• To love your neighbour as yourself? etc. etc.
It is worth making a list and reviewing it regularly. You can always reevaluate your mission statement or list of life goals whenever you need to. In the mean time life goals will give you a road map for your success.
However, goals are soon forgotten unless you look at them and revise them regularly. Some people put their list of goals on post it notes and stick them on their computers. Some buy computer software that will parade their goals across their computer screen. Find what works best for you and do it!
I put my goals right next to my computer in my office space. This reminds both my conscious and subconscious minds to focus on the goals. They are thus much more likely to be completed. They will also be finished with much less conscious effort.
Try placing your goals list somewhere prominent where you have a bit of space and will be able review them regularly! Feel free to share in the comments where you post your goals for the year.
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