Winning at Life: Goal Setting

Hey Everyone! Now that you’ve completed the first step of dreaming, it’s time to transform those dreams into goals. This is the process of “goal setting”. We’re going to be creating small bite size chunks that help you make progress towards your dreams.

 

The Challenge
The problem most people face is that they may think of a great idea or have a life dream, but they have no idea how to turn that dream into a reality. I can think of at least 5 occasions in my own life where I thought I had the next “million-dollar idea” but I couldn’t figure out how to get from A (my idea) to Z (reality). That is largely because I never went through the process of figuring out steps B, C, D, E and so on. Then since I never made any progress towards my dream. I lost motivation and eventually gave up. I wanted to jump straight to Z without going through the process.

 

My Dream
With my blog, I’ve gone through this process. Creating a blog is one of many goals I believe will help me achieve my dream. My dream is to start my own business as a life coach. With that dream in mind, I determined what a successful life coach business would look like. Then I worked backwards and created goal upon goal upon goal. Each one building on the one before it. The goals also contains deadlines that create a sense of accountability and motivation within me. Each goal I complete creates a sense of success and motivates me towards the next goal. It’s the goal achievement motivation cycle.

 

The only reason I finished this post today, is because one of my goals is to finish 5 blog posts by the end of the day on 9/17/2017. Here I am, awake at 11:30 at night desperately trying to complete my goal, so I can stay on the path to success. I could have waited, went to bed and then finished it tomorrow, but then I wouldn’t feel as accomplished as I do while I’m putting the finishing touches on this post.

The Process
Now that you understand goal setting, let’s go through the process. First, you want to begin with the dream and work your way backwards. Let’s say for instance that our dream is to run a marathon which takes place next February. Unless your already in insanely good shape and have remarkable endurance, you’re not just going to go out and run a marathon. Instead, we want to take that goal and break it into bite sized chucks which might look something like this.

 

Goal: Run a Marathon – 2/1/18

  • Run a ½ mile – 9/17/17
  • Run a mile – 9/18/17 – 9/22/17
  • Run 2 miles – 9/25/17 – 9/29/17
  • Run 3 miles – 10/2/17 – 10/13/17
  • Run 5 miles – 10/16/17 – 10/27/17
  • Run 8 miles – 10/30/17 – 11/10/17
  • Run 12 miles – 11/13/17 – 11/24/17
  • Run 16 miles – 11/27/17 – 12/15/17
  • Run 20 miles – 12/18/17 – 1/12/18
  • Run 26.2 miles – 1/15/18 – 2/1/18

 

From here we may want to break some of these more challenging one into smaller goals like this:

  • Run 5 miles
    • Day 1 – run 3 miles, Day 2 & 3 – run 4 miles, Day 4 & 5 – run 5 miles
    • Day 6 & 7 – run 3 miles, Day 8 – run 4 miles, Day 9 – rest, Day 10, 11 run 5 miles, Day 12 – run 3 miles

 

You would do this same process for 8 miles, 10 miles, 12 miles all the way up to 26.2 miles by February 1st. When you break down a 26.2 miles run into 10 smaller pieces that build on each other, it becomes a much more manageable dream.

 

Moving Forward
This process can be applied to any life goal. It can work on something as simple as running a race to something as complex as starting a business, building financial freedom or even raising kids. If you can dream it, you can do it. To ensure success, you have to create goals and be accountable to those goals and to yourself. If you follow this plan, you will set goals and deadlines and you will see the progress as you move forwards. This progress will motivate you to keep moving forward closer and closer to your dream.

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