Getting Granular on Your Goals

If you’ve been following me for a little while, you’ll know:

I like templates. I don’t like having to work hard all the bloody time. I believe in working smart.


At the time of writing, it’s the end of the month.

I have a strong ritual that I stick to, let me share with you what I did this morning.


STEP ONE


I started with meditation. I set a visualisation for the month, felt into it, and in that happy cloud, I came to my desk. I sat down and I started looking at my goals.


STEP TWO

I have a sheet for everything, so I filled out my 2020 sheet, where I update my statistics. I have an email list count, follower count, and money tracker. I filled them out. Felt gratitude for all of them, even if they were not particularly impressive.


STEP THREE

I overview the month

What are my top 10 achievements?

What have I learned?

Where am I in these areas of life, 1/10: Relationships, Finance, Career, Growth, Spirituality?

What was the feeling I felt most last month?

What feeling do I want to feel next month?


STEP FOUR

What are my goals for the next month? I pick three.

Then, I write 3-5 steps for each goal.


STEP FIVE

This gets complicated. I’m still working this out, so whatever way works best for you, do it. But let me use an example: I want to run 10k by the end of the month. In order to do that, I need to run at least 3x a week. There are a few other things I need to do on a weekly basis, so I have a tally section for that.


Then, I have one-off items I need to complete. Run 5k, Run 7k, Run 10k for example.


I also have a section of my money goal. I always have a "reach" money goal, and I give myself increments to tick off all the way to that goal.


STEP SIX

Close it out-- I play a good song, I move my body. I feel into all the goals, visualise myself ticking off all those boxes, and all the feelings I feel. My goals are always a mix of personal, physical, and professional so there’s a lot of feelings to be had. But it’s nice. It’s nice to get into these feelings, and give my head a bit of space to get used to it.


STEP SEVEN

Get to work.


I usually set weekly goals at the start of the week (or on Sundays, more likely). I match them to my monthly goals, where I’m at, and how far I need to go or want to go. I really like scheduling in time to do stuff so I can block it from my calendar entirely- in a way, that seems more real to me.


WHAT YOU REALLY NEED

I set goals like this because I’ve been in personal development for over 4 years now. I’ve spent close to US$100k on getting to this point. I say this not to impress you, but to impress upon you the discipline, effort, and mindset it takes to get to a point where you can set your goals and hit them. These goals are created because I consult not just my coaches but myself. These goals are realistic, but just far enough to give me the push that I need.


Spending money on your personal development, on a coach isn’t just about being successful now, but about being successful in the long term. I still use principles I learned two, three years ago and I’m always willing to add to my arsenal. It’s my hunger for learning and progress that keeps me going.


If you’re not sure if you’re there yet, why not book a call with me and find out? Let’s do a biz audit, and maybe even a personal audit to get to the bottom of it.


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