Posts Tagged ‘goals’

Questions to shape your future

August 22, 2008
Stop and smell the flowers...

Stop and smell the flowers...

Someimes life flashes by so fast, you wonder where the time has gone?
Do you remember what you vowed back in 2000 when we all made big plans? Have those dreams come to fruition?

In 5 years time it will be 2013 – the Olympics happened last year in London, and Obama is entering his second term. What will you have achieved by then?

It is said that people overestimate what they can achieve in a year, but underestimate what they can achieve in 10 years. So, try for 5!

Here are some questions to think about today that will shape your future. Don’t constrain yourself to what you think is achievable. Sometimes you need to set big, hairy audacious goals and leave it to the Universe to help you achieve them.

  1. Where are you in 2013? A different house, different city, near the beach, in the forest, with your family, living alone, partying hard in the city or quietly by the sea. Where do you want to be?
  2. What are you doing with your life in 2013? What is your job? Do you work for a big company with lots of perks? or a small company where you make a difference? Do you own your own business? Do you love what you do? Do you wake up full of energy and ideas every day?
  3. What are your relationships and family like in 2013? Are you happy in your marriage/partnership? Do you have children? Do you spend time with other members of your family? How are your close friends?
  4. How is your health in 2013? Are you fit and active? Have you stopped smoking/drinking hard? Have you done the marathon you always said you would? Are you confident in your body? Do you love yourself?
  5. How are your finances in 2013? Are you financially free? Do you have savings? Can you buy your dream home/car/holiday? Can you afford school fees? Do you have investment income from shares, property or term deposits? (HINT: If you invest in 2008, you will be able to say yes!)
  6. How is your spirituality in 2013? (however you define it). Are you happy that your life is not just material and transitory? Do you have meaning beyond the daily grind and weekly dramas?

What are your dreams? Not just your goals – but your dreams. Free up some time and write these answers down. You don’t need to know how to get there, just listen what you want.

If you know this, you can start now – and in 2013, you won’t be in the same situation you are unhappy with now.
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Solstice: Revisit your goals in the middle of the year

June 21, 2008

Today is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and winter solstice in the southern hemisphere. Solstices occur twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is oriented directly towards or away from the Sun, causing the Sun to reach its northernmost and southernmost extremes . It marks approximately the middle of the year and is a time to reflect on what we have achieved so far, and the time we have left in 2008 to achieve everything we wanted to.

Did you set goals in January?
Did you say you would change your job, lose more weight, be nicer to your partner and your family? Did you promise to save and not to spend?

Whether you have already set goals or not, now is a great time to review and set some more. There are a number of important principles to use in your goal setting process, and I have used examples around work, but you can substitute for other areas.

·         Write your Main Goal and your smaller goals in simple language that are easy to understand and remember. Word it in a positive way e.g. “I will be….” Or “I will have …” 



·         Your goal must be measurable so you know when you have achieved it. For example, “I will have a better job” is not measurable. Compare this to “I will work for The X Firm as a Level 2 manager” which is measurable.



·         Your goal must have a time limit that you state clearly, for example, “I will be promoted to manager at X Company by 1 February 2010”. This gives your mind a defined limit and also means you will pay attention to how far you are getting as time passes.



·         Speak your Main Goal and the specific goal you are working on right now either out loud or in your head every day. Speak with confidence. This confidence is important even if you don’t feel it at first, because the more you get used to the words and the ideas, the more you will feel that it will happen.



·         Be thankful for the achievement of your goal before you have even achieved it. Know that you will achieve it. Be grateful for the opportunities it will give you and feel the excitement of having achieved it already. This may sound strange but it helps you to grow a confidence you might not have otherwise. 

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