3 SIMPLE STEPS TO GOAL SETTING MASTERY
Ever played a video game?
We have chosen a character and are about to go exploring. We have to move our character around to unravel all mysteries of that world in order for us to understand it. We have to take action, like picking up items on the ground that make us stronger; we might find fragments of a map that will lead us to a clue that helps us solve a puzzle so we can unlock something before we are upgraded to the next level.
Psychologists claim that video games can potentially help improve cognitive function and hone our problem-solving skills.
Succeeding at The Game of Life..
You can be looking at life as the most serious thing or you can treat it as a game, a highly evolved game that is. One needs to master it on several levels for best results.
Top-level athletes, successful business people and achievers in all fields set goals, it’s no secret anymore.
Down the rabbit hole..
In real life we have no real structure around achieving goals. We all have set goals of some kind at some point in our life, but do we really know how to follow through in a disciplined and consistent manner? A pronounced “no” is the answer for the most of us.
Did you ever write your goals down and break them down into action steps?
Goal setting is an art form but when you come to grips with its potential, it can be as simple as 1,2,3.
All you need to do is start!
You have probably already spent a few minutes on this website and wondered why this guy keeps hammering on “true potential”. “What does that even mean?”, right?
We all carry around so much potential that is completely untapped and uncharted territory. We have no awareness around it whatsoever. When you start to wrap your head around your new goals you need to level-up in order to be on eye-level with your goals.
But I digress, I will dedicate a blog post to unleashing your true potential soon, so stick around if you like.
Where are you in your life right now?
How are your relationships, your finances and most importantly your health?
Assess where you are and set short-term, medium-term and long-term goals. Just write them down on a piece of paper. Can you do that?
By jotting this down on paper you may already sense a notion of motivation and inspiration. It’s like remembering a long-forgotten dream. A little nebulous at first but it will become clearer and clearer. You align yourself with your own inherent vision and dreams about your life.
Your purpose as the key ingredient..
You might encounter a feeling of empowerment and get a glimpse of what your true potential is. That alignment is a catalyst that connects you with your purpose.
Knowing about your purpose is huge!
What your purpose is exactly and how you are going to get there can now follow suit after defining the overarching framework of your life. When you keep on writing in more and more detail, you are planting fertile seeds in your mind, over and over.
The birthing of insights..
You somewhat perform an inception of an idea, deep inside your subconscious mind. Yes, just like Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”.
We weren’t told to define our goals, but writing them down could quite possibly be one of the most important things you can ever do in your life.
Truth to be told - the ink is hardly dry and most people have already forgotten about their goals because - yes, because every-day life with all its distracting hubbub took over.
What else keeps us from succeeding?
A goal is worthless and of no substance if you don’t have an action plan in place that enables you to lay out in detail what is required, step-by-step, so you can get from where you are now to where you want to be.
No doubt you have to step it up, expand your mind and nurture your brain with powerful visualizations of your goals (I will cover more on visualizing in a different post) to boost the process.
Once you understand this basic principle you will take action.
Again, it is important not to get overwhelmed by staring at the peak from base-camp. Your goal is set, the action plan is in place, now you can start biting off small chunks of that plan and your goal will seem far less intimidating. In the contrary you will feel more and more inspired and motivated. You will create momentum until you reach that point of no return - no looking back - no procrastination - only focused determination.
3-Step-Goal-Setting-Reminder for our ADD-stricken minds:
- STEP 1)
Write down your short-, medium- and long-term goals in detail. Whether it be goals in the categories of relationships, finances, health or personal growth. Use colorful language (and a spreadsheet)
- STEP 2)
Define specific action steps you can do EVERY DAY to achieve an individual goal. It is crucial to build momentum in action-taking on a daily basis, I cannot stress this enough. You have probably heard it way too many times but perseverance and discipline are key, or failure is nigh.
- STEP 3)
Review Step 2