Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Now, imagine yourself talking to a coach, who with high probability can help you put all the right pieces of your Life Puzzle in the right place.
And you ask him: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
Most probably the coach would answer: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
Do you know it?
Well, huge majority of people is like Alice. They do have directions. They either want to have more of something (money, love, satisfaction) or less of something (pain, hunger, sorrow).
But, they are not specific and that’s why they don’t get it.
Goals (or, like I call it, vision) is one of four keys to the Life Puzzle. And as “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18), as you have no good goals, nothing real will happen.
Let me take you through a short coaching on how you can define and deliver your goals.
This is the first of a series of posts that will lead you to define such goals that can make a real difference in your life. Before going on, make sure you don’t miss any coming posts of the series by signing up here.
Goals: the what?
What are goals? Goals represent what you truly want, in a specific and timed manner.
I put goals in three categories:
- who you want to be(come),
- what you want to do or be able to do, and
- what you want to have.
For example, “I want to travel the world” is too general and not actionable. Most probably, you will stay wanting it forever.
However, if you name specific places and dates by which you want to be there (e.g. “I am on a three-week trip to south-east Asia by the end of 2016”), you are two steps further on your journey.
Having that in mind, there are two things I want you to do.
1. Set your goals
In order to define (or redefine) your goals that will guide your way, you will need a brainstorming session.
Sit down in a place where no one will interrupt you for a while. Put on your favorite mind stimulating music (here’s mine). And then, write down all that comes to your mind as what you want to be, to do and to have.
Remember that whatever comes to your mind, must be of value or interest to you. Write it down. Do not limit yourself by your current capabilities or opportunities. These are your goals that are supposed to open doors that are closed today.Your goals are supposed to open doors that are closed today Click To Tweet
You can brainstorm your goals all in one basket, or you can brainstorm them by category – by your Life Puzzle pieces.
Remember to make them specific and anchor them in time.
At this stage, the more goals you will have, the better. Do not rationalize, yet. You will prioritize them later. My current list holds 119 goals spread along next 7 years. And they do keep me excited!
2. Prepare your Goalbook
Second thing I want you to do is to prepare your Goalbook. Goalbook is a place (a physical book or a digital folder) where you will keep visualization of your goals.
These are pictures representing all that you have brainstormed. Use magazines for physical photos or Google for virtual ones. Find, cut and put in your Goalbook pictures of all the be’s, do’s and have’s on your list. So that you can really see them!
My Goalbook is a Dropbox folder that synchronizes across my laptop, tablet and phone. I set it as the laptop wallpaper and the screen saver. The visualization of my goals is with me all the time. When I do my weekly planning or have a minute of waiting for something, I open my Goalbook and go through the pictures of my goals. That ignites me!
So, what are your goals?
Make sure you do the two exercises I described.
Do comment on your experience.
In the next post of the series, you will read about the WHY of the goals – why it is so crucial (and helpful) to have them. Make sure you do not to miss the whole series by signing up here.
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