Time for a Change: Step 6 & 7…Review Goals and Celebrate

Time for a Change: Step 6 & 7…Review Goals and Celebrate

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Step #6 is review your goals on a daily basis. As the first 90 days unfold, constantly reading them does two things. First, it activates the RAS brain function and stimulates our creative response. Second, it also reminds us of our targets and what we are working towards.

Stay on course!

Once the 90 Day Action Plan is complete, make copies and display them in highly visible places. I suggest placing both your One Year Action Plan and the 90 Day Action Plan on a refrigerator door, bathroom mirror, or bulletin board. (Download FREE forms)You can review the goals in the morning as you brush your teeth, shave, or wash your face. You can also take a copy to work and read during the course of the day. Post it on your computer!

As you read the plans, imagine how you will feel once you accomplish the target. Think about the positive effects on you, your family, and even your friends. Revisit the rewards you promised yourself. Do they motivate you to keep going one more day? Review your goals daily. Keep them before your eyes.

Step #7: CELEBRATE

As you hit your targets, celebrate! In fact, reward yourself as you accomplish each goal. It may be dining with your spouse at a favorite restaurant, reading a new best-seller, shopping for clothes in a smaller size, or planning a weekend getaway. Enjoy the process and reward yourself accordingly.

Setting and meeting goals takes time and effort. Don’t skimp on this step. It will motivate you to continue and meet the next set of goals.

But What If…

What happens if I slip and don’t follow through with my action plan? What if I overextended myself and I am struggling to see my goals through? What if my goal isn’t met in 90 days? Should you panic? Get discouraged? Feel guilty?

No…don’t give up!

Life happens. Some situations are out of our control. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again! Part of the success in any endeavor is the process itself.

Reset your goals and map out the next 90 days. Begin to move forward from where you are. Find a source of encouragement through a book, article, friend or family member. Above all, look forward.

Forget about what could have, would have, or should have been done. Start with a clean emotional slate by letting go of the guilt and frustration. Goals are not meant to punish us, but to bring forth the potential that resides within. If it takes two years to write that book, then allow yourself the extra time. And don’t feel guilty.

At the end of the current year, start the process all over again. This time you already have much of the work done. Wrap Up the old year. Review your Goal-Storming page and add any new items. Assign new time frames. Prioritize once again. Develop your One Year Action Plan and a 90 Day Action Plan.(Download FREE 7 Easy Steps to Goals Setting Success Workbook)

Your life is waiting. Set your goals. Take action. It’s your life…live to the max!

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Time for a Change: Step 5…Developing an Action Plan

Time for a Change: Step 5…Developing an Action Plan

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Setting goals means changing habits. And developing a new habit requires mental, physical, and emotional energy.

Research shows that every person has a certain threshold of energy that they may direct towards change. We can easily exhaust this energy by juggling too many goals. Although we may enter into our action plan enthusiastically, we can wear ourselves out in a few short weeks.

Are you new to goal-setting? Start small. I recommend you begin with one goal. Focus your energies on it. Once achieved, add another target.

Develop an Action Plan

The FREE 7 Easy Steps to Goal Setting Success Workbook offers two types of action plan forms. The first is a one year plan; the second has a 90-day focus.

The One Year Action Plan provides an overview of the upcoming year. It records all of your goals for the next 12 months and gives a general overview of your progress. Transfer your chosen goal from the individual Life System pages to the One Year Action Plan. ( see my post  “Assign and Prioritize Goals“)

Record your yearly targets for each category in the appropriate places. Remember to start with just one goal if you are just getting started. The 90 Day Action Plan is a roadmap for the next three months. For our first 90 day window, we want to choose goals that are significant. Select those targets that will have the greatest impact. Ask yourself…

What three things can I focus on in the next 90 days that will produce the most significant impact?

These are your first targets. Record them on the 90 Day Action Plan sheet. Some of your targets require several contributing actions to achieve. Decide what activities you must do and record those. In the example of losing weight, those actions might be: Drinking sixty-four ounces of water per day; Exercising for thirty minutes five days a week; Eliminating sugar from your diet.

Record the actions under each goal. These take priority. They become your “A list” of to-do items. You want to set aside the time and energy to ensure they are met on a daily/weekly basis. If you will give them the priority they deserve, you will obtain the results that you seek!

At the end of ninety days or the accomplishment of the goal, evaluate and focus for the next ninety days. Create a new 90 Day Action Plan for the next three months. Over the course of a year, we will have four 90 Day plans. We could choose up to 12 different goals, but some will be continued throughout the year. Be wise. Pace yourself and as you complete one, add another goal to your list.

Be wise. Pace yourself and as you complete one, add another goal to your list. By the end of a year you will be amazed at the progress made.

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Time for a Change: Step 3 &4…Assign a Timeframe and Prioritize

Time for a Change: Step 3 &4…Assign a Timeframe and Prioritize

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Steps# 3…Assign a Time Frame

Every goal needs a time frame. In this step, we will review each goal from the Goal-Storming Form and assign a reasonable time frame. Some goals are accomplished in a day. Others take a week or a month. Many require years or a lifetime to fulfill.

When we set a time frame, we must be definitive. Words like someday, one day, or maybe are not defining terms. Eliminate those wishy-washy words! Pause and consider several factors that could influence the achievement of it:

  • How much time and energy can I devote to it?
  • What priority will this particular target have in relation to the rest of my life?
  • What resources do I need to help?
  • Are there any obstacles that might get in the way?
  • Do I need advice from a professional?

As we consider each of our Goal-Storming goals, we will assign a time frame to each. We want to begin thinking in tangible blocks of time. Our targets fall into one of four classifications: daily, weekly, yearly, or lifelong.

Daily Goals…The simplest type is a daily goal. These are set and met on a regular basis. They require day-to-day attention and include such things as… Exercise…walk thirty minutes a day. Bible reading…read three chapters of the Bible every day. Work-related tasks…read and answer emails by 10 am.

Short-Term Goals…These are goals are realized within weeks, months, even up to a year. They include such things as… Read two books per month. Save 10% of my income. Make weekly phone calls to family members. Long-Term Goals

Long-Term Goals…Long-term goals require an extended period of time, from one to five years. Most of us need more of these long-range targets to capture our imagination and motivate us towards future endeavors. These might include… Earn a college degree Save for an Alaskan cruise Run a marathon.

Lifetime Goals…These goals are met throughout an entire life. They define our life and direct our decisions. Sometimes these are specific and long-range like… Write 10 books, leave $100,000 to each of my grandchildren.

Look at each of the goals written down on the Goal-Storming Form. Label each as D for daily, S for short-term, L for long-term, and LT for lifetime goals. Write your designation under the “Time Frame” column beside each goal.

Step #4…Prioritize Your Goals

Transfer all of the goals from your Goal-Storming Form to each Life System Page according to their category.

Example using Physical goals:

  • Lifetime…maintain a healthy body
  • Long-term…run a marathon
  • Short-term…jog five times a week
  • Daily…drink 8 glasses of water a day
  • Write these on the Physical Life System Page.

Write down each separate goal according to its time frame on the matching Life System Page.

Examine each category and decide which of them will be tackled within the next year. Try to pick at least one or two from each Life System so there is balance to your life. Circle

Circle, star, or mark your choices on the page. You may also want to break the long-term goals into short-term segments. For example, if you wanted to earn a college degree this year you could apply, take an entrance exam, set aside funding, and target a date to begin your studies.

This method is simple, but it does require some extra work. In the end, you will have a detailed, hands-on map for the future. A little effort now will pay great dividends down the road. You will be able to reference your plan, tweak it, and check off each goal as it is met.

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Time for a Change: Step #2…Goal-Storming!

Time for a Change: Step #2…Goal-Storming!

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As we continue charting our new course, we are going to take an inventory of our hopes, dreams, and desires. In this second step, we are going to brainstorm every area of life. I call it Goal-Storming!

We will consider 6 areas of our life (physical, spiritual, financial, mental, social, and professional) and record every possibility…and even a few that seem impossible. It’s a total brain-drain of all of our ambitions both present and future. This process takes our random thoughts and puts them into written, tangible form.

As we get ready for this exercise, open yourself up to the possibilities. Don’t second guess your dreams or limit yourself. Record even the most outrageous vision you may have, even if it seems improbable! Write down anything that captures your imagination in each area. If you want to be a ski instructor one day, write it down. If you hope to have a million dollars in the bank, record those hopes.

Give yourself permission to dream BIG.

Be willing to take a risk.

At this stage, we are not going to assign time frames or worry about our goals fitting any model. We only want to record every thought and then we will edit and define specific goals in a later step.

Find a comfortable, quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Give yourself at least an hour to complete this step. Take your time and be thorough recording your current aspirations as well as future ones.

Use the questions from the 101 Goal-Storming Questions page found in the 7 Steps Workbook (FREE download  here)to stimulate your creative brain. Let your mind dislodge all of that hidden potential!

Record your ideas on the Goal-Storming Form. You may need to print multiple copies of this form.

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Time for a Change: Step#1…Say Goodbye to the Past!

Time for a Change: Step#1…Say Goodbye to the Past!

 

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Before we begin to set goals and change our course, we should first understand our present location. It’s like those maps…You are here! Once we pinpoint our present location, we can map out a course to get us to our destination. map

The Wrap Up step accomplishes this. We can bring closure to those areas that need it and highlight our areas of strength. Reviewing our past gives us a fresh perspective on where to make improvements. It provides focus for the next segment of time as we look towards setting goals.

During this step, we will consider 6 areas of our life and evaluate each one. For convenience, we will approach this step as though we are wrapping up the end of a calendar year.

As you begin, use the Wrap Up Form (download here) and ask yourself these questions…

  • What did I do right last year?
  • Where was I successful?
  • What did I accomplish? How did I do it?
  • Where could I have improved?
  • Where are those re-occurring troublesome areas in my life?
  • Where do I struggle?
  • Do I have any regrets?
  • What do I need to eliminate?
  • What robs me of time and energy?
  • What has gone past its expiration date and needs to be discarded?
  • Have I outgrown certain activities?
  • What do I need to add?
  • What is missing from my life?
  • What areas cry out for attention?
  • Where do I need more time and energy?
  • Where do I need to shift my priorities?
  • Do I need to forgive anyone?
  • Do I need to forgive myself?
  • Do I need to ask forgiveness from God or others?
  • Am I able to close the door to this past year and move into the future?
  • What is preventing that from happening?
  • How can I resolve the issue?
  • Can I release the successes and failures and focus

After you complete the Wrap Up Form, take a deep breath. Celebrate your success! Rejoice over all the things that you did right. Don’t wallow in past failures or disappointments and allow them to dampen your readiness to move on. This is the time to release the past and begin to look to the future.

Now is the time to take control of your life.

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Time for a Change: 10 Reasons to Set Goals

Time for a Change: 10 Reasons to Set Goals

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Is 2018 the year for change?

You may be an average Joe, an ordinary person with an average education. But one thing can propel you from ordinary to extraordinary…

The #1 way to restructure your life is to set goals and complete them.

Goals are the framework for a successful, productive life. See my previous post, 2018…Time for a Change!

Still not convinced? Here are ten reasons why you should consider setting goals:

#1 Goals define who we are. We are all different. We have varied gifts, experiences, hopes, and dreams. Because of this, no two people will have identical destinations. Each will find their own individual path. When we set our targets, they are an expression of who we are and where we want to go. Goals are an extension of who we are.

#2 Goals propel us forward. They are designed to motivate us to take action. Instead of worrying about our present condition, goals provide the inspiration to move us forward.

#3 Goals organize our desires, time, and priorities. When we set goals, we put ourselves in the driver’s seat. What is important? How do we make time for it? We become the one who controls our decisions. We elevate our priorities to the top of the list when we take charge.

#4 Goals stretch us. They become a catalyst for growth. We use those dormant muscles which have atrophied over time…ouch! That hurts! But the saying “no pain, no gain” holds true even here. Goals compel us to get out of our comfort zone and begin to move.

#5 Goals boost our confidence. Once we get past the initial stage of inertia, our confidence grows. When I began going to the gym to get in shape, I was excited and

#6 Goals give clarity of vision. When we have a target in mind, whether it is long range or short range, our vision is clear and our path direct. What would you like to achieve over a lifetime? Where would you like to live? What is your once-in-a-lifetime vacation?

#7 Goals provide perspective. They serve as signposts in our life journey. Like a highway marker, goals tell us where we are, how far we have come, and how much further we have to go.

#8 Goals establish a standard. A high jumper doesn’t enter the field wondering how high the bar might be. He knows exactly where it will be positioned. And he also realizes the bar will be raised and reset continually before the winner will be determined. Goals provide us with a preset standard to reach towards.

#9 Goals keep us focused. They become the roadmap to our future. Like any highway, the easiest and quickest route is to stay on the main road and avoid the side trips. When you have a chosen itinerary planned, goals help to keep us on that direct path.

#10 Goals lead to a full and meaningful life. They help us realize our purpose and calling. Goals help us to achieve our highest potential with a sense of satisfaction. Each of us has a divine purpose, one that matches the gifts and talents we’ve been given. And life is filled with a series of destinations, achievements, and opportunities to express those gifts. Goals let us focus on those things which are most important to who we have been created to be. They assist us in fulfilling our lifelong mission.

Are you ready to move forward?

Follow along in future posts as we begin to evaluate and target areas for change.

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