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… (more…)
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?
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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.
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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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.
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… (more…)
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. (more…)