Setting goals when it's not January
Goals aren’t just for January. In fact, we’d argue that they’re to be set, focused on and worked towards year round! Finding ways to track and stay focused on your goals anytime of the year is how you are actually going to achieve them, and unfortunately resolutions just don’t always help in the way we hope they will!
Big goals, real business or career goals, need to be tended to and focused on. So, we've got some tips to help you get started setting those goals and then staying on top of them!
We know for sure that setting goals is important. Goals help to guide us to the life and career we want. They help to stay focused, on track and able to kick butt! BUT sometimes they can feel overwhelming, and trying to figure out, or decide where you want to be in 10 years can be so scary!! And that's why you've gotta take those big goals, and condense them. Small, bite sized goals that you tick off every week, are much more manageable, and over time, all of those small goals, will help you achieve the big ones! It's really that simple.
So to get started, you gotta think about what you want, and then figure out how you're gonna get there. When you're looking big picture, at 10 year goals in particular, I wouldn't suggest getting too specific, but you can think (and envision!) the type of life you want, and the type of things you want to have achieved by then.
If you want to start by visualizing your life in the next 5 or 10 years, here’s some questions to ask yourself:
Do you want kids?
Live in the city, or the country?
Be in a bright, open house, or something cosy and rustic?
In 10 years, will you have spoken on a panel, at a conference?
Do you want to be teaching and mentoring one day?
What about keeping things small? You could be running your own business with a killer assistant helping you run your biz!
Are you still living close to your family?
In a different country?
Do you have your own family?
Once you know what you want, you can start breaking it down into smaller, more manageable goals and tasks! And this is where our workbook comes in. With handy worksheets you can use to write out your plans and goals, you can also keep track with daily and weekly task lists.
Knowing what you want is only half the picture (and can be the hardest, cause we’ve got to be brave and really think big!) but putting into action is where we really make the magic happen. Once you’ve dreamt up your life you need to figure out how you’re going to achieve those things and we recommend breaking each goal you have into the following:
1. The long term plan: What the final outcome is and when you’re going to achieve it (will it be in a few months, a few years, even 10 years time?)
2. The medium-term plan: What needs to happen before the big goal can be achieved? If you want to speak at a big conference, maybe you need to speak on a few smaller panels and events before hand to get practice and make it known that you do public speaking. If you want to write a book, you need to find an agent, a publishing house, write a manuscript, etc.
3. The short-term plan: What can you do this year or in the next few months? How are you going to get from here to your medium-term plan?
4. The right now plan: What can you literally do this minute, this week or this month?
You can break tasks up like this into monthly (across a year), weekly and daily tasks - all small steps that are helping you reach those big big goals of yours. And if your goals aren’t 10 years life changing things, that’s ok too! Think as big or as small as you want with your goals, but remember to split them up into smaller tasks and steps to tackle them with ease (and less overwhelm!).