MAXIMISE YOUR GOAL SETTING...
For both in your working and personal lives!
Hello there, lovely readers.
I hope you are all well, and Happy Thanksgiving to the US based readers on here! May you have a blessed and relaxing time.
In this issue, I’ve got a question for you - what do you feel about goal setting? Is it something that you do religiously (and you’ve seen the benefits it brings) or are you like the rest of us - agree in principal, but are a bit half hearted about it. To be truthful, sometimes it can be a bit too much bother, right?….
Well, this weekend I stumbled across a fab article on Medium which is a platform that hosts a raft of amazing articles (but it does have a paywall - £4.99 per month). I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular, but I found a brilliant article written by Neeramitra Reddy - a bit of a time management and self development guru.
The article I ended up reading dealt with how to set your goals by working out what you want (what you really, really want - sorry Spice Girls fans!) and it provided a system where you could really drill down on all the things you want to just 3 top goals. AND I’m not just talking about work-related goals - this method allows you to include personal and health goals too. And objectives you want for other people too.
Let me explain how it works:
List 10 things that matter in your life right now - straight off the bat - don’t think too deeply about them - knee jerk stuff.
Add 7 more things - you might have to think a bit more deeply about this.
Push your brain even more and add 8 more - give yourself a bit of time with this if you’re struggling.
You should have a total of 25 goals. Now you start editing:
Cross out the least important 10 goals
Now, get your pen and strike out another 7
Take out another 3 - I know - it gets hard at this point. But spend time on it.
Finally, remove 2 of your dearest wants.
Now you should be left with just 3 goals. And, if you end up with the results I did, I ended up with a goal where I can help somebody else achieve their dream job, finding a co-working space near where I live where I can have a full base (and I love being there amongst like-minded people) and doing things to keep me in good health. Nobody was more surprised than me to realise that my top 3 goals weren’t work/business related! Who knew?
So now you have your 3 most prized goals, you can start to work on them on a daily basis. Now, I expect a lot of you will know that the best way to achieve your goals is to break each goal down into baby steps and do a micro task each day consistently. This will be far more successful than full days spent on a goal every few weeks. Consistency is king.
Neither me nor Neeramitra are claiming ownership of this system. It was down to Warren Buffett - one of the seven richest men in the world - but also a great philanthropist and business guru.
But, on a personal level, speaking as someone who half-heartedly set goals and got overwhelmed due to the amount of them, this really simplifies the system and makes you goals easier to work towards.
If you try this, let me know how you get on.
One of the things I want to do with 45 Not Out is to expand it next year into more opportunities for members of my networks to meet up (either in person or online) to further develop the community. I’ve already made a start on this and am holding the second 45 Not Out event at the Bottle Bank bar in Holmes Chapel this coming Wednesday 29th November at 8.00pm.
The event revolves around like-minded women meeting up in a very nice location (has the most diverse range of gins - just sayin’!) with a speaker talking about issues that are relevant to them. This time we have Dianne Parrish, business connector and open water swimming enthusiast talking about how, in the middle of some difficult challenges in her life, set herself a goal to swim the Channel (which she achieved) and how it helped her to surmount her challenges.
There are still a few tickets left, and you can get yours here
So, that’s a wrap from me for this issue. I hope it was helpful.
Just wishing you a good rest of the week and a fabulous weekend, when it arrives.