Momentum Mondays: A QUICK (5 Min) Exercise in Goal Setting

Maybe for some reason your new year’s resolution didn’t work out (I can’t imagine why not), but let’s just say you need to regroup, and take another stab at it. Here is my proposition for this Monday – do a 5 minute power goal setting session! (Sounds catchy)

You are going to do this right now, and I promise it will only take you 5 minutes! Get out a piece of paper, or open a new word document. Here is what we are going to do, in three basic steps:

1. Set a timer for two minutes (or check the clock), for those two minutes, write down 50 things (or more) you want to accomplish over the next 10 years. Don’t get too specific, just let your thoughts flow, these can include:

  • Places you want to go
  • Things you want to see
  • Things you want to do
  • What you want to be
  • What you want to have
  • What you want to share
  • What you want to support
  • What you want to be known for
  • What skills you want to learn
  • What extraordinary things you want to do
  • What ordinary things you want to do

2. Now, for the next two minutes, beside each item that you came up with put when you want to achieve it by. No need to get bogged down in specific dates, just put: 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years.

3. Spend the next minute looking over your buckets. Do you have a lot of 1 year goals but no 10 year goals? No 5 year? Try to add some in where appropriate to balance out you pools – it’s important to have something in the pipe as you achieve your short term goals

A couple great takeaways from this exercise: you will notice how hard it is just to come up with 50 things you want to do over the next 10 years! It’s really hard! That’s why it pays to put time into thinking these things out, writing it down, and coming back to it later. The other great thing about doing this is that it’s a lot easier to hit a target you can see. Now you have a starter list – a list of 50 something things you want to do over the next 10 years. The other great thing is that you can use this as an acid test. Next time you are unsure about committing time to something, ask yourself: “Is this helping me reach any of my 50 goals?”, then you have your answer. Also, print it out and keep it somewhere you can see. It won’t do you any good sitting in your hard drive!

Like I have said in my earlier posts, people love CLARITY! Goals are a means to providing yourself with clarity, and once you get started on the practice, you will be hooked! Here’s to hoping you take 5 minutes today and try the above out!

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