We have talked in past weeks about goals. We have discussed the importance of setting goals so we can visually see in our mind where we want to get to.
This week we are going to talk about setting those long term goals and then making short term goals as well.
First thing is to pull out a piece of paper and a pen and start writing things that you would like on your bucket list. Things you want to do in the future. So part of my bucket list when I set my goals was to – go to Greece, lose 25 lbs, put in 10k steps every day, go to Ireland and Scotland, own my own business and lots more. I wrote down 20-25 things that I want to do before I die.
Then I put an order of priority on each of those items. A 1 represented something that I wanted to happen in the next 1 year and a 2 represented anything I wanted before I die. Like on mine it was lose 25lbs. and keep it off was the number one thing and some of the 2 items were Go to Greece and go to Ireland and Scotland.
Once you have that list divided into #1 items and #2 items – you have now created short term goals and long term goals. #1 items being short term and of course #2 items being long term.
Let’s now look at the #1 items on the list and I want you to figure out what is the easiest way to accomplish an item that has a 1 beside it. In my case lose 25lbs and keep it off, so I literally did some homework and found that my cousin was having huge success on a keto diet and drinking exogenous ketones. I decided to give it a shot. In 3 months I lost 27 lbs and for 2 years I have kept it off. Short term goal accomplished.
Long term goals then move up on the list. One of my long term goals was to be able to see my son at least twice a year – since he lives clear across the country. In May I got to spend a week with him at my place and now for Thanksgiving I get to go see him. Sometimes it is the little things in life that help to keep us moving forward and so for this year I am accomplishing one of my long term goals with doing this every year.
Goals are an important part of my life. I was talking to a co-worker the other day about focus and we have days in our lives where our focus is just off. Not sure why, not sure what to do about it, maybe our brain is just fried from working so hard or thinking so hard. So goals help to give us some focus when our brain says “‘I’ve had enough”.
Next step is to write down those goals – both short term and long term and read them every day. That is the focus part of goal setting. Reminding yourself what you want. Some people will actually take lipstick and write them on the bathroom mirror so that they are reminded every day of what they want in life. When they have accomplished an item they take it off the list and add something else to it. Because as you grow and accomplish goals in your life, those goals keep changing. If you still have the same goals today that you had 20 years ago, then you are stagnant and not moving forward in life.
So let’s get going with setting some short term and long term goals. I’d love it if you would share some of those with us in the comments.
Til next week – have a fabulous week!