Do you know what your mid and long-term goals are? It’s amazing how many people I talk to who don’t think about what they want to accomplish beyond next week or next month….and there’s nothing wrong with that. Perhaps they’ve never really had a reason to think about it! Short term goals are great for short term success, but if long term success is what you want, long term goals are imperative.
What does this have to do with redefining time for success? Well, let’s think about it! Without direction, you’re going to be taken this way and that with the tides or wind and you may eventually get somewhere you want to go, but the trip will be riddled with hardships, indecision, confusion and delay. (Yes, I just threw in a little Thomas the Tank Engine reference!) The fastest way from point A to point B is a straight line. If you decide you want one thing this week and something else next week, that straight line begins to look more like the jagged line on an electrocardiogram machine and it will take you twice as long (if not longer) to get where you want to go. Therefore, focus is the key.
So, what is your desired “end game?”
What’s important to you?
What do you want to accomplish in life?
What are the major steps – both short term AND long term – that will allow you to reach those goals?
This concept is arguably the most important thing you can do to secure a successful future.
Which of Your Long Term Goals is the Right Goal?
That’s a great question!
There is an exercise I recommend when defining long term goals that I learned from one of my mentors, Bob Proctor:
1. Schedule a time on your calendar right now to be without distraction in a place you find to be inspiring and creative. It should be somewhere you can relax and feel positive about your surroundings. Perhaps your favorite spot in the woods, your favorite chair, on the beach, etc. I would suggest you schedule at least a few hours, but not necessarily all in one sitting.
2. Take your time and allow your imagination to run wild! Don’t put a lid or limitations on your goals – doing this will serve no one.
3. Write down 30 things (one list – 30 things) you’d like to do, be or have. While you can write more if you want, start with at least 30! If you have trouble getting to 30 the first time, take a break and come back to it later. If it takes you a week or a month to come up with 30, that’s okay…..just be sure to keep coming back!
4. Now, divide your list into 3rds – your A goals, which you want the most – your B goals, which you want, but maybe not quite as much as your A goals – and finally your C goals, which again you want, but not quite as much as your A’s and B’s.
5. You should now have a list of your most desired goals – your A’s. Prioritize them in order of importance. Do this with the B’s and the C’s as well. Again, if it takes you a while to do this….that’s okay! Keep coming back to it until you have it nailed down.
When you’re done prioritizing your A list, you will have your A1 goal – your most important. It will be something so exciting and so motivating to you, it will require you to grow as a person – become better than you are and propel you forward to success!
The great thing about striving for your highest goal is that along the way, you will have a tendency to accomplish your smaller, less important goals.
This is the first post in a series about how to redefine time to create more success in life. If you’d like to explore working with me to create a more definite plan containing long term goals and how to manage your time effectively to achieve them more quickly, reach out to me through my contact page!