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3 POWERFUL STEPS TO DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS
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I believe the most successful people in this world are those that Set, Track and Visualise their personal Goals! …. Do you want to be part of this ambitious, forward thinking group, who have taken control of their lives? …. or do you want to be part of the majority, who are not necessarily living life to their highest potential?
I hope you want to be part of the forward thinking group! If you do, Congratulations …. you have just made a very important mental step in wanting a bigger, better, brighter future for yourself and you are willing to work towards achieving the pot of gold at the end of your Rainbow …. whatever that looks like!
Setting Personal Goals enriches your life and I explain the positive effect it has in ‘5 Empowering Reasons Why you Need To Set Your Personal Goals’. Hopefully, they resonated with you and you are now ready to define your personal Goals, which I hasten to add is not actually setting them …. rather this stage is all about identifying what in life is important to you and what you want for your awesome future, so the “3 Powerful Steps to Define your Personal Goals” are:-
1. Reflect Upon and Document All Aspects of Your Rainbow
2. Review and Challenge Your Rainbow
3. Define What the Pot of Gold at the end of your Rainbow looks like
1. REFLECT UPON AND DOCUMENT ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR RAINBOW
This is the fun bit …. holistic brainstorming for Optimists! There are 6 main life categories in Manage My Rainbow. Familiarise yourself with each one below, including the sub-categories, and decide which are relevant to you at this time:-
FUN STUFF …. what do you want to enjoy in your spare time? Sub-categories are; Travel and Adventure, Entertainment, Creativity and Hobbies, Cars and Vehicles.
PROPERTY …. what do you want to achieve from a property perspective? Sub-categories are; Buy, Sell, Build, Renovate and/or Maintain a home.
SELF DEVELOPMENT …. core to who you are! Sub-categories are; Career and Life Path, Family and Community, Education and Training, Love, Romance and Wedding.
HEALTH & WELL BEING …. the most important category of them all, as without it you can’t enjoy all the others. Sub-categories are; Fitness and Healthy Living, Natural Therapies, Medical Practices and Practitioners, Beauty and Spas.
INVESTMENT …. do you want to create a more secure, financial, long term future for yourself? Sub-categories are; Wealth Management and Property Investment.
BUSINESS …. are you looking to start, build and/or grow a new or existing business? Sub-categories are; Advice and Support, Advertising and Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Business Support Services.
Write down the main life categories that are appropriate to you, as headings on a piece of paper. Alternatively, generate a word or excel file on your computer called ‘Manage My Rainbow’, with the category headings …. whichever is easier for you.
Now set aside some ‘You’ time to reflect upon your life holistically, the direction you want to be heading in and how you want to progress forward. Detail your thoughts under the main life categories you’ve identified …. let your imagination go wild and let your creative juices flow! What are your dreams and wishes for your ideal future? What does the pot of gold at the end of your Rainbow look like?
If you need help to get your thoughts flowing, then go to our ‘Personal Goals Ideas List’ …. the list is not exhaustive, but hopefully it will give you some inspiration!
Some of you will do this process quickly and others will need longer to achieve the same outcome. Whatever feels right for you, but don’t take too long otherwise you risk over analysing and procrastinating.
Feeling overwhelmed? …. then just pick one main life category, focus on that and once you feel comfortable with the process, turn your attention to the other categories if you need to.
2. REVIEW AND CHALLENGE YOUR RAINBOW
Well done! …. you should have a clearer picture of what you believe your future dreams and wishes are, and you are closer to truly understanding what the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow looks like!
It’s now important to get some clarity! Take time to really take stock of what you have detailed under each main life category …. review and challenge your thinking, and even carry out some specific research to fully understand your personal Goal and what it will take to achieve it … then, ask yourself the following questions:-
· Is it achievable and really what I want?
· Do I have resources available, including financial, to make it happen?
· Will I need to develop new skills and abilities to accomplish it?
· Can I realistically see myself having it, doing it and/or being it?
· Am I willing to put sustained effort in to make it happen?
· Does anything on my list conflict with something else?
· Is it morally right and match my values?
Have you answered ‘YES’ to all of the above questions for an item on your list? Great .… you have a dream or wish that can be a personal Goal with the potential for you to achieve it!
If you answer ‘NO’ to any of the questions for an item on your list, then cross it out, delete it or park it for future consideration …. I believe this dream or wish is personally unrealistic and unattainable, and at this time you are unlikely to accomplish it.
3. DEFINE WHAT THE POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF YOUR RAINBOW LOOKS LIKE
It’s time to consolidate what you have achieved so far and give consideration to some realistic timeframes for you to succeed. Review your list of remaining dreams and wishes, and after taking in to account any research you may have undertaken, detail next to each whether you believe they are achievable in the Short (0-1 year), Medium (1 – 3 years) or Long Term (3 years+).
Now pat yourself on the back for a job well done! You have defined what the pot of gold at the end of your Rainbow looks like and by that I mean, you now have a list of realistic dreams and wishes that can be transformed in to personal Goals!
Don’t be surprised if/when you need to revisit this stage of the personal Goal setting process in the future! …. life is all about change and it can often throw the unexpected at us and our priorities shift …. the key is to adapt to your evolving circumstances and when that happens, be open to redefining your personal Goals by reviewing and challenging your Rainbow!
I hope you found this exercise helpful and I will now guide you through the next stage of the process in ‘How To Set Your Personal Goals in 5 Easy Steps’! This involves turning your dreams and wishes in to personal Goals and making them SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
If you would like some help and guidance around the whole personal Goal setting process, then I encourage you to read my series of BLOGs:-
Manage My Rainbow is all about empowering you to be the best you can be one Goal and Dream at a time. You have the ability to positively influence and shape your future, so SIGN UP NOW FOR FREE by going to managemyrainbow.com and like me …. Set, Track and Visualise your personal Goals and Dreams …. start making a real difference in your life today!
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