Here’s a goal setting activity I’ve used with dozens of clients. It takes no more than 15 minutes to complete. You can do it personally or with your team. Works great as a team building activity where everyone shares their results. With this task, I’ve found that most set the same goals in 15 minutes that they would if given 15 days. The time limit forces your mind to focus and your intuition to engage. Set a timer and trust your instincts.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo
3 Step Goal Clarifying Activity
Step 1: 6 Month Improvements
List 2 improvements you would like to make in each life area described below over the next 6 months. You have 5 minutes. Ready, set, go……..
7 Life Areas
a. Family: Spouse, parenting, extended family, closest friend
b. Health/Self Care: Diet, nutrition, exercise, rest, medical care
c. Intellectual: Learning, challenging your mind
d. Social/Fun: Hobbies, recreation, adventure, relaxation, humor
e. Career/Business: Talent & technical skills usage, social skills, professional development
f. Financial: Planning, budgeting, stewardship of resources, communication around money
g. Spiritual: Community, prayer, mediation, relationship with God
Step 2: Reflection Questions
Contemplate the following questions, and as you do, jot down what comes to mind. A few thoughts related to each. You have 5 minutes to complete step 2. Ready, set, go……..
1. What goals could improve my life balance? (e.g. life area I neglect and could invest more energy)
2. What’s a dream that I’m not able to let go of?
3. What changes to my life would make me more my authentic self?
4. Do I have a problem I could turn into a goal? (e.g. health, relationship, job)
5. Am I struggling with a life decision I could make a goal? (e.g. career, financial, social)
6. Could improving a relationship become a goal? (spouse, friends, children, a relative)
7. Is there something I want to change about myself I can make my aim? (lose weight, stop worrying, stop controlling, forgive, stop being depressed, quit procrastinating, etc.)
Step 3: Decide on 3 Goals
As you completed steps 1 and 2, you should notice that some themes rise to the surface. From your gut, what are the goals you KNOW you should set? Don’t set goals to please other people or out of guilt. Make them your aim because you know they’ll move you in the right direction. Trust yourself! You have 5 minutes. Ready, set, go……..
Your Top 3 Goals
“Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.” – Les Brown
Write these 3 goals on an index card and post them somewhere you’ll see them multiple times each day (e.g. bathroom mirror, dash of your car, as a reminder on your phone). Nothing will ever improve in your life unless you’re intentional. You DECIDE what to focus on, not others.
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