The party continues with 20 things you need to know about Goal Setting, learned from my 20 years in business. I started my business in 1998, the same year the International Space Station began to be assembled while we were cuddling our fav furry Furby pets. And after 20 years I’ve learned a thing or two, well let’s say 20, about the critical importance of setting goals.
Here’s 20 ways you can benefit from taking time to figure out where you’ve been and where you want to be headed.
How to craft a planning process that fits you
- Most people quit because they look how far they have to go, not how far they have come. ~ Ziad K. Abdelnour. This quote stopped me in my tracks. Such a fabulous perspective on planning – before you get bogged down by how much you want to get done, focus first on all you’ve accomplished.
- How feel about planning really affects your ability to plan. Take a moment to think about how your gut is reacting right now.
- Do you ever get bummed out by planning? I bet it’s because you’re using a system not tailor made for you. Check out my question motivation survey to find out what gets you moving. You’ll get your answer right away. Then you can customize your planning (and rewards!) accordingly.
- Suffering is optional. Yes, even when it comes to planning. Incorporate some fun into your planning.
- Customize your planning even more by understanding your resilience level. Take my grit survey based on research by the National Geographic and you’ll get your results instantly.
- The past can be a powerful teacher. Take a few minutes to reflect on what has been a powerful learning moment for you. If you need some prompts simply click on the link.
- One of the things I do is teach folks how to teach, where one of the things we cover is the zone of proximal development. This is SO applicable to your planning. Basically make sure you stretch yourself when you’re planning ahead but not so much that you’re going to break. Think pacing. Think health.
The gifts of the Life Lenses™ when it comes to planning- make sure you’ve got the whole picture
- Stop Life Lenses™ with their gift of looking inward nudges us to make time to plan.
- The gift of the Mountain Life Lenses™ is to keep us focused on the vision, on the big picture. What’s your vision? What makes your heart hum and your soul salsa? Make sure that’s woven into your plan.
- Head Life Lenses™ get us to focus on thinking critically. What information do you need to plan? Make sure you’ve got that on hand.
- Heart Life Lenses™ have us focus on the intangible, our intuition. Make sure you listen to yours when you’re creating a fun, fab year for yourself next year.
- Destination Life Lenses™ have a flair for goals. What goals are you aiming for? Where are you headed?
- Journey Life Lenses™ have a knack for pointing out the process. Once you’ve got some goals in place, how are you going to reach them?
- The gift of the Carrot Life Lenses™ meanwhile is the details. Make sure your plan has enough details to be clear.
- Go Life Lenses™ with their gift of action makes sure the plans get put into action.
Finally 5 more ways you can rock your planning
- Make a map of last year – the highs, lows and so so’s. Use it as a way to get you started planning for next year.
- Get in touch with your inner artist and make your plans visible. For example, I have mine on a three-pane picture frame. I’ve put pretty paper in behind it and write on the glass with erasable markers.
- Write a letter to your future self with your plans and ask a friend or colleague to mail it to you in 6 months.
- Confidence is key for your planning, for bringing your wishes and dreams into reality. Like seriously. Key.
- Having a plan is one thing, getting it all down on paper is another. Here’s a quick simple tool to do that, which incorporates your confidence planning above. Yup, your confidence planning.
There you have it, 20 things you need to know about Goal Setting from 20 years in business. It includes 7 ways to craft a planning process that fits you, 8 gifts from the Life Lenses™ so you make sure you’ve got the whole picture plus 5 tools to rock your planning.
Now go forth and goal set.
Missed some of this month’s celebratory posts? Here you go …
- 20 years of Learning and Development; Rachel’s haircut, Google and m
- 20 Working Better Together lessons from 20 years of teaching.
- 20 things you need to know about Life Lenses™ from 20 years in business
Pssst. If talk of planning has made you gasp, first off relax.
Seriously, take a deep breath. Then head over here to check out my planning course using my Life Lenses™ and craft a fun, fab 2019 for yourself. Join me online Dec 6th.