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Goal Setting! Where to Start?

Little side note before I start.  I need to plan things and write things down!!!

St Patrick’s weekend was a busy one, and it was my birthday on the bank holiday, so I didn’t look at my planner until Tuesday, and then I said sure one week with no planning won’t make a difference.  Yes it did, I was all over the place that first week, busy and getting nothing done and then last week I spent the week catching up. Lesson learned, I’m useless without a plan, so I’ve just made up for it over the last few days, redoing my whole GTD projects list and tidying my whole system up.  I’m a new woman!!!

Now back to business…

Goal setting can seem a daunting thing when you just don’t know what you want and where to start.  We’ve been to the interview where we were asked where we see ourselves in 5 or 10 years and we just give the answer we think they want to hear.

For planning purposes its nice to have an over all plan, a goal, a destination, not to be just planning the practical stuff all the time.  But where to start coming up these fabulous goals.  I’ve a great little exercise for you, to get you started.

First you will need to grab a pen and paper and head off somewhere quiet on your own.  No distraction, an excuse to head off for a nice coffee and cake on your own, some where with a view, find your spot.

Now you are going to have the lottery day dream, you’ve won big time, picture yourself getting the cash, who have you looked after, friends and family, think about the house, the car, the holidays whatever you’d spend that money on.  Enjoy that daydream, really figure things out.

When you have yourself set up, you’ve got the things, looked after everyone, how are you going to spend your days?  Have a real think about it, do you set up your own business, lost weight, do you spend more time with your family, doing what… write this down.  Will you be still doing that in 10/15 years?

Here lies your real goals.  Well a point to get started anyway.  Some may be an exaggeration of where you are now already,  things to cherish and be grateful for.  Ok some of it still might be a little out reach, or is it?  Look at everything and ask what it is in the basic sense, is it something you could be doing now, or working towards.  Maybe there was one on particular holiday destination that really made you happy to think about going to.  Have you ever looked at how much it would cost to go?  Ok it might take you 10 years to save by putting away a little a month, but what about setting up a long term savings account and starting to save, think about where you were in 2008, maybe 10 years isn’t that long.  Maybe your dream is to move to another country, do you know the language?  Maybe its having your own business, changing jobs, travelling more, loosing weight, acting on stage….

Whatever it is, break it down to its most basic steps, what can you do now? how does that make you feel?  Are you right to feel that way? Is it time to change the way you think about yourself or that goal?

Some of your goals might still be subject to that lottery win, but you can take that first and second step while you are waiting.

I hope you found this useful in helping finding your new goals, or at least made you smile thinking about that lottery win.

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