As much as people scoff at goal setting, and believe me, I used to be one of those people, goals are the very best way to get from where you are to where you want to be.
This is the first article in a series on goal setting. It is perfect for the beginner or the "scoffer" as it takes things literally, one step at a time! This series won't cover everything, but it will certainly get you started! And when you are ready to continue on where this series leaves off, I will be there to help you with a whole new on-line series! So let's get started finding your ladder to success!
Many people know the things they want if they really stop to think about it, but sometimes it takes a little help. Here's an exercise that will really help the things that prove to be most important to you to fall away from all the others.
Exercise: This works best with a partner, but if you are honest, you can take care of a lot of blockage on your own.
The object is to keep asking questions until you can't answer them any more.
Start off with the question: What do you want?
Ask this question over and over and over again. Write down your answers. Most of the time, people start off with superficial things like, new car, mansion with a pool, a new wardrobe, but the more you keep asking, the REAL answers start to emerge: a savings account, someone to share my life with, a home that's paid off... Whatever is on your list is totally fine. It's what makes you, uniquely... you!
If you get stuck, here's a couple more questions that will keep the answers flowing:
What makes you happy?
What do you love to do?
If you could quit your job tomorrow...
If you won the lottery...
These questions and all those pages and pages of answers are really only the tip of the iceberg... Then we have to work on getting you those things that keep coming up over and over again and become your priority!
So do this exercise, a few times if you'd like, and see what surfaces then next week, we will take the next step in how to make those new priorities a reality!