Lifetime Goals Exercise
Here is a really useful lifetime goals exercise to really help you think about what you want to achieve in your life, after all having a clear picture of your destination is the first step to ensuring you take the right route to getting there.
For instance, imagine getting in your car and starting to drive with no real idea about where you are going - you will probably just end up driving round and round with no clear purpose and perhaps end up in some place you don’t want to be when you either get bored of driving, time runs out or you run out of fuel! And imagine how will you feel – de-motivated, that you’ve wasted your time, wasted your money, and wasted your energy?
The same principles apply with your life – start with the end in mind and you at least have something to aim for and once you reach your destination you will feel fulfilled and that your time and energy have been well spent.
So, the lifetime goals exercise…
First allocate yourself some time and find yourself a special place to do this exercise, whether it is a quiet spot in the garden, your favourite room in your house or that place in the country where you like to go to relax. (For me it’s my local coffee shop where I can sit in a wonderfully comfy chair and enjoy a latte and a piece of their wonderful chocolate cake!)
This is time for a little self indulgence so make the most of it and enjoy... OK you may not complete this exercise first time round, but every time you spend time on it make it a pleasurable process.
- List 100 things that you would like to achieve in your lifetime
…yes 100 things, don’t be afraid to write them all down and remember not to hold back thinking ‘that might not be possible.’ …this is the start of making your dreams come true. These could be things you want to achieve, experience with your family, learn, places you want to visit…they can include anything that are important to you.
And commit them to paper - after all writing down goals increases dramatically the chance of them being achieved.
- Importance of your goals
For each of your goals now write down why it is important to you and on a scale of 1 - 10 how important. You might start to learn about yourself in this process, about what is really important to you and some goals that you once had may no longer be a priority.
- Make your goals SMART
To ensure your goals really give you the focus needed to achieve them ensure they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and have a Time Scale (see SMART objectives) And included in this is ensuring you put a time scale on each – when would you like to achieve these by – 3 weeks, 3 months, 3 years, 10 years?
- View, Review and Revise
Once you have a list of goals you are happy with put them somewhere where you can see them and be reminded of them day after day. Keep adding to and revising the list.
This may only be the first stage in the process (and you will find more tips to help you on other pages)…but this lifetime goals exercise is an exciting and powerful first step in helping you to achieve your dreams.
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