Sometimes, in the middle of our journey – whether it is in school, career, business or relationships – we may find ourselves stuck. It may be because we’re uncertain of what we want. Perhaps, we’re no longer as passionate about the things we’re doing as we once were. Subsequently, it’s normal for us to feel like we’ve hit a dead end, sigh heavily and say “I don’t know what to do!”. Fortunately, I know exactly how to handle situations like these – by setting goals.
A few of my employees aren’t sure about their goals and hence, are unable to articulate them in a clearly defined manner. I take it upon myself to teach them how to dream. I help them identify their goals through a simple yet powerful goal-setting exercise. If you too are unsure about your goals, I urge you to give it a try!
Step 1: Write Down Anything You Don’t Want in Life
Even if we aren’t too sure about what we want in life exactly, most of us are confident about what we don’t want. For instance, we might want to switch careers but might not yet know which field we’d like to enter. However, we’d have known at that point that we do not wish to continue working in the industry we’re in.
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As a first step, I advise you to write down all the things you don’t want in life on a piece of paper. Articulating these pushes you to make decisions on certain aspects of your life you’re unclear about. The process reinstates your stances on matters. It also creates a foundation for building goals with real intent and action. Once you’ve done this, you’ll no longer need to focus your attention and energy on things that don’t matter.
Step 2: Write Down the Opposite of What You Wrote on a New Sheet of Paper
Next, take a new piece of paper and write down the exact opposite of what you just wrote. If you wrote down “I don’t want to be poor” write “I want to be rich” on the new sheet. If you wrote “I don’t want to lead an unhealthy lifestyle”, then write “I want to be healthy”. What you write might not exactly be what you want, but it’s a start to understanding your real needs and wants. It will help you unravel goals that are in your best interests.
Step 3: Write Down a List of Things You Can Start Doing Right Away on Another Sheet of Paper
Once you’ve completed your list of opposites, make a third list of things you can really start doing right away. Ask yourself what you can start doing this moment if you want to become wealthy or want to lead a healthy lifestyle. You could go on online recruitment sites and search for higher paying jobs or freelancing work from which you can earn extra cash. You could also alter your diet and start consuming fewer carbs and sugar. Write down everything you think you can do!
Step 4: Pick the Top Five Actions from the Third List that Inspires You Most and Set a Deadline
Of all the things you can start doing right away, pick the top five that inspire you the most. Set a reasonable deadline for completion. Whatever you choose, it’s essential to establish a realistic time and day as the finish line so you can achieve what you intended to. If you aim too high to start with, you may not be able to follow through with your plans and might consider giving up. Seeing results will motivate you to work harder and take more steps to achieve your goal.
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Once you feel you’ve got the hang of the first five actions, you can take on the next five on your list. Be sure to keep your third list accessible so that as you can begin to take action. You can adjust your list’s details and timelines as you progress.
For me, sitting with employees to discuss their goals has a substantial impact on results, from both motivational and performance-related perspectives. One of my top agents started in our organization six years ago with no real goals or desires in life. He was eager to learn, adapted well to the lessons I offered, and ended up writing ninety-two goals that he wanted to accomplish and put them in action. He achieved eighty-three of the ninety-two goals in less than six years, which is impressive.
If you start now, you too can achieve your goals within six years or earlier!
About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from ไม่มีที่อยู่อาศัยให้กับมหาเศรษฐี.
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