Setting the Goal: When setting my goals, I will always put myself in an environment where I am not distracted, I can focus, I can hear myself think, and most important, I can visualize myself achieving my goals. What does it look like? What does it feel like? What does it even smell like? When you take the time to envision what this will be like, you will take the necessary steps to achieve that vision.
What goals do I set? The core buckets I focus on in my life are: Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Friendship, Favor (service, kindness, being a miracle to others) and Field (work). These are the areas that are most important to me and when my goals are met in these categories, I can experience the happiness I’ve been seeking.
How do I set my goals? When you are setting your goals, putting yourself in the right mindset, and allowing inspiration to flow, it can quickly become overwhelming. You feel like you have to move a mountain in order to achieve, when in reality, let’s start with an achievable scoop of dirt! I go through each of these buckets and set 1-2 Wildly Important Goals (WIGS) for each one.
Writing your goals down. If you’re going to take the time to think about goals, set goals, and envision a life accomplishing your goals, then you have to look at every variable that will increase the probability of success. Write them down! Some crazy statistics*:
- 25% of people abandon their New Year’s Goals after the first week of the year.
- 60% abandon them within six months.
- 5% of those who lose weight on a diet keep it off; 95% will regain it.
Life moves fast and changes happen unexpectedly; it is very easy to say, “I’ll get around to it.” Writing goals down creates a commitment to the most important person, yourself. It gives you direction, purpose, and an end game. It keeps what it is that you’re wanting at the forefront of your mind. Remember, “It’s a Dream until you write it down, and then it becomes a Goal!”
Learning how to set your goals is just the beginning and the simplest part to the process. Where the rubber meets the road is in the execution. Here are some simple steps to help execute the behavior needed to achieve your goals! To remember them, I use a simple acronym F.L.E.A.: Focus, Leverage, Engagement, Accountability.
Discipline 1: Focus on Wildly Important Goals (WIG)
Choose 1-2 (but no more) Wildly Important Goals in the form of, “Change X to Y by this date.” and then focus on achieving the goal.
“The sun’s scattered rays are too weak to start a fire, but once you focus them with a magnifying glass they are capable of starting a fire in seconds”
Discipline 2: Leverage – Acting on Lead Measures
Choose your lead measures in the form of simple, measurable actions you can do each day that will help you reach your goals. These are predictive and become the KEY leveraging points in obtaining your goal.
Discipline 3: Engagement – Keep a Compelling Scorecard
“The highest level of performance always comes from people who are emotionally engaged and the highest level of engagement comes from knowing the score.” If you don’t know you are winning or losing, your most likely on your way to losing. Ask yourself regularly, “AM I WINNING?”
Discipline 4: Create a Cadence of Accountability
Accountability: Hold yourself accountable to your lead measures. If needed, find a partner to help keep you accountable.
Cadence: This needs to be done at least weekly. Find the right rhythm and stick to it.
“The magic in accomplishing goals is in discipline, consistency and the cadence of accountability.”
As we begin 2018, try practicing these disciplines by setting and accomplishing your health and wellness goals. Finding an opportunity with extra incentives can help with your goal engagement.