In the process of working on the Household Notebook Contents, I realized the need to create a Goal Master List (pdf) that works with Goal Charts (pdf). The resulting forms make it easy to see what will add value in different life areas, which value levels are lowest (and therefore highest priority), and what goals will be most effective to increase value. Once a goal is selected, choose a goal chart based on whether the goal is daily, weekly, or monthly. This will help keep your goals SMART and visible and visual.
Example daily goal: I will drink eight glasses of water every day.
Example weekly goal: I will increase time with family by spending at least 30 minutes each week one-on-one with each person doing an activity of their choice.
Example monthly goal: I will save $1200/year by making a $100 deposit in my savings account every month and track with a chart to reach the target date of twelve months from today.
We must expect to encounter obstacles along the path to our goals. When this happens, it’s time to think of ways to solve the problem, to recalculate the route to our destination. Sometimes the first step is to see that there is a problem.
Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. -Mario Andretti
We must expect to encounter obstacles in our path as we reach for goals. Do you know the story behind the name of a very successful product called WD-40? It took 40 tries to get the water displacement formula correct.
Got inspiration? Watch the inspiring movie Rudy about a determined young man pursuing his dream in spite of many obstacles and set-backs.
Get more inspired with this song playlist after a hard, discouraging day:
Most of us would rather avoid thinking about the possibility of health issues, accidents, other problems that might happen, or even death. So proactively preparing for these things is easy to postpone. However, a little bit of time spent planning can save you and/or your loved ones a lot of pain and suffering.
Having your files and household records organized is the first step. The next step is planning your estate, and organizing all the information so that everything is in order. No matter how simple a life you lead, it’s can be surprising how many details there can be. This is a financial goal that will provide peace of mind for you in knowing your wishes are carried out, and one that loved ones will much appreciate.
Print out this Executor Information form (doc) and fill out the information about locations of all important documents and necessary contacts. This Extension Service form (pdf)(eight pages) is very helpful as well.
Gather together as many important documents as you can, and consider keeping them in a locked fireproof file box or safe deposit box.
Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make ‘em go “Oh, oh, oh”
You’re gonna leave ‘em all in awe, awe, awe
You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It’s always been inside of you, you, you
And now it’s time to let it through-ough-ough
‘Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth
Make ‘em go “Oh, Oh, Oh”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y
The best way to shine is to know how you want to add value.
When you see what will fill your life with value in each life area, it’s easy to choose a goal that will increase the area with the lowest level of value. And your life will glow brighter.
To really turn the wattage up, know how you will use your talents to add value to life. To uncover talents and clarify how you will use them, think about your Unique Selling Proposition, the special benefit only you can provide. Then you can focus your energy in a powerful light that shines to brighten the world.
Is there evidence that proves that it is important to set goals?
Studies by Locke conclude that 90% of laboratory and field studies involving specific and challenging goals led to higher performance than did easy or no goals. -Wikipedia
Is there evidence that proves written goals are most effective?
A Study Validating The Effectiveness of Written Goals
A supposed study at Harvard/Yale that showed those who wrote down goals were 10% more successful, has been debunked. However an actual study has been done with results received from 149 participants at Dominican University. The results of the study:
The positive effect of written goals was supported: Those who wrote their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write their goals.
This study provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of three coaching tools: accountability, commitment and writing down one’s goals.
The ability to delay gratification is an important skill for achieving goals. This means you are able to clearly see and commit to long-term results over short-term satisfactions. An example would be choosing not to eat a donut now in order to reach a goal of losing weight. The results will not be immediate, so it’s important to maintain your motivation to overcome the temptation in front of you now.
Delayed gratification is often needed to reach financial goals. You must restrain yourself from buying the cup of coffee you’d like to have now in order to save money to pay more on a credit card bill. This takes self-discipline. Perhaps you may see the need to exercise more, but you do not really want to. To increase this ability, make yourself want to do want you know you should do by keeping your focus on the benefits of results. Keep your goals visual and visible.