Hi guys, it’s the last day of August and we are officially taking a big step into autumn tomorrow. Are you ready?
It’s hard to let go of a long lazy summer. I love how we all dial down on work and just enjoy. It’s such a gorgeous time of year and it’s great not to have to feel bad about doing a little bit less and having a bit more fun. Because everyone is doing it and we need to get to chill out for a while to stay sane.
It’s great both for motivation and creativity to have a break now and then. That’s why it makes me happy seeing influencers taking time off social media for a few days here and there. It’s meant to be fun and it won’t be if there is this constant pressure to deliver.
It’s about being kind to you and allow yourself to be less productive for a while. When you get to step out of your little bubble, you zoom out on your own situation and all of a sudden you can see things more objectively and with a clearer head. This is why most great decisions happen in either the beginning of the year or right about now.
It’s all kind of exciting when you think about it. All that extra energy just bubbling under the surface and ready to go.
The trick is to harness this energy and to use it in the best possible way. And to do this we have to be smart.
If we go right back to what we dropped before the break, we will get stuck in the same old details and routines again. Nothing will change and even though we feel a bit more creative for a while. Within a few weeks, it will all be back to what it was before.
This is why it’s so incredibly important to SET GOALS.
Goals are tricky things. Because they depend solely on your mindset at the time. If you are in a good frame of mind, you will set big, but attainable goals. If you, on the other hand, are feeling a bit drained, weighed down and tired of it all. Chances are that your goals will reflect that.
So now, my friends, is the time to set those really big, amazing, scary, life-changing goals you have had in the back of your mind for a long time. It’s time to put your phone on silent, fetch your bullet journal, make a nice cup of tea and put pen to paper.
And if you haven’t done it before, don’t worry. I will guide you.
The first rule of setting goals is;
THEY HAVE TO BE SCARY!
If a goal isn’t making you feel like you are overreaching. Then it’s not a particularly good goal. Sure, there are a few instances when moderation is better, like when it comes to the gym and weight-loss goals or other similar areas where you need to take it slow for it to be healthy.
But when it comes to business and career goals. They should be so big that you would be ashamed of showing them to anyone. And you don’t have to until you reached them and everyone can see for themselves that is.
The second rule of setting goals is;
THEY HAVE TO HAVE A TIME LIMIT!
A goal without a deadline is just a dream. If you are not putting any time pressure on it, it won’t happen. We are too good at procrastinating.
Twice a year I sit down and make a list of goals for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years and 5 years. Chances are most of them are progressions. So it’s not loads of goals, more stages. If it feels a bit overwhelming, start by doing up to a year.
Try to be realistic when setting your deadlines. You ofter overestimate what you can do in a month but underestimate what you can do in a year. Keep this in mind and try to find a good balance.
The third rule of setting goals is;
THEY HAVE TO COME WITH A PLAN!
Ok, so you got your goal and a deadline for reaching it. How do you get there? What are the first steps? This can sometimes feel like a massive task. Like, how do you even take the first step towards something massive?
I’m going to teach you an amazing trick for this.
You don’t. You don’t start planning your first step. You actually start at the end. What is the step that has to happen right before you reach your goal? That is usually easier to visualize. And after that, you do the same again. What is the step before that step? Eventually, you will get to a point where you think, “well, I can do this tomorrow”.
Et voila you have your plan! This setting goals thing isn’t all that hard after all is it?
The last rule of setting goals is;
YOU HAVE TO START TODAY!
Let’s say you have 3 goals you want to reach. Make sure to do 3 things straight away that will get you closer to these goals. Only small things. Even if it’s just looking someone up on LinkedIn, googling a “how-to”, buying a book or asking a friend for advice. Do it first thing in the morning and then you are done for the day.
If you dedicate the first 20 minutes of your work-day to doing 3 small things towards your 3 goals every day. I promise you will reach them even faster than you planned. We always underestimate what power small actions have.
Another brilliant side effect is that every day you think about your goal you automatically visualize and normalize the goal in your head. Soon you are going to find that the goal isn’t scary at all anymore. It’s a reality and you can even see another bigger goal after this one.
That my friends is the magic of setting goals. It’s a process that has to happen for you to get somewhere with anything you do. The better you are at setting goals, the better you will do in life.
I’m going to sit down and set my next goals right now. I’m boiling the kettles as we speak. Are you in?