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Goal setting is one of the fundamentals of a great life.  It just may be the most important thing in a modern society.  Not only does it separate the wheat from the chaff, it moves humanity along.  Indeed, perhaps it’s the only thing that does.  Ask yourself: do you have goals?

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My Experience

I’m climbing my way toward mastery.

More than anything, I just need a few more years.

I already have a fairly sophisticated system.  But for me, figuring out what I really want takes reps.

I use my goals to carve out a life purpose.

Points of emphasis respond to change in both me and in the world.  But all the while, they pull me forward.

I create goals then mold my character to the traits that those objectives require.  My goals help me discover the man I need to be so that I can do the things I want to do.

So far, they’ve served me well.  Long may it continue.

  • Importance – 92%
  • Passion – 90%
  • Mastery – 20%

Journey Started: ≈2012

Good Life Foundation

Goals are fundamental.  They are an essential pillar of a good life.  Without them, it’s easy to get blown to and fro by the winds of the world.

Where Goal Setting Fits in a Good Life

Goals are one of the most important pieces of the Achievement puzzle.

For me, they’re a “Tier 2” concept, on the same level as Mindset, Habits, Growth, and High Performance.

It is also closely tied to practices like Journaling.

1. Achievement
‣ 2. Goal Setting
3. Frameworks
3. Scheduling
4. Yearly
4. Monthly
4. Daily Planning
3. Business Plans

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Setting the New 20s Off Right: My 2020 Goals

Setting the New 20s Off Right: My 2020 Goals

New Year's Resolutions get a bad wrap. It's not their fault though. It's yours. The truth is: The beginning of the year is a perfect time for a reset. You have to execute though. Do it right and this year could be the best year you've ever had. No guarantees. Because,...

Creating Goals That  Move Your Life Forward

For goal setting newbies:

Let’s start with the best advice up front.

Just get started.

You can’t set effective goals until you’ve done it before.  Like most things, you’ll suck the first few times.  Eventually though, you might discover things about yourself you never knew.

The first step is to write your goals down.

If you don’t have a Journaling habit, it’s time you started one.

To borrow a personal growth cliché:

“Goals not written down are just dreams.” (Les Brown?)

They say there is a magic in putting pen to paper.  Many shy away.  But for success, it’s a small price to pay.  When you take your future seriously, you no longer see things like goal setting as a chores.

Instead, you’ll find that your goals help you chart a path.  As you grow into the person capable of achieving your goals, you’ll then map out higher ones.

So begins the climb toward Achievement.

Once you commit, there are a variety of ways to get started.

I pull my inspiration from Brendon Burchard, Vishen Lakhiani, Tony Robbins, and my other Favorite Coaches.  Each has their own spin and plenty to teach.

Again, it’s easier once you’ve done it before.  Eventually, you’ll find what works for you.

How to Grow Tomatoes Step-By-Step

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Discover Your Why

If you don’t want it bad enough, you won’t do what is necessary to achieve it.  Most people lack the motivation to even write their goals down, let alone pursue them.  Ironically, goals are motivating.  When you do it right, they provide a constant source of motivation.

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Multiple Iterations

Commit to goal setting more than once.  As you revisit and rework them, you’ll find what works for you and what doesn’t.  And as you try multiple frameworks, you’ll gain clarity on what truly drives you.  Don’t worry about the “how to” questions.  Pick one and go.

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Goal-Based Habits

To achieve your goals you have to turn them into action.  That means you need to map your goals to specific behaviors.  Better yet, create habits that push you toward your goals.  Once you know what you want, it’s a matter of becoming the you that deserves it.

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Schedules & Tracking

No one likes schedules or tracking.  But you need them if you’re serious about progress.  If you don’t schedule it, you won’t get it done (especially not the hard stuff).  If you don’t track it, you won’t know what works best.  In review, you often learn the most. 

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Be a Dream Chaser

You can’t just wish your most audacious dreams into reality.  And if you’re new to this, you may not succeed as you are now.  You’ll have to learn skills, develop character, and make sacrifices.  It’s about self identity.  You’ll have to build the resiliency that says “this is me.”

Remember: just start.  The first time you put your goals on paper, you’re closer to achieving your dreams than 90% of the population.

My Favorite Goal Setting Videos

You can find everything you need to know about goal-setting online.

I’m no high performance titan.  I stand on the shoulders of giants.  I simply listen to what my Heroes say and apply it.  Not everything sticks.  But enough does to make a lasting impact.

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When I am trying to teach someone about how to set goals, this is where I start.  The first few videos  are meant to change your paradigms about goal setting.  They all lead up to a nine minute exercise in the last video.  It’s great to do in groups and share.

 

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Tim Ferris: Fear Setting

Goals: Process vs. Product

Goals, Targets, and Obligations

Putting Goals
to Action

 

Setting goals is only half the battle, if that.  At some stage, you actually have to do the work.  It’s not always easy, even when you know what you want and love the work you do.  Developing goals that propel you is a skill and an ongoing process of personal growth.

 

How I Use Goals to Create the Life I want

If you haven’t noticed, I take this stuff seriously.

You don’t have to do it like me.  But maybe you wanna know.  So I guess I’ll tell you.  You might have picked some of it up by reading through this page or clicking on some of the links.

I’ll spell it all out here.

Knowledge of Self and Divination

When you set goals like this, it becomes a spiritual thang.  Self Awareness is my fave. 🤩 It might be the best tool for sorting out things like your “heart’s desire” or “life purpose.”  And when you get it right, your goals become your destiny.  Predict your own success, then take responsibility.  You’ll be able to look back and say “Called it, b!tch.” 😏

Bullet Journal, Save Us

I pretty much put my entire life in my Bullet Journal.  It’s a straight up lifesaver.  More than that though: for me, it’s a life maker.  Bullet journals let you create your own dynamic layouts that are perfect for goal setting.  I create new layouts every year as I learn and my needs develop.  Without it, I don’t know how I would be able to plan as I do.

Turning Big Rocks Into Little Rocks

Each year, I revisit and revise my life goals.  I add and subtract as needed then build out a yearly plan based on that.  I break those down into monthly targets, to be reviewed and updated each quarter throughout the year.  Finally, I use weekly and daily journal layouts to plan and track the individual tasks that need to get done day to day.

Day Dreaming with Homework

I approach goal setting with a “shoot for the moon” mentality.  I’m all about bringing imagination into it.  But that has to be anchored with tracking and review.  I basically create worksheets for myself.  They range from daily To Do Lists to monthly project planning to financial dashboards.  Together, they help me identify what gets results for me.

Sharing is Caring

If you haven’t noticed, I like to share my goals. 😁 It’s good for you.  I even try to set up group goal setting activities when I can.  (See: First Mastermind)  Support and accountability are underrated.  Masterminds provide both.  Beyond that, I like to announce my goals to the world because I’m a sh!t talker and it motivates me to do live up to my words.

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My Goal Setting Posts

How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

Becoming a "morning person" has changed my life. Only time will tell, but it could go down as a top five factor to my future success. Learning how to wake up early wasn't easy. Until the second half of 2018, I've been a notoriously late sleeper. It started as a kid: I...

Setting Goals for 2019

Setting Goals for 2019

I have mixed feelings about New Year's Resolutions. I don't believe in waiting to make changes. I think it makes more sense to try to grow everyday. Create good new habits.  Erase the negative old ones.  Do it all the time. However, I find that measurement is...

Playing for Four Quarters

Playing for Four Quarters

I believe that everything is training for the next thing. At 30 years old, I am finally stepping into my own. I had a lot of bad habits to shed.  I also had a lot to learn about life.  I’m grateful that I “woke up” as early as I did. Now, I can conceptualize 10, 20,...

How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

How to Become a Morning Person [Life-Changing Habit #1]

Becoming a "morning person" has changed my life. Only time will tell, but it could go down as a top five factor to my future success. Learning how to wake up early wasn't easy. Until the second half of 2018, I've been a notoriously late sleeper. It started as a kid: I...

Setting Goals for 2019

Setting Goals for 2019

I have mixed feelings about New Year's Resolutions. I don't believe in waiting to make changes. I think it makes more sense to try to grow everyday. Create good new habits.  Erase the negative old ones.  Do it all the time. However, I find that measurement is...

Playing for Four Quarters

Playing for Four Quarters

I believe that everything is training for the next thing. At 30 years old, I am finally stepping into my own. I had a lot of bad habits to shed.  I also had a lot to learn about life.  I’m grateful that I “woke up” as early as I did. Now, I can conceptualize 10, 20,...

My Month in Personal Growth – December 2018

My Month in Personal Growth – December 2018

December has been one of the best months of my life. Rather: I've been around my all-time best this month. Experientially, nothing beats the days with my boys. But I am turning myself into a monster.  It really showed this month.  Much of the pay off will come later. ...

My Top 3 High Performance Coaches

"YouTube University" has brought many a life-optimizer across my path.  These three are my favorite high performance coaches.

Brendon Burchard

operation Director, Elegant Themes

Robin Sharma

Tech Support, Elegant Themes

Tim Ferris

operation Director, Elegant Themes

So, You Think You Want to Climb to the Top?

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