Day 4 of my goal setting is a little late, but I have had a good amount of time to think. Remember to refresh your memory with my Day 3 post here and watch Jack Black of Mindstore’s Day 4 video here . For the final part of the process I decided to Go Big or Go Home. I have chosen a mixture of the big and bold, as well as the smaller goals.
Jack calls Day 4 extraordinary goal setting, not realistic achievable goal setting. The reason as Jack puts it:
“Not a single person inspired me from history started out with a realistic achievable goal. And another thing, no one gets out of bed on a Monday morning with a passion for a realistic achievable goal. The men and women who have always inspired me have set out with goals, dreams and aspirations that were truly truly compelling and aspiring”
So Go Home or Go Big. I am not going to worry about how I’ll get there, I am putting up goals that push my buttons. Jack has concluded that 7 goals are the right number – like the 7 days in the week, the 7 colours in the rainbow etc 7 is the number. His theory is that once you have these 7, the rest that you had (in the list of 30 from Day 3) will follow in due course. So first here are my title goals:
- Work for Google
- Earn over £45,000
- Better work life balance for Jules and I
- Get an agile qualification
- Get a mentor
- Life in Sydney again
- New bathrooms
The next step is to write the date you have set those goals and if you like, the date you want to achieve them by. Don’t let your self doubt get in the way – the voice in your head that says “I won’t be able to do that in year”. Write down what you want.
Once you have done this you need to create an affirmation to go with this. This is a sentence that you say about your goal. It contains the three “p’s”:
- Personal statement (begins with “I”)
- It is a positive statement
- And it is said in the present tense
So you could start it “I have” or “I do”. So here are some of mine below. I did this for all 7 goals and you will notice the tip ex because I did it wrong the first time! I chose to share these three below because they all stretch over different time periods that I want to achieve them. Living in Sydney for example I have written 2020 next to. But the work life balance goal says 2018. This is because I wanted to share the length and breadth of what I wish to achieve. It’s not all going to be done by tomorrow it’s a long term commitment.
So goal chosen, date set and date to achieve, affirmation written. The next step is to add a short description. This needs to be very detailed, you can’t just put “make more money”, because as Jack points out you might find 10p in the gutter tomorrow and that would be achieving the goal. So really get the detail down about the goal, how it looks, how it feels. Finally add some images to your note book pages. This is very easy – perhaps the model of the car you want, or a picture of the house you want to buy.
I take one example for the description that I wrote for my goal better home/work balance for Jules and I. Jack isn’t specific, but I put it in present tense:
“I have a job which has allowed me to have access to both flexible working patterns and some work from home days. This has allowed Jules to request a second work from home day and step back on his hours. It allows us to both be there for our childcare arrangements and reduces commuting days.”
My pictures – well that was easy: a picture of a 3 bed rental unit in Sydney in Curl Curl because that’s what I want to do for living abroad goal.
Jack also suggests the following to help remind you of your goals:
- Take those images and put them in places you least expect. For example the picture above I am going to put on the inside of my kitchen cupboard door where I get my mugs from so that first thing in the morning I see it
- Take the wording of your goals and abbreviate them and use as your passwords- for example “Work for Google” could be wfgoo@2018. The date added perhaps being the date you wish to achieve it by
The principles of these actions is that you are mentally programming this goal into your daily life. By visualising and reminding yourself every night or morning it allows you to be constantly acting upon these goals. The more you do, the more creative you might become. I’ve only just got my notebook sorted but I want to have a go at all of these things. So stay tuned…I will be writing this from the Google office this time next year!