Yesterday I created a new goal sheet. It’s been a few months, and over the last couple weeks I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my goals. Today, we have a full moon in Capricorn at 11:02pm EDT, 8:02pm PDT July 10, 2006, and I’m sure that between the moon’s sway and my own gear shifting, it was just time to realign my directives.
Six or seven years ago I watched a video seminar by Carleton H. Sheets called “How to Buy Your First Home or Investment Property with No Down Payment.” The one thing I remember from the whole video is the part about goals. Sheets suggests a simple tool for setting goals; the reason I remember it, is that I’ve been using it ever since.
Here are the basics:
1) Brainstorm your goals, categorized into “Long Term Goals” and “Short Term Goals.”
2) Write/type these goals out, grouped under the two headings “Long Term Goals” and “Short Term Goals.”
3) Title the sheet “<Insert name>’s Goals”; sign your name to the goal sheet.
4) Hang it on the wall somewhere that you’ll see it regularly.
This process helps you to wrap your brain around those specific goals which are most important to you. By signing and displaying your goals, you are committing yourself to the goals, and more importantly, you are ensuring that those goals don’t just get filed away and forgotten the next day.
Every day, if not several times a day, you will look at and review those goals, keeping them fresh in your mind, and helping to focus your actions, your planning, and your priorities.
With a few years of practice, I’ve learned what does and doesn’t work for me. I don’t like to set too many goals: just a few under each heading. I don’t beat myself up when my goals change, or if I don’t meet one. Instead, after two, three, six, sometimes twelve months, I simply take the goals down, revise them, and start fresh.
I thought it might help if I created a sample goal sheet just to give you an idea of how it might look:
Skippy M’Chippin’s Goals
Long Term Goals
Save money to build a two-story dog house
Learn how to jump the fence
Climb Mt. Rainier
Write my memoirs, “Givin’ the Dog a Bone.”
Short Term Goals
Create a portfolio
Make a gift for Blackfoot’s birthday
Walk at least three times per week
Finish my short story, “The Bunny Hops No More.”
If you decide to give this a try for yourself, adjust the process to meet your needs! Use your own definitions of “Long Term” and “Short Term.” Post the goal sheet on your laptop desktop instead of the wall; change the font; rearrange the structure; add pictures… whatever it is that makes you feel more connected with and attracted to your goal sheet.
Do you have your own method of goal setting? Do tell!
Happy Full Moon everyone!