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HOW TO SET YOUR GOALS THE RIGHT WAY? GOAL SETTING 101

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Goal setting is crucial if you want to live the life that you have always imagined.

We often set our goals by saying,

  • This year, I want to be __________ .
  • This year, I want to have ________.
  • I want to create _______.
  • I want to start my own business.

Delete those words/sentences from your vocabulary.

They don’t do you any good.

HERE IS HOW TO SET YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR THE RIGHT WAY.

GOAL SETTING 101 with examples of my goals for 2017!

The word “want” will never get you to where you want to be. It’s great to have wants and desires; in fact you need them in order to grow but simply having a desire to achieve something isn’t enough. What you need along with desire are a few crucial elements.

What I realized was that I had all these wants and desires but for some reason I wasn’t able to achieve them. I wasn’t able to make them a reality. And I kept asking myself why. What I learnt was that, it is not enough to “WANT” something. WHAT was I really doing to achieve them? WHAT was my plan? WHAT was my deadline? HOW was I going to achieve my wants?

Setting your goals for the new year or any other time is an exercise I highly recommend doing once a year and monitoring them once a month. I don’t know about anyone else, but I love when a new year approaches. It gives me a chance to reflect back on year and see what went well, what I can improve, what didn’t work out so well and what I can change for the new year. The idea of a “fresh start”or “wiping the slate clean” is a great feeling. Often times, we burden ourselves by putting too much pressure if we are not where we want to be in life. I know that I sure do. And one of the reasons for this is we don’t know what we truly want and we don’t know how to set goals the right way.

“What we “think” we want and what we “truly” want are two very different things”.- Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani talks about having means vs end goals and the importance of differentiating between the two.

END GOALS:

  • Define outcomes where you’re unwilling to compromise
  • They describe exactly what you want
  • Value based

    MEAN GOALS:
    d
    efine one of many paths to reach your end goals.

I have numerous means goals, but I only have about ten end goals for my entire life. And most of my end goals have to do with living a certain kind of life and/or being a certain kind of person.

My end goals describe the kind of life I want to lead. Our end goals should motivate and drive everything we do.

End goals define results that we’re unwilling to compromise.

For example, One of my End Goals:

  •  I will live a life where I have freedom & independence from time
  • I will to be able to travel 3-4 months out of the year during winter and work from anywhere while making money
  • I will have a lifestyle that allows me options and choice.That’s my end goal.Now, the means goal can be many different things. I can achieve that through many different paths. For example, with my current situation, I want to build an amazing furniture/accessories e-commerce website to sell across Canada and USA (deadline March 2017) and find someone to manage the online business for me while I work on other business projects (deadline February 2018). This will allow me the freedom to travel, look into other business opportunities and gain capital to enjoy the things I want in life.

My means goals are far more specific. My means goals are there to help me manifest my end goals. My means goals bring precision and clarity to my end goals.

TRY THIS: Create and hold a vision of your ideal self in your mind. That vision then becomes the basis of all your end goals, from which your means goals derive.

I keep my end goals on a separate list. My end goals don’t change much at all. But I often revise my means goals in order to best fit my current situation.

START WITH IDENTIFYING YOUR Top 5 Values: My End Goals are a reflection of these values. 

HERE ARE MY TOP 5:

  1. Freedom & Independance
  2. Security
  3. Family
  4. Power
  5. Adventure/Spontaneity

The important things to remember when setting means goals are:

  • You must make it specific
  • Give it a deadline
  • Write it down
  • You must look at it EVERYDAY. YES…EVERYDAY!
  • You must have a plan to start with

I started doing this exercise last year, and I saw great results. Although I didn’t achieve each and every single one of them, I was able to achieve majority of them. 

So as the new approaches, it’s that time of the year again. I reflected on my year and figured out a way to improve the way that I set my goals. I start with 12 categories that I believe are important in living a complete and fulfilled life. I believe all these 12 categories are necessary to reach self-actualization. 

So, I’ve poured my heart out out here by sharing a brief overview of my goals in the table below. I hope that it helps some of you plan out the new year so that you can achieve all that you set out to do to live your dream life. My end goals are definitely out there but I know if I keep at it, I will achieve them. I won’t know whether I can achieve them until I strive for it.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG. DON’T BE AFRAID TO THINK BIG.

DISCLAIMER: (My goals are actually more specific than these but I’ve shown this table so you can get an idea how to set goals in each of the different categories).

GOAL CATEGORY END GOAL (Lifestyle Design) 2017 MEANS GOAL + DEADLINES
1. ENVIRONMENT
  • Lakefront Cottage in Ontario
  • Condo in Downtown, Toronto
  • Loft style office space
  • Custom home with an indoor swimming pool
  • Sublet a condo downtown May-August 2017 to see how I enjoy city life
  • Redecorate my room to my liking by February 2017
2. SKILLS
  • Advanced Photoshop/Photography skills
  • Digital Marketing (SEO, Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Google Ads & Analytics)
  • Learn on Lynda.com once a day for 30 Mins
  • Landscape photography in New AUS/NZ (practice)
  • Photoshop tutorials with my web developer once a week
3. INTELLECTUAL
  • Start my own non-fiction reading club with over 300 members
  • Be fluent in Spanish
  • Interior Designer
  • Start a book club on my blog by the end of August 2017
  • Learn 5 new spanish words a day online and write them on Index Cards
  • Finish my certification interior decoration by the end of the year
4. CREATIVE
  • Grow my blog to 1 Million Followers along with a youtube channel
  • Host personal growth conferences and speaking engagements
  • Reach 10,000 followers by the end of the year
  • Have 4000 visitors on the website by the end of the year
  • Start my youtube channel (Post 3 videos by October 2017)
5. HEALTH
  • Min 35 min workouts 6 days a week as a daily routine
  • Swimming, Tennis, Badminton into my weekly workout routines
  • Go on world’s hardest hikes (train for them)
  • Take dance classes twice a week
  • Personal training sessions 2 times a week
  • Swimming once a week
6. FINANCIAL
  • Be making $100,000/month by the time I am 30 years old
  • Have 10 investment properties
  • Earn $_____ by the end of the year from my 2 businesses
  • Start a savings account by putting in $300 a month into a fund or life insurance (still needs to think about this)
7. CAREER
  • Have 4-5 Businesses in different industries each making $500,000/year minimum
  • Urban Accents: Launch of our new website by March 2017
  • Urban Stagers: Marketing by going into brokerages, cold calls etc (Do 5 projects a month)
8. FUN/ADVENTURE
  • Take 3-4 months out of the year during winter to travel around the world
  • Work-cations and Think Weeks once a year
  • Plan Africa 2018
  • Think week at a small lakefront cottage in Ontario
  • Caribbean Trip with friends
  • One Month in India by the end of 2017
9. PERSONAL
  • Have a personal assistant & personal stylist
  • Become a great cook
  • Daily Personal Habits (taking care of my body)
  • Cook one meal a week with my mom
  • Learn to cook certain items by the end of the year
  • Make my bed every morning
10. SPIRITUAL
  • Host meditation retreats across the world
  • Life Coach
  • Become a meditation instructor by the end of 2017
  • Find a spiritual coach by June 2017
11. PUBLIC SERVICE
  • Have a leadership role in an education based charity
  • Work with Everyday Child on growing the organization with any help they need throughout the year
12. NETWORKS/RELATIONSHIPS
  • Have a mastermind group that meets up once a month to discuss opportunities/life
  • Build my network in each industry that my businesses are a part of
  • Attend events at CSI/Mars
  • Connect with one new person a month in one of the industries I am interested in
  • Host a family get together once a month

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading all the way through<3

If you have any questions about the way I set my goals or anything related to this subject, leave a comment down below!

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