Goal Setting

(Originally published May 24, 2011) 

The last months I’ve been lost, goalless, like a ship without a sail.  

I had goals, I always do, they just needed tweaking and elaboration.  

So I sat myself down tonight, read through this free kindle book and set out my goals for the remaining 6 months of the year.

To get warmed up, I wrote down my answers to the book’s questions, which essentially asked: 

  • What do you want to be doing in 5 years? 
  • What would you do if you won the lottery for 1 million dollars? 
  • What does your perfect life look like? 
  • What would you have changed about your life if you could go back in time? 
  • What would you do without the lizard brain, aka the resistance?  
  • What did you enjoy most as a child? 

Here are my answers, in brief: 

  • Live/work in Istanbul for digital media company doing marketing
  • Pretty much status quo except a few purchases here and there
  • Grow up with my wife and build a quality family
  • Learn coding HTML, CSS so I could build my own widgets and websites
  • Start my own small company and work remotely
  • Playing sports and collecting music

I then developed six goals that were specific, measurable, positive, and deadline driven.  Some of them were straightforward, like hitting the weights twice a week before my wedding and buying a brand new Apple laptop before year end.  If you want to know all of six, email me.  

The trick is to pick goals that are feasible and that nag you and take small steps to achieve them.  Scratch the itch.  

To help shape your goals keep in mind the following: 

-The requirements for each goal, obstacles, action steps, positive affirmations (meditate on these), taking real ACTION, and reviewing your goals often if not daily each morning

The purpose of goal setting is to give you direction.  Expect to fail along the way, but know that you may be lead into something better.

Write it down.  Believe it.  Go for it!  

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

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