"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much."
Jim Rohn 1930-2009, Author and Speaker
It was the New Moon yesterday, and with it another monthly lunar cycle begins. I started to think about the intentions that we normally make at the beginning of a New Year or a new season, and because we are fairly general in what we want to achieve and the timeline is so big, we often give up after a short time. However, what if we made our goals short term ones, could this actually help us achieve more? I decided to aim this blog more at how to achieve small or short-term goals – a bit like the lunar cycle, achieving something within a month. But how can you get what you want unless you know what it is? Many of us think we know what we want but often fall short of achieving all that we want. While we may have an idea about what we want in life, sometimes we have not really given thought to how to get what we want, what the real costs will be when we get it, or even if getting what we want is aligned with our values and life’s purpose. Without taking time to think about these aspects, getting what we want may be impossible, or in the end turn out to be not at all like what we thought it would be. I do believe however that reducing the scale of effort that is required is more likely you bring about success, and success as we know can be contagious and repeated.
So, here are some actions for you to take to achieve the ‘snappy’ short-term goals that you want to achieve.
Action 1 - Pick just 1 or 2 goals to work with during a month time period. Do not get overwhelmed by trying to change every area of your life. Just pick a couple of areas that you want to begin changing in the next few weeks.
Action 2 - Write your goals down. You will have heard this over and over again about how much more effective goal setting is when you write your goals down. It is totally true. Once you have identified your 2 or 3 goals, write down in detail what it is you want to accomplish, or what stage you want to be in at the end of the time period that you have chosen. Remember to be as realistic as possible. Of course be bold and daring, but chose the level of what you can do carefully.
Action 3 - Once that is done, get a small card and write out an affirmation paragraph that describes in detail how you will feel once you have reached that goal. Keep it in the first person as if you have already accomplished that goal. So something like: “It feels so good now that I’m…” or “ I love the way I can do….”
Action 4 - Make a list and start identifying right now what actions you can take to move you closer to your goals. Make a list of actions you can take today and take them! Do the same thing tomorrow and get in the habit of taking an action each day to move you closer to your goals.
So, think about something you really want to get done, or a habit that you would like to change. Create a plan based on the 4 actions above to achieve this within a month and go for it!