Personal Goal setting
What is your life all about? What is it that you ultimately want to accomplish? The personal goal setting process is a way to give direction and purpose to your life. Having a clear purpose gives you focus for your effort and strong reasons for motivation. Until you really sit down and decide what your goals are for your life, you will drift from one thing to another, probably without accomplishing anything significant.
Understanding Personal Goal Setting
When going through a personal goal setting process, it is helpful to put your goals into perspective. One of my goal setting strategies is to classify goals into three general categories.
Top level - Life goal
What is the greatest vision of yourself? If you were utilizing your full potential, acting fearlessly, and able to overcome any obstacle in your way, who would you be? What things would you do? At this level of the personal goal setting process, your life goal gives you inspiration for your other goals. Inside of each of us is a vision of what we are capable of at our finest. It is easy to lose sight of this vision- your daily problems, issues, and needs can become overwhelming. Take the time to rediscover it- just catching a glimpse may be enough to inspire you to start taking action.
Don't make the mistake of settling for less. Don't be satisfied with something mundane or safe. Look beyond your current needs and problems, move past your fears, and see the image of who you could become. This is what you are working towards, realizing this ideal image of yourself. This image becomes your life goal and is a powerful tool for self motivation. Your life goal is what you would accomplish if you were acting at your full capacity. Think about what what would really give your life meaning; what you could and would do if you were using your full potential.
At this level your life goal should be general; it can be fulfilled in a variety of ways. It should be something that you are continually working towards and can achieve in multiple ways. When you are acting in alignment with your life goal you will feel fulfilled, get in the flow state more often, and have a sense of meaning and purpose.
Second level- Expressive goals
It's great once you once you have settled on a life goal, but the next step is to figure out how to actually accomplish it. This second category are the big, concrete goals that are how you actually express your life goal. Once you have the vision of who you could be, what things do you need to do to get there? What changes or improvements would you need to make in order to accomplish your life goal?
Third Level- Foundation and Maintenance goals
These are the basic maintenance and improvement goals. The main purpose of these types of goals are to give you the foundation and ability to accomplish your larger aspirations and dreams. If you have poor health, little money, low energy, few resources, etc., your ability to accomplish the second level goals is diminished.