Are you ready for a larger, greater, and stronger life? Developing your goals is one of the best ways to amplify your life.
According to Dictionary.com, to amplify is: 1. to make larger, greater, or stronger; enlarge; extend.2. to expand in stating or describing, as by details or illustrations; clarify by expanding.
Did you know that you can expand your life in stating and describing your goals?
When we reach down inside ourselves to tap into our deepest desires, we can articulate and amplify those desires into a vision of what we want for our lives.
But in the hustle and bustle of life, we can find ourselves mindlessly running on a hamster wheel. Round and round we go, but we never get anywhere?
Last week I talked about visualizing your ideal day as one way to gain clarity on your goals.
This week I’d like to share some questions that will help you gain a vision for the outcomes you want in your life.
I urge you to do the following:
a) Sit down, open up your calendar/planner, and schedule 2 solid hours for yourself. No interruptions!
b) Write down the answers to the questions on the worksheet.
Don’t judge yourself. Write freely. Speak into a recorder if you’ve got an auditory learning style. Or draw and sketch out the answers to the questions, if you are more of a visual person.
Here Are Some Key Questions For Developing Your Goals:
1. If you could wave a wand and have 3 wishes, what would you wish for the buckets in your life?
- God and spirituality
- Family and friends
- Work and career
- Community and Service
- Personal growth and development
2. What would be your top priorities if you learned you had only 6 months to live?
You can include the buckets for this question as well.
3. What would you do if you won $10 million dollars, tax-free, tomorrow?
After the excitement subsided, how would you spend your time. Again, you can include the buckets when answering this question.
Go Through Your List
“Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energy on a limited set of targets” Nido Qubein
Pick One Goal.
Yes, one goal. Why do I say just one goal? Because if you’re like me, your life is complex. There is so much going on, that it’s hard to take time just to do the exercise of going through the above questions!
Also, if you just pick one goal, you can concentrate all your energies on that one goal. Success breeds success. After you carry out this goal, you’ll gather the momentum needed to go after the next one.
Give Yourself a GOST of a Chance
Rich Horwath taught me about the GOST achievement method in his fabulous book, Strategy For You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want.
The GOST framework, per Mr. Horwath, is “a simple framework to help people understand the differences between goals, objectives, strategies, and tactics.
Below is an example from his book.
|Goal: what you are trying to achieve||Objective: Fleshes out the details: It is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Bound)||Strategy (general resource allocation plan)||Tactic (specifically how you will carry out your strategy)|
|Become closer to my spouse or partner||Have a date night with my spouse every week at a new restaurant||Dedicate thoughtful time to my spouse to rekindle our relationship||-Download Urbanspoonapp to mobile phone to find potential restaurants-Build a database of restaurants, including their locations and phone numbers-Create a list of live entertainment establishments and other recreational venues-Develop a calendar just for date night, and populate it with choices|
A Gost Goal Setting Template
Here is a GOST_Goal_Setting_Template to help you meet your most important life outcome from this goal setting exercise.
Fill it out and start amplifying your life!