I don’t know where I heard it first, but I have never forgotten the saying, “If you aim for nothing, you will hit it every time.”
That saying really stuck with me and affirmed my already existent love for goal-setting. I love setting out to do something and then seeing it accomplished. The process is so exciting and energizing for me.
Better than that, I’ve seen it be hugely effective in my personal, professional and even spiritual life over the past several years.
The best goal-setting exercise I have ever learned I got from my friend Jason Nordlund. To this day, I don’t know anyone better at this than him. He may not have made it up, but since he taught it to me, I’ll give him the credit.
There are five steps.
1. Write down your top 10 goals using the positive, present tense.
Positive, present tense is important. Don’t write, “I wish I could someday write a book.” Say, “I will write a book in 2015.” The distinction might seem small, but it isn’t.
Wishing you could someday write a book isn’t a goal. It’s a wish. Wishes sometimes come true, but when you intentionally pursue a goal, you stop standing back, waiting for your wish to be granted. Instead, you act.
Action happens in the present, positive tense.
2. If you could only achieve one goal, which would it be?
The hard truth about life is we have to make choices. You can’t have it all, own it all and do it all. You have to choose. There are only so many hours in the day, days in the week, weeks in the year and years in our life.
You have to ask yourself: Which goal is most important?