Last year, I shared how I go about my annual ritual of Goal Setting for myself and my team at JTCPL Designs. This year, however, I carried it out with my family. As we proceeded deeper into the exercise, I could see their initial resistance melting. It was an equally rewarding experience for me because it helped me understand why making your Goal Setting a ceremonial event makes it so rewarding.
- The human brain cannot differentiate between a real situation and a vividly imagined one. Whether it’s my own team, my family or a 100-plus audience of design students that I have guided through Goal Setting, it’s this visualisation part that makes them buy into the process. A 100 percent of them share how good it makes them feel to live their dream life – even for just the two minutes during the event.
- Writing down your goals and maintaining a journal gives you a sense of ownership. I have an affinity for stationery and I take what I write down on it seriously. The feel of ink on paper helps me make my vision a reality, which is why I always advocate written goals. As author Brian Tracy puts it, “People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.”
- Speed Goal Setting gives you a brief time window to select the goal. This makes your mind present the most urgent wish you want fulfilled. Whether you take an hour to deliberate over what you want or two minutes, you will most likely arrive at the same conclusion.
- Goal Setting helps you design your goal as specifically as possible. Whether they are my yearly ones or the short term ones I make for the week or the quarter, I make sure I have a specific target in mind. This quantifying of my goals helps me celebrate the small accomplishments on the way to the larger picture.
- Connecting with a larger picture of the future helps you stay on course. When you can see what your success should look like, you start scripting your life around it. And that, finally, is what the magic of Goal Setting is for me. At no point during the exercise, do I feel like it’s a task. In fact, it’s something I look forward to, because it reminds me that each time I take a positive step, I am getting closer to my goals.
So, instead of the 10 Year Challenge, I just take care of the yearly challenge of accomplishing the goal I set at the beginning of the year, If you want to go through a more detailed guide to my personal Goal Setting exercise, click here.