It’s Monday morning again, but it feels different from other Mondays. While she was brushing her teeth, she looked deep into the mirror and saw a familiar face, but this time with a big smile and shining eyes. Even though the rest of the family was sleeping, she filled her lungs with air and screamed out loud YES! I CAN HAVE FUN ON MONDAYS AGAIN!
Did she win the lottery? Did she reach her life goals? The answer is no, but she found a treasure in her interior backyard. She found the reason to wake up every day with a smile, full of energy and power to conquer the world. She defined a purpose for her life.
Now that she knows her destination, where all her desires and wants should land, the next step is to create a solid plan to build the dashboard to control the journey.
Step 3 – Create a Solid Plan
Yogi Berra, the famous baseball player and the most quoted figure in the sports world said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, chances are you will end up somewhere else.”
Would you drive from Miami to California without a roadmap? Would you go to the supermarket to buy groceries without a pre-defined list of what you need? Would you take two weeks vacation without any previous planning? Of course not. You don’t want to lose a second of your precious time. You want to get to California as soon as possible, taking the shortest way and the best roads. You want to buy just what you need from the supermarket, and you want to enjoy every single moment of your vacation with your family and friends. The question is: do you have a solid plan for the rest of your life?
The following 5 steps will help you create a solid plan, but first you have to be sure you have defined your ultimate goal, your purpose in life and have explored your full potential. (Refer to Step 1 and Step 2 of “5 Steps to Make Mondays Fun Again.”)
1. Analyze and develop goals in the main areas of your life.
Setting goals in the main areas of life will ensure a more balanced life, creating a high energy environment where your thoughts and desires are in alignment with your purpose.
The areas to be analyzed are:
- Family and Home
- Finance and Career
- Spiritual and Ethical Growth
- Health Matters
- Social and Cultural Expansion
- Mental and Educational Improvement
2. Make sure the goals you are setting are important to YOU, not just to the world around you.
Motivation comes from within. In order to take real and strong action toward each goal, there should be a strong benefit to YOU if you achieve it and strong consequences if you don’t.
When setting goals, it is very important to remember that your goals must be consistent with your values.
3. Be a YES person with your goals.
Thinking positively in everyday life will also help in your growth as a human being. Don’t limit it to goal-setting. Your positive thinking about achieving your goals will create the feeling you already have what you want. If we leave it to your subconscious mind, probably your past behaviors will take charge and will create obstacles such as fear or doubts.
4. Your goal should be low enough to be reached and high enough to be a challenge.
You can’t buy a $1,000,000 house if your income goal is only $50,000 per year. This type of thinking will create frustration and imbalance in your life. Goals should be realistic and attainable, but on the other hand, should be high enough to be a challenge.
5. Believe in the power of writing (typing sometimes is also acceptable).
“You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you’ve got something to say.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
When you write your goal, be as specific as possible. Create the details of what you want, include dates, time of the day, where you will be. Visualize your written testimonial, and feel it as if you were already there. If you can feel it, you will keep it in your subconscious mind until you get it.
Remember, the more focused you are on your goals, the more likely you are to accomplish them.
Once you have created a solid and balanced plan for your life, you are ready for the next rung of the ladder toward having fun on Mondays again. Stay tuned for our next edition of “Room For Improvement” when you will learn how to “Develop the Right Attitude” and find more tips and suggestions on how to accelerate the performance of your business and your career faster and with less effort.
As an Executive Coach, I help individuals and organizations develop better attitudes more rapidly and produce more satisfying results. I work with my clients in all areas, including business, career, finances, time management, productivity, employee motivation, and relationships. As a result of coaching, clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strengths.
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Abraham Lincoln