The Arch Way: Goal Setting
“You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate!” Life has so many amazing lessons but they all start with a plan. Everything around you was someone’s dream so let’s convert your dreams into goals with deadlines! Immerse yourself with good books, good habits and good company! Create “bubbles” or focus areas for your life (career goals, personal goals, financial goals, fitness goals, dream goals etc…). Focus on SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time bound).
PRO TIP: 2019GoalMapping
Divide up a piece of paper into four quadrants and write your 4 bubbles (professional, personal, health and financial). Update these goals constantly and keep ‘checklists’, ‘spreadsheets’, ‘notes’ to push yourself each day in these focus bubbles.
DISCOVERY: Here are 10 self-discovery tips to map out your life and get what you want!
1. LEAD – what type of a leader are you? how do you manage others?
2. PLAN – how do you get things done? how do you set goals and priorities?
3. COMMUNICATE – how do you communicate with others? what is your style?
4. BRAND – how you define yourself? how do others see you?
5. MARKET – how do you promote your self? how do you share your story?
6. NETWORK – how do you connect with others? what is your elevator pitch?
7. NEGOTIATE – how do you get what you want? how do you measure your worth?
8. MENTOR – how do you help others? who are your role models?
9. KNOWLEDGE – how do you learn more? what are your areas of expertise?
10. SERVICE – how do you give back to others? What causes are close to your heart?
“When we lead with love we strive to be better!”
PRO TIP: Personality Test
From Myers Briggs to True Colors, there are many personality tests that define your traits. It’s important to know who you are, who you want to become, and how others perceive you. You have to think of yourself as your own CEO and run your day-to-day operations to align with your purpose. But in order to do that, you have to first know who you are, what your goals are, what your brand is and what is your purpose (what makes you get out of bed).
GOAL SETTING AND MANIFESTATION
Each new week, month and year brings a fresh perspective. Instead of just new year’s resolutions, try to set a word-of-the-year. Relate your thoughts each day with how you can aspire, inspire and perspire with that intention.
For 2021, I’ve set my WORD-OF-THE-YEAR as HOPE!
There is something so inspiring about another chance to get it right. It’s a way to grow, learn and achieve that goal or dream. Every day is a new start to a new destination bursting with hope and excitement!”
When you write your goals down, whether it is your yearly targets or personal checklists, it’s important to be clear, concise and specific. For daily tasks, write it on post-its and stick it in front of your desk or write it down with pen and paper or on your phone’s notes app.
When it comes to long term goals, just start writing down everything you want to do and make a list. But be specific and then categorize the list with your top 5 goals and group them by personal, professional, fitness and finance! The key to goal setting is to write the desired outcome in a tangible way. Instead of saying “I want to lose weight this year,” rephrase that with a positive affirmation: “I will work out 30 minutes daily and lose 3 pounds a month.” Instead of saying “I will write a book this quarter,” rephrase that with a positive affirmation: “I will write 1000 words a week or 1 chapter a month.”
We all love to dream and imagine how life would be if we had all the time, money, power, fame etc… But what sets some of us apart is channeling those dreams into realities. Whether it’s owning your dream house, or taking a yearly vacation, or writing a best seller. Collect your goals, thoughts, and inspirational messages and place it on a vision board!
- What is your intention?
- What is your time frame to achieve this intention?
- What do you want to attract in your life in this window?
- What are your core vision categories (health, wealth, personal, professional, travel, spirituality, relationships)
- What makes you feel excited, motivated, inspired (pictures, quotes, photos)?
- How do you want to feel when you accomplish this goal?
PRO TIP: Create a “VISION BOARD” party with your friends or family to map out your future! There are many ways to design one — one for daily tasks, one for the next 5 years, etc…. You can cut pictures from your favorite magazines, print motivational messages, and create separate categories (relationships, finance, fitness, travel, career, personal/creative) etc… You can use a foam board, a bulletin board, a poster board and also leave blank spaces to fill in those areas! The key is to visualize your future vision and place your board so you can see it daily!
DAILY CHECKLIST: 10 THINGS TO-DO EVERYDAY
Here are 10 things that require ZERO talent!
- Be on time
- Be positive
- Be teachable
- Be prepared
- Be hard working
- Be energetic
- Be kind
- Be passionate
- Have good body language
- Have a strong work ethic
WORK LIFE BALANCE
Here are 5 ways to achieve work-life balance!
- CREATE (create to do lists, schedule appointments)
- ELIMINATE (remove junk, messy spaces, unwanted emails)
- AUTOMATE (accelerate routine tasks through autopilot or schedule reminders)
- DELEGATE (assign other people tasks to divide the work load)
- CELEBRATE (note your wins for the day and week)
PRO TIP: Companies conduct a ‘SWOT’ analysis every six months: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats. You should always look at yourself as the CEO of your own company. Divide a piece of paper into 4 quadrants or columns and write down your strengths (what you do well, your skills, unique talents), your weaknesses (what you lack, how you could improve), your opportunities (new training, new skills) and your threats (what your competitors have, negative qualities). Your strengths (internal) and opportunities (external) should be helpful to making you succeed. Your weaknesses (internal) and threats (external) should make you cautious as they can be harmful.
SELF DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Pick and choose 25 of these and put them on a post-it board so that these “goals” become daily habits! You may relate to some more than others but once you put pen to paper, you will be surprised at the results!