Today we’ll be going over the process of choosing your goals. This is where the fun starts. Choosing your goals does not have to be overwhelming. We have a plan. This is going to be fun. I promise!
Step 1 – Mind Dump for Choosing Your Goals
The first tool you can use in choosing your goals is a mind dump. Have a quiet time free of distractions where you can reflect on your life. Take out your notebook and pen and just start writing. Have a bit of a mind dump. Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- What changes do you want to make?
- What is in or missing from your life that is making you unhappy, or just apathetic?
- What causes you excessive stress?
- Where are you at right now?
- Where do you want to be?
- List all the things you’ve always wanted to do.
- What were your dreams as a child?
- What talents did you have that you didn’t cultivate?
- What regrets do you have?
- What are some things that if you never did them would lead to regrets. (That was my motto for my goals this last year. No regrets!)
Read through your mind dump. You should have some pretty good ideas for the goals you want to set.
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Step 2 – Mind Maps for Choosing Your Goals
The second tool you can use in choosing your goals is a mind map. Making a mind map will help you organize your goals and give you a visual picture of all your goals in one place. It will also help you to see areas of your life you may have missed or didn’t even think about setting goals in.
In the mind map below there are 8 different areas of your life to write down your goal ideas. These are just some areas of your life to think about while making your goals. It is not necessary to have a goal in every area. There may also be areas of your life not on here that you would like to add.
Choose which categories work for you and make your mind map. Make sure to list 3-5 goals in each area. Some questions you can ask yourself for each area of your life:
- What do I want to accomplish?
- What do I want to learn?
- What skills do I want to acquire?
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Don’t forget to make sure your goals are SMARTER goals which we went over in Setting Goals Part 2.
Step 3 – Goal Ideas for Choosing Your Goals
If you need more ideas for choosing your goals, I have listed some below that may help.
Promotions, start a business, get a job, change careers, online classes/courses, continued education classes, degrees, certificates, self-education, learn a new skill, find or become a mentor, build your network, time management, public speaking skills, improve communication skills, improve productivity, learn a language…
Savings, ask for a raise, talk to your partner about your finances, retirement, getting out of debt, track your expenses, invest, emergency fund, create multiple income streams, create a will, raise your credit score, down payment on a house, create a budget, pay off your house/car, college funds for children, giving, stop using credit cards…
Read the Bible or other spiritual book, memorize scripture, attend a church, pray, start/join a study group, find a spiritual mentor, learn meditation, learn yoga, attend a retreat, visit a holy site, begin a journal, spend time in nature, stop judging others…
Spending time with friends and family, call someone, send someone a card or letter, date nights, show appreciation, dinner together, limit screen time, cook together, exercise together, tell someone you love them, cultivate new relationships…
Eating, exercise, supplements, wake up earlier, get more sleep, drink more water, join a gym, create menu plans, eat organic, no soda, no fast food, no sugar…
Crafts, learn how to do something new, create a bullet journal, take a class, hiking, fishing, writing, gardening, travel, painting, drawing, book club, photography, dancing…
Donate your time or money, give thanks, sponsor a child/family, create a foundation, fund a cause, gratitude journal…
Change/work on a behavior, change/work on how you think and react, See a counselor/therapist, stop swearing, stop yelling, alone time, quiet time, meditation, read self-help books, journaling…
You now have your mind dump and category mind map completed!
Next week in part 4 of the Goal Planning Series, we will take each of your goals and define them. We will break them down into smaller actionable goals that can be accomplished quarterly, monthly, weekly, or even daily depending on the goals you’ve chosen.
This simplifies your goals and gives you a plan to complete them. Defining your goals will also give you the ability to evaluate them along the way. This will make it much easier to complete your goals.