In preparation for our six week transformation contest, I recently did an goal setting workshop with my bootcampers. It was a time to step back, gain some focus and clarity, and get clear on what’s really important. Here are some of the questions we brainstormed on as well as a few of my own personal answers as examples to give you some ideas. If you take the time to ponder and write out thoughtful answers to these questions, you will be that much closer to setting yourself up for success….
1. What did I accomplish in 2011?
- created a solid foundation for my business, incorporated, found a bookkeeper/cpa/attorney
- found mentors who can help me achieve my goals faster and overcome hurdles
- hired an assistant, hired a trainer, added new class times (my biz grew!)
- refined and clarified my current vision
- learned to enjoy my coffee black
- increased my strength and agility
- donated generously to my church and other worthy non-profits
2. What were my biggest disappointments in 2011?
- not getting adequate sleep, rest, and recovery
- feeling too stressed too often
- not playing enough
- failing to commit, religiously, to daily time in prayer and in the Word
- procrastinating on things i know i need to get done, not effectively managing my time when i am working
3. What did I learn in 2011? What were the causes of my success and why was I able to accomplish what I did?
- everything i accomplished is, first and foremost, a blessing from God
- the habits of getting outside of my comfort zone, learning and pursuing knowledge, seeking out mentors and those who have done what i want to do, being persistent, not giving up, fighting the tendency to procrastinate, and a commitment to providing extraordinary value have all contributed to my success
- hiring good people who i respect and admire!
4. What could I have done differently to avoid the regrets and disappointments from the past year?
- more discipline in every arena of my life. discipline to establish and commit to a routine, discipline to manage my time, discipline to eat what is good and nourishing for my body, discipline to get enough sleep, discipline to stay off of facebook, discipline to spend time daily in the word, discipline not to put off the tasks that seem difficult, but to do them first instead
- form the habit of writing down the three things that i WILL accomplish come hell or high water the following day and ALWAYS do these three things first
- go to bed by 9 pm/wake up at 5 am no matter what
5. What are my top three lessons from 2011 and how do I apply them for change in 2012?
- when i take action and fight procrastination, i make massive progress. i MUST get into and maintain the habit of having 3 to-dos mapped out before I go to bed and i MUST tackle them first thing in my day.
- wasting time on FB. implement a rule that i cannot get on FB until i’ve accomplished my top 3 priorities for the day and i have a 25 min limit per day. stop keeping the FB window open so that i see every time there are new messages.
We also worked on some questions that were specific to the challenge. These are very helpful to think through in order to get crystal clear on how to really hone in on achieving a short term goal, be it in regards to your body composition or another area of your life.
- What is overall goal for the six weeks (remember, BE SPECIFIC!)
- What do you need to achieve each week in order to be on track?
- What are the daily action steps that will produce the results that you want?
- Who can hold you accountable?
- What is your #1 biggest challenge or limiting factor that might prevent you from success and how do you plan to overcome it?