This is the fifth installment in my Goal Setting series. In this article we will demonstrate the model set forth in the first episode for Personal Development Goals.
As a recap: You will recall that I am a firm believer in establishing goals across 8 unique facets of my life – Spiritual, Financial, Career, Personal Development, Physical, Family, Social, and Household. I name my approach after a 1998 Tom Wolfe novel, a Man in Full – because I like the imagery evoked by the title.
In all the hustle of our daily lives, sometimes we need to take a time out to do something that refreshes and renews us. Sometimes these are minor and whimsical escapes and at other times they require more planning and forethought. If we build this pursuit our life plan we will be better for it in the end.
While these examples borrow from my own goals, these are genericized for demonstration purposes.
Man in Full – Success personified in this category resembles:
· Enriched by Adventure
· Possessed of Knowledge and Wisdom
· Confident in the face of any Challenge
5 Year Goals – Over this timeframe I will make the following strides towards actualizing my vision
· Read 50 books (of all sorts)
· Be Published
· Parachute – literally, jump from a plane!
1 Year Goals – This year I will make the following strides towards success
· Establish an early riser habit
· Read 4 books for the pure joy of it
· Take a speeding read course
1 Month Goals – Monthly activity schedules may resemble
· Complete a Personal Fulfillment book – March, June, September, December
· Gradually wake up earlier and earlier each month
· Identify 100 things to see/do in this lifetime – identify ~8-10 each month
Today – I will do something today that bends my behavior towards my vision
· Wake up early
· Clear personal To-Do file
· Read something
Just as Rome was not built in day and the longest journey begins with a single step, the power in this model is in how it causes us to consider our end product each day. In this way we do not simply arrive at our destination as much as we invent habits and patterns that over time reveal our vision through us.
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