This is the eighth installment in my Goal Setting series. In this article we will demonstrate the model set forth in the first episode for Social 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.
We are each social creatures – often in our own unique ways – but sometimes we allow our networks to unravel or too much time to elapse between contacts with folks of which we are fond. Having a schedule or pattern for maintaining contact will prove enriching over time.
While these examples borrow from my own goals, these are genericized for demonstration purposes.
Man in Full – Success personified in this category resembles:
· Long list of contacts and robust network
· Demonstrated actions of friendship
· Mentor of may
5 Year Goals – Over this timeframe I will make the following strides towards actualizing my vision
· Large and growing network
· Mentor of few
1 Year Goals – This year I will make the following strides towards success
· Define plan for maintaining network
· Add 18 names to network
· Read Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends & Influence People
1 Month Goals – Monthly activity schedules may resemble
· Random outreach to 1 network member per week
· Send holiday greeting to friends and contacts (December)
Today – I will do something today that bends my behavior towards my vision
· Update Contact List
· Introduce myself to someone new
· Reach out to someone
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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