As a life and success coach, I love to work with clients on their personal development goals. Building up the self, in a really customized and individual way is truly powerful.
Personal developments goals can be used as a key to evolution. Where we can achieve even greater satisfaction, and serve a greater good by what we become.
Without goals, life can be like a rudderless ship getting dragged about by currents.
I've discovered a few keys I want to share with you.
1. Ask yourself this powerful question
What area of my life has the potential to have the greatest positive impact on all other areas of my life?
This is a focusing question, and I want you to spend some time with it. I want you to think about it in terms of life satisfaction
We are going to build a personal development goal around this area.
For example: You might think of some broad categories like money, career, relationships, family, intimacy, artistic expression.
Whatever works for you.
Now, if you were able to increase your satisfaction in just one of these areas - which one would have the most impact on the other areas of your life.
Maybe I set a goal around my career. Maybe I'm currently dissatisfied with my job. I know if I switch careers it will make me happier. That might impact my relationships, I'll make more money, and it will be better for my family.
2. Now ask this powerful question
What could I achieve in the next 6 months that would have the greatest impact on satisfaction in this area?
If you're not comfortable with a 6 month timeframe, you could go with 3. I wouldn't project too much farther than 6 months though.
OK - given your lifes, family, etc., what is a reasonable but powerful thing you could work towards in 6 months.
This is where you want to be specific, measurable, and achievable. "I will get a lot more money." Is not specific enough. "I will identify, apply for, and land a new satisfying job." is is moving in the right direction.
3. Now lets zoom in
We're going to ask ourselves another personal goal setting question:
Why is this important?
Why is this goal important to you? What would accomplishing it mean to you?
Answering this question will help you stay committed to the goal.
Now it's time for planning. One way to plan is to work backwards, from 6 months back.
What would I be doing right before I got this goal?
In the case of the new career the answer might be, "interviewing successfully."
Work back from there to today.
You may also get a sense of areas that need work. If you aren't great at interviewing, for example, maybe you'd seek some help or practice.
Now that you've got your goal and you've got your basic plan, execute.
Take action immediately - don't lose momentum.
Here's a post I wrote on how to get started and crush your goals. It's a great way to start.
If you feel like you'd like help with your goals, there's no greater tool than working with a coach. Click here to find out more.