Photo: Sherwin Ulep
In this series we’ve covered how to set goals and why you should set them. Where do you go from here? How do you know what goals to set? How do you even know what you even want?
This is where we get to pretend we’re in Disney’s movie Aladdin, and we get to have Genie as our own personal scoffer. You’ve just gotten out of the Cave of Wonders, and Carpet lands in the desert. You get a minute to look around, and you glance over at at Genie, you get your thoughts together, and you tell Genie, “You know, I kind of know what I want, but I’m embarrassed to tell you what I really want. I’m afraid of what other people will think of me.”
Genie tells you, “Well kiddo, Do you want the best things in your life? You better let me know what you really want because that’s the only thing holding you back. What I want you to do is to write down all of the things you want and all of the things you want to do for the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter what other people think because it’s your life, and it’s up to you to live it the way you wan to. I only have one rule. You have to write out all the things you might want in your life 3 minutes or less.”
He sets a timer and you start writing anything that comes to mind. As you begin to write Genie keeps telling you “Not enough, Still not enough! Think bigger!” Keep going until your time limit is up. (if this reference doesn’t make sense to you, go watch it on Netflix.)
Now go do it. Really, set a timer for 3 minutes and write down as many things as you want in life, the goals you want to achieve, the places you want to go, and even the things you wan to eat. After time is up you may have a long list or a small list. It doesn’t matter how long your list is, just as long as you have things on there that will excite you to get up out of bed to achieve. You won’t have to achieve everything the list and that’s alright. The exercise is for you to get out of your own way, and to let go of all of the thoughts that have been holding you back in your life.
A few of my goals
- Have a positive net worth by December 2016
- Find a blog / business mentor
- Set 1-2 hour a night to creatively write and read between 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM
- Go to Crossfit Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- Become more educated on stocks by reading at least 1 new book a month
- Have over $100,000 in investments and cash in 5 years. (Crazy at this point in time because i’m about $40,000 debt)
The goals follow the SMART criteria. Just as quick recap they are
I’ll go over breaking down your goals into specific categories and how to take action in the next post. See you then.