Last week I wrote a blog about the importance of completing an Annual Review and how this Annual Review can serve as the fertilizer for selecting pertinent goals. If you missed it or need a quick revisit, you can check it out here.
For some of you, a goal might have instantly emerged as a result of reflecting on your Annual Review notes. However, for others, it’s not as obvious.
Kind of like those “Magic Eye” books that no matter how long you stared at the fancy art and relaxed your eyes, you could not, for the life of you, see that 3D sail boat.
For you out there that may be unable to “see the sailboat” right now, this blog is for you. For those of you that saw the sail boat instantly, I still think you will get something from this blog as it may spur some inspiration for future goals.
So you ready? Relax your eyes, let’s find that sail boat.
We Have Options
When it comes to goal selection, we have a few options.
These options can help narrow our focus and make determinations about which pursuit is worth pursuing.
As we roll through these three options, I will also encourage you to consider how each could apply to your personal and professional lives.
Some of us out there might want to work on something personal to us, others might be in a different space and want to emphasize our professional or business self.
Regardless, these three options can apply.
Let’s take a look.
Option 1: Domino Goal.
A domino goal is one that when you complete it, it tends to knock down other positive things in your life. For instance, when I exercise in the morning, then I tend to write a blog. I'm reaching out to friends more. I'm eating healthier. All because of that initial domino behavior of exercise. It knocks down these other positive behaviors that I want to engage in. So if you're kind of stuck and not really sure which goal to focus on, or which area of focus to focus on, maybe there's an opportunity to focus on a domino goal.
Examples of Personal Domino goals:
Examples of Professional Domino goals:
Option 2: BBB Goal.
A BBB goal (Biggest Bang for your Buck) is a goal that is going to have the greatest overall positive influence for you. For instance, maybe you’re considering going back to school. That singular goal might impact your feelings of passion and accomplishment. It might also help your occupational reality, which might also help your financial reality. So that singular focus of going back to school has a lot of bang for the buck and devoting time in that area is going to have a lot of ripple effects into other areas of your life.
Examples of Personal BBB goals:
Examples of Professional BBB goals:
Option 3: Gravestone Goal.
The gravestone goal is the one that you would complete if you knew that you had just one year live. What goal would you pursue? The focus of this goal is that it highlights a very important area of focus of your life. For instance, maybe you would hate dying knowing that you never sang a song in public or went scuba off a tropical beach. Though it may sound morbid, that's the type of feel that we want with the gravestone goal.
Examples of Personal Gravestone goals:
Examples of Professional Gravestone goals:
A quick note, depending on your perception of these goals, there can be considerable overlap between these goal options. In other words, a Domino Goal, could also be viewed as a BBB goal, and vice versa. And actually, if that happens, it’s probably a good thing because you know that pursuing that goal will offer substantial value to your life.
Let’s put it into action - fill in the Goal Matrix.
Take a moment and fill out the below Goal Matrix. Gently “force" yourself to fill in each box.
You won’t have to complete all of them but hopefully one of the six will either be recurring or stand out the most. When you see it. Circle it. And when you circle it, work on doing it.
In the next blog we will discuss how to make that goal SMART and fail proof.
In closing, not all goals are created equal and some goals have greater pertinence, relevance, importance, and timeliness than other goals.
And obviously, it is a bias of mine that we should spend some time in the growth or pursuit of something, however that doesn’t ALWAYS have to be the case. You might be in a position or at a chapter in your life when you just want to ride the wave you’re on and coast a little bit. That’s cool. No problem there. However, if you are looking for a goal to pursue, hopefully these options gave you some focus.
Do you see the sail boat?
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