You know, there seems to be this belief that goal setting and journaling is a habit of pretty much every successful person, ever. Journals serve many functions. Would you like to have a bitch session without anyone having to hear it? Sounds like something I could have used in the past. Would you like to record all of your wins every day? Don’t forget how hard these can be to remember when we are in stress. Would you like to summarise or mind map the big ideas that you stumbled upon today? How easy these can be to forget. How about being able to read over your journals and become aware of recurring issues you have, before you go around that loop again, and again, and again?
As part of your journaling, it is also vital to set goals, regularly. I want to share two types of goal setting I have done in the last month. One is long-term goal setting (12 – 24 years) and the other is short-term goal setting (this week).
Goal Setting: Weekly Goals:
Here is a photo of my diary entry I do every Sunday, where I map out what needs to be done this week. I split the sections up into business goals, marketing goals, productivity goals, and family goals. I usually get around 80% of what I write finished by the end of the week, and the rest spills over to the next week. Warning: handwriting is bad! I also covered up the family goals.
Long Term Mission Statement: Here is my mission statement I have written for my business, Exceptional Finance. I read over it regularly, particularly on days like today, when I feel exhausted and unfocused. Sometimes it helps to remember why we are on our mission in the first place.
Goal Setting: What do you really want?
A multimillion dollar business that has grown rapidly, through being of incredible value and service to my clients. I do this by looking after them, protecting their interests without exception, and giving them the absolute best solutions. A business that allows me to generate wealth for my children to have the life they deserve. A business that allows me to exit in 12 years with 25 million dollars for my next project: contributing again on an even greater level by beginning an investment trust that will reinvest its dividends into projects presented to my team by people in the third world who have ways to make themselves and those around them thrive. Whether it be a young mother in Africa who wants a herd of goats to shepherd for her family, or a young tech startup in India who has found organizational solutions to offer to millions. I will be able to fund it from investment dividends, and that trust will be able to continue funding these investments in perpetuity after I have drawn my last breath.
Here is the original mission statement draft. This time I used the computer instead of pen and paper. It is commonly believed that pen and paper facilitates better memory retention. So you might want to keep that in mind.
What do you think? Reading over it now I no longer feel tired and disconnected. My mission statement is a big enough reason to come to work and do my best to rock it day after day. What about your mission? What is your mission? I’d love to hear it, they are very inspiring. If you don’t have one, do you think that having one might get you out of that day in/day out lack of energy and disconnection you might be feeling? Talk to me, I’m happy to help.
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Image: Long Drive by Nicholas A. Tonelli