Extreme Goal Setting
May 29, 2012
One of the things I have always enjoyed as a hobby is watching and investing in the real estate market. Being a real estate investor, everything you look for return (for example, on a rental property) is against a very long term, like 15 or 30 years or more. It's all about depreciation, amortization tables, etc. You are constantly looking ahead and projecting where you will end up many years from today given the use of the property.
Recently, while keeping this real estate investment model in mind, I sat down and thought why can't we apply this same idea to life goal-setting? This takes LIFE goal setting to a whole new level. I'll call it EXTREME GOAL SETTING. It was fun, challenging and exciting all at once, and I highly recommend it for you to help harness your future success! You don't have to be a real estate investor, or an investor at all; this is a similar model for your LIFE.
IT'S ALL ON PAPER
Literally, it is as easy as graphing it all out and getting your future down on paper. What you will end up with is a complete and total road map to your remaining life. Talk about long term! Start out with several sheets of blank paper. Go down the left hand columns of each page, writing your birth date this year starting on the upper left hand corner of the first sheet. Then skip every two or three lines, and write next years date, so on and so on. Until all the pages are dated with your birthdays for the next 30, 40, 50 years whatever you choose.
Do this for as many years as you would like to see for your future. I picked year 100 as my last year on the paper. However, when I get to age 80 or 85 feeling great, and want to do more, I will simply re-up the years ahead and go for the big 100 with updated goals and challenges. The younger you are, the more pages you will have!
BUILD YOUR DIFFERENT SECTIONS
Now that your future birthdays are all written down on the left hand column of your pages, add the AGE that you will be right after each birthday. So you have several pages with dates and your age down the left hand side of the pages. You are looking at the remainder of your life on paper.
Now we can begin layering in additional things and goals you will achieve along the way. Now that we have the WHEN completed on the paper, we can now start to plan out your life. At each one of those years, write in WHERE you would love to be, WHAT you would love to be doing, and WHO you would love to be doing it with.
Add in a section about Career, Life Partners, Family, Financials (my favorite sections), Staying Healthy and how you plan to do that, bucket list items you want to achieve and on what dates and age you want to achieve them, and so on. The sections you explain will be as varied as all of life's changes through your remaining years.
Plan graduations, Family members' big-life events, job changes, title changes, location changes, vacations you will take, insurance policies, assets, liabilities and things you want to see and discover in the years you have left.
PLAN YOUR WORK, WORK YOUR PLAN
Once completed, you will have a most fabulous lifelong document. I have mine now, and look at it every day, especially the next couple of years out to really burn those into my subconscious. I can always add or change things, but the good part is that the basic STARTING document is in front of me, and there is much life to live, and the achievements in life are just beginning, the best is ahead of us!
Life always throws curveballs at us; that's the best part. Sure you will always be some degree OFF your plan, but that's what course correction is all about. Just look back at your life plan, and re-correct back on course.
Remember: No matter what, your life plan still stands as a road map to where you want to be, what you want to be doing, who you want to be doing it with, and when you want to be there. Start looking at your plan every day and looking ahead for the next few years, so that your subconscious mind can absorb what it is reading and seeing, so it can go to work to make it happen for you. Adjust it and add or subtract things as you go along.
Enjoy the mental exercise; it can help you live a fabulous and achievement-friendly life filled with success.