The only difference between a dream and a goal is that a goal has a deadline. You achieve your dreams by setting goals.
You set goals by constantly breaking those goals down into smaller and smaller doable and bite sized tasks that help you achieve the big goal.
The beauty of this exercise is that creates a visual road map and plan that guides you to setting goals and achieving your dreams.
First, brainstorm what you want out of life. What are your dreams? Who do you want to be? What do you want to do?
Take the next couple of minutes to brainstorm on a piece of paper what you want your future to look like. Once you have your list, categorize it based on when you want it to happen: 3 months from now, a year, 3 years, or lifetime. You can print this template to help you organize your thoughts.
For each time frame, circle ONE goal that would give most impact to your life. This will leave you with four main goals to work towards. In my example, the four goals are eat healthy (3 months), graduate (1 year), start a business (3 years), and have a family (lifetime). The key is to work on one goal at a time and focus all of your energy into that one to get it done the quickest and then move on to the others.
BREAK IT DOWN
Which of those four goals would have the most positive impact on your life at this very moment? Make that your “Goal Changer”. List all of the small steps you would need to take to reach that goal. For example if getting healthy was my goal changer then I would think about all of the things that would make me healthier: exercise, eating healthier, drinking water, getting enough sleep, taking vitamins etc. Organize your thoughts with this template.
Break those down even further with details. List how you’ll be exercising. Will you be running? Doing yoga? Who will you be doing it with? How often will you be doing it? When will you start? How much weight do you plan on losing? When do you plan on losing it by?
PLUG IT IN
Of your main tasks, which ones do you need to accomplish first. List them in chronological order and assign dates to them. Add those goals to your planner so you can keep track of accomplishing them and it will be easier to hold yourself accountable.
*Exercise adapted from the amazing Passion Planner that you can totally buy here to help you schedule your goals and put them into a weekly routine.