Choose a life category (health, wealth, relationships) to focus on and rank where you currently are on a scale from one to ten. As Peter Drucker said, you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Giving your life a current score will provide a benchmark to improve on.
Next, describe what a ten would look like in the chosen life category. The outcome is to paint a clear picture of the gap between your current life and your ultimate vision for success.
Your next step is to set a SMART goal that can be achieved within twelve months. If what you described as a ten out of ten is achievable within twelve months, follow the checklist below to convert your vision into a SMART goal.
SMART stands for:
If your ultimate vision needs more time, best practices are to choose two points ahead of your current score to set a SMART goal. For example: if your current score is a four, we recommend setting a goal for what a six would look like. With that said, setting a goal two points ahead is a generalization. If you’re an overachiever, don’t limit yourself to only two points!
For more information on setting goals, check out our SMART goal setting article.
Your final step is to decide where the goal ranks based on your level of achievement and fulfillment. You want to think of this step as aligning the logical (achievement) and emotional (fulfillment) sides of your brain to the goal.
While ranking achievement is more common practice, Merriam Webster defines fulfillment as follows:
Both definitions mention words related to feelings (desire, satisfaction, and happiness). When ranking fulfillment, total emotional congruency with your goal is what you are looking for.
If either score is not higher than your current score, chances are the goal is not something you are logically and emotionally aligned with and you may want to think about re-wording your goal or setting a new one entirely. If each score is more than your current life category score, congratulations – you’re done!
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