We’ve all been told - and likely re-told - the virtues of goal setting. If you’re like me, “goal setting” may feel akin to hugging a tree for a really long time while listening to Paul Simon. BUT, as a newly reformed goal-setter myself, I can say it is worth doing.
And, it’s not hard to start.
The problem with goal setting is that we (or me) can get caught up in the lofty, intense, super overwhelming act of setting detailed, complex, long term goals. I think long term goals make sense but a) should be done in less than 5 minutes (so you don’t give yourself the opening to overthink) and b) should be high-level, simple, and clean. No paragraphs.
If you don’t know where to start, I highly recommend Brian Scudamere’s advice to set 24 hour goals. The guy who built junk hauling into a zillion dollar business from the ground up knows a thing or two about taking over the world with your hopes and dreams (even if they are junk!).
But start small - as Brian says, “I use my iPhone notepad to jot down one goal (just one!) to accomplish in the next 24 hours. These intentions are always simple and attainable. For example, today it was “hit the gym”; other times it might have to do with how I eat.”
I started this and love it. Because it boils the scary world of goal setting into bite sized pieces.
In my book coming out in January, When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want (how’s that for a plug), I talk a lot about the often-overlooked set of necessary but kinda ugly steps needed to get what you want. No better way to chase these little things down than with digestible day-long goals.
My first 24 hour goal? Reach out, cold, to Brian to say thanks for the tip.
He responded an hour later. What a dude.
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