One of the most effective ways to set long term goals is using a ‘Be, Do, Have’ list. In short, you write down all the things you want to be, all the things you want to do in life and all the things you want to have (both material and non-material). Then you come up with steps to achieve these goals. Here is some food for thought to help you write the list:
- What sort of person do you want to be seen as by others?
- What sort of role do you want to play in others’ lives?
- If you aren’t happy in your career, what do you want to be?
- What sort of emotions do you want to feel more often?
- What sort of habits do you want to adopt or establish?
- What do you want to do to earn money?
- What sort of hobbies do you enjoy or want to cultivate?
- Where do you want to go?
- What haven’t you done yet that is important to you?
- Is there anything you want to buy that you don’t yet have?
- What sort of relationships would you like to have?
- How do you picture your ideal day? What would it contain?
- Do you want to have more time? More money? More love? More forgiveness? More sleep? More patience?
Once you have written your list, write down one task you can do this week or this month to help you to get a little closer to that goal. Review your goals weekly and tick off tasks you have achieved and set another task that takes you another step closer to your goal. Pin your list up somewhere where you see it everyday and read it morning and evening. The more you see it, the more you will subconsciously and consciously try to make your life go in the direction you want it to go!
Look out for my next article on this topic – on tackling tricky goals!