As most of you know, I work for lululemon, and we set goals. During Part I of this series, a Brian Tracy quote and Fitblog chat inspired me to share what got everything started – an Optimistic attitude.
“You can change your life, because you change the way you think.” – You can choose to think, respond & act optimistically – a characteristic of most “successful” people.
Writing my 1, 5, & 10 year Personal, Health & Career goals was a way of thinking about what’s important to me. What do I value? What am I “Best in the World” at? What is my Vision*?
Where do you start?
Brainstorm; think about what the core of your goals will be! For each of these exercises, give yourself ~45 seconds to answer. That forces you to think quickly and answer honestly, without giving anything too much thought. Write down:
5 things you Value the most (e.g. health, balance, etc).
Your Top 3 Goals in Life.
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but are afraid to try.
And, my favorite: When do you feel the most powerful? What gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment?**
When you write each goal, think about how it incorporates your values. Once you have a first draft of each (Personal, Health & Career) – think about whether or not it helps lead you to your Top 3 life goals. And when you’re feeling optimistic and adventurous, give yourself a chance to try that One thing.
**Last, but not least, you’ve chosen your “Genius”. Without knowing what this question would mean, I answered the following:
Running & Writing. Challenging myself & surpassing limits/expectations.
Your genius will show up in most, if not all, of your goals. I talked about this in Part I; my personal, health & career goals all intertwine. They all involve activity, challenges, writing, and using my values to be Best in the World at those things.
*Think 10 years from now, where will you be? This can be as specific or vague as you’d like. Writing this as though no one else will see it (though, clearly, you’re about to), this is what I see in 10 years:
I am passionate about my work, and have found success in a job that challenges & excites me every day. We are financially stable, supporting a family with the means to travel, explore, be active & frequently see friends and family. I have a balance between relationships, health & fitness, adventure, writing & work. I find time every day to do something for myself, and for my family.
What’s your genius? How will that make you Best in the World in your Career, with your Health, and as you tackle Personal goals?