Kamis, 22 April 2010

Conceive Your Plot

Simply knowing what the seven areas of life are is not enough to live happily ever after. We have to decide what we really want in each of the seven categories, and then we have to create goals around those decisions. Think of each individual goal as a plot point in the storyline of your life. It's a stepping-stone with a simple timeline to follow.

I'm going to list the seven categories again, but now they are accompanied by questions. The answers to these questions will help you in your effort to get crystal clear about your deepest heart's desires.

1. Finances - Exactly how much money to do you want to earn (actively and passively) each month? How much do you want to invest in real estate, investments and other appreciating equities? How much money do you want to put into a savings account? What are the debt amounts you want to pay off?

2. Business - What businesses do you want to create or be involved in? What do you really want to be doing every day of your life (career wise)? Who do you want to work with?

3. Personal - What material things do you want to buy for yourself? What skills (dancing, playing a musical instrument, learning to swim, etc.) do you want to master? What countries or famous places do you want to visit? Where do you want to go on your yearly, monthly, vacations and what do you want to do?

4. Health and Fitness - Does your body look exactly the way you want it to? If you could have the physique you wanted, what would you look like? What exercise have you always wanted to try, but never have? Are you satisfied with your current eating habits, or would you like to eat healthier? Which religion or spiritual practices would you like to study? How would that practice enhance your spiritual life? What mental habits do you need to work on? Do you need to develop a better mental attitude?

5. Fun - What activities do you love to engage in? What activity makes you feel like a kid again? Is there something you enjoy doing, but don't make time to do? Is there something you've always wanted to try but were afraid to? Are there things you loved to do as a child, and still love to do, but don't do anymore because of how others might view you?

6. Relationships - With whom do you want to spend more time with at home? At work? Who needs you to spend more time with them? At home? At work? Who do you NEED to spend more time with, as in a mentor or spiritual guide?

7. Contribution - What charity or community project do you want to contribute to? Do you want to give your money? Your time? Do you possess talents that could benefit that charity of project? Can you create or invent a self-perpetuating charity like Paul Newman did with Newman's own? (Check out his story at www.newmansown.com.) Create a cause and your heart will absolutely sing, I guarantee it.

The answers to these questions will help you to set goals in each of the seven categories. I want you to try to come up with as many goals as possible in each area. You don't have to have the same number of goals in each category, but you need to have at least one in each of them!

Once you have your list of goals beside each category, give them a time line. Write one, three, five or ten years beside each of the goals.

Got that?

Now, re-list each goal under these new headings: One, Three, Five and Ten. Then you can prioritize your goals according to the time frame. How easy is that?

For example, let's say my top four goals for this year are to learn to tango, start a furniture business, devote one evening a week to spend with my wife, and buy a new home. First, I would decide which of these goals are the most important to me (this is often charted on what I call a tournament chart: Just like the best in eight in tennis playoffs, you play your goals against each other. Find the “driver” goal and, when you attain that, you'll get all the rest.

Let's go back to those four goals:

1. learn to tango

2. devote one evening a week to spend with my wife

Hey, I can do both of these things at once (imagine that!), so I'll ask my wife to take tango lessons with me. That was easy. My goal is to spend one evening a week taking tango lessons with my wife.

Now, I need to decide which of these two goals is the most important to me:

3. start a furniture business

4. buy a new home

There is a businessman who is interested in starting the furniture business with me, but he's not available until the end of the year. My family really wants to move into a new home and so do I. So, I'll make buying a new home the first priority.

Out of those two winners I need to choose which goal should be precedent in my mind. This doesn't mean that only one goal can be achieved at a time or that all the other goals just go away. By focusing primarily on a single goal, you'll find that you start shakin', rattlin' and rollin' at a much faster clip through ALL your goal lists!

OK, back to my example above: Tango one evening a week with my wife or buy a new home. This is easy - I'll sign up for tango lessons! Once I do that I can move onto my next goal, which is to begin to look for a new home to purchase.

Once these goals are completed I will move to the next round of winning goals. I just keep repeating the same process. I always have a completely prioritized chart of what I want to accomplish, working backwards to less high-priority goals I still want to accomplish in this first year of taking massive action.

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