Where am I going?
It's a simple question with a difficult answer, but it might be the most important question you can ask yourself. Really ask yourself this question and try to come up with at least one answer in the big areas of your life: career, personal, health. Answers can be something like "I want to lose weight" or "I want a promotion". But how does something as vague as that help us improve over time?
Let's talk about goal setting. When you're writing your goals down, extrapolate them from the answers you just got. Here's where the fun part starts. Properly setting a goal requires a few things. First, the goal must be positive. Instead of "I will not smoke anymore" it should be "I am a non-smoker". Notice how that goal is written in the present tense; writing a goal in the future tense gives you a reason to let it go because there's always tomorrow. Next, be very specific not only with the goal itself, but by also adding in a by-when date: "I am a Senior Vice President by June 2014". Yes, that's a long time from now, but it's a very clear and very specific goal with a manageable time frame.
With a well written goal in hand, you can now work backwards to make it happen. What will it take to be a Senior Vice President in 3 years? Maybe you've gotta find some big clients and take the lead on some major projects over the next year to put your name on the map. Now your major goal has subgoals, small steps that move you in the right direction and put you in the best position possible to achieve your goal.
Practice your goal setting. There's no such thing as too big of a goal; go nuts and dream big. Set up subgoals to guide you along the way to your big goal and suddenly things become much clearer, simpler and focused. Give it a shot!
"CrossFit Games Open WoD 11.4"
AMRAP in 10 minutes of:
60 Bar-Facing Burpees
30 Overhead Squats (120/90)
Posted by Armen