Goal setting

Gameplay + Goal Setting: Create Levels to achieve your Goals

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Declaring a goal is not enough. Multiply your milestones.

In Chip and Dan Heath's book, "The Power of Moments" they describe a next level goal setting technique that ditches the conventional S.M.A.R.T framework. Instead of stating a particular aim, create achievement levels that resemble gameplay to reach your ultimate goal.

For example, in a job search next level goals could be:

↣ Hone a job target and a target company list that spark interest.

↣ Meet twenty-five new people for coffee meetings (who have a job/work for a company of interest).

↣ Create custom career documents and LinkedIn profile that sing your unique value.

↣ Land a meaningful, new job in three months.

When you create levels, you commemorate progress igniting momentum toward your end goal. It's the progress principle!

Researchers Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer, founders of the progress principle, discovered that when people end the business day making real progress at work, they leave intrinsically motivated and therefore more creative! Employees are ready for vexing problems (with creative solutions) after days of making notable progress.

So, what do you think? Can modeling your goal setting like a game make you more apt to achieve them? Has this worked for you?

Better Trumps Perfect: Continue with your Goals

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The tyranny of perfect.
Perfect closes the door. It asserts that we’re done, that this is the best we can do. Worse, perfect forbids us to try. To seek perfection and not reach it is failure.

The possibility of better.
Better opens the door. Better challenges us to see what’s there and begs us to imagine how we could improve...Better invites us in and gives us a chance to seek dramatic improvement.
— Seth Godin

It’s hard for me to be satisfied when anything is less than perfect. In fact, my life feels pretty out of control and in disarray when <fill in the blank> is incomplete or not my best.

It could be my home, a project, my career, you name it. I’m sure you have your own areas you could place in the blank.

No one told me that ‘perfect’ is impossible to attain. I’ve been under the tyranny of perfect in the words of Seth Godin.

This new year I am opening the door to better instead of closing the door in the failure of perfection by:

+ Celebrating small wins amidst setbacks when making progress toward my long term goals.

+ Prioritizing people over projects.

+Giving myself grace in my limitations and failures.

What goals have you set for 2019 that you’ve already missed the mark on? I had a bunch of goals to reach in anticipation of the new year and many of them I didn’t reach. I am choosing to move forward in the “better.”

So don’t worry if you messed up your new work out plan or had a misstep in your job search. Imagine the possibilities when moving forward instead of shutting the door on progress.

I plan on choosing “better” over perfection this year. In what areas of your life will you do the same?

Name That Tune: A Mantra That Changes Everything

🎶 “Every day, in every way, we’re getting better and better…we’re getting better and better”🎵

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This was the theme song to my kids’ track team last spring. At the end of every practice, after the kids ran their laps and cooled down, the team would gather in a circle, put their hands in and sing this song.

You know the funny thing? My husband and I still sing it. We sing it to each other. We sing it over our kids.

We are all a work in progress. If the goal is just to aim a little higher, do a little better – we can win each day even when it seems we aren’t getting very far. And you know what? It keeps me hopeful!

Aiming higher in the short-term adds up to long-term growth. You’ll look back and see how each small aim led closer and closer to a bullseye.

So put on your proverbial headphones and hum this tune in your daily efforts and all the way through the finish line of your accomplishments.

What goals are you trying to achieve by the end of the year?

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Goal Setting in the Wheel of Life


How are you at goal setting? Do you have goals in each area of your life?

In Dave Ramsey’s book, Entreleadership, Ramsey mentions how Zig Ziglar encourages goals in each spoke of "the wheel of life."

The wheel is made up of seven spokes:

1. Career

2. Financial

3. Spiritual

4. Physical

5. Intellectual

6. Family

7. Social

Do you have intentional goals in each of these areas? I know some of these "spokes" I like to pursue more than others.

If one part of the tire is deflated...well, you have a flat tire. This leads to a particular slow and bumpy ride.

How can you pursue growth and balance in your "wheel of life?" In what areas do YOU thrive in and which need more attention?