Goal-Setting Simplified: Work on the Gap

About ten years ago, I started planning out my life goals, like a school action plan or business proposal. In my table, I’d write down the seven different areas of my life, what I wanted to achieve in each of them and why, deadlines for key milestones along the way and a space for me to write down small-step goals each week in each area.

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Now, this approach did work for me in the past (on and off) but having just come across my old spreadsheet now, I’m struck by how complicated I made things.

I’m also inspired by a video I watched on YouTube, whereby this eloquent little rocket ship, Andrew Kirby, explained his method of goal planning as being this:

  1. Decide what kind of life you want.
  2. Decide who you need to be you get it.
  3. Decide who are you are now.
  4. Take action to move from 3 to 2.

Do I need any more than this? I don’t think I do. No.

I’m currently closer to the kind of life that I want than I ever have been before… but I’m still a long way off.

And this isn’t down to not meeting any specific milestones laid out in my spreadsheet.

It’s because the person I need to be to create the life that I want, doesn’t match with who I currently am in my words, thoughts, actions and reactions. There’s a gap.

Granted, the gap is much smaller than it was, but it’s still too large to jump.

So for my simplified version of goal-setting, I’m just going to focus on small daily actions; on walking in the footsteps of who I need to be, rather than who I am; on closing the gap between who I am now and who I want to become.



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