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.
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:
- Decide what kind of life you want.
- Decide who you need to be you get it.
- Decide who are you are now.
- 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.