Changing Your Life With Life Goal Setting

by ryan on December 20, 2017


Changing Your Life With Life Goal Setting


When you’re interested in changing your life for the better life goal setting is an excellent strategy.

Changing your life can feel like an overwhelming task.

Even when you are firmly committed to using personal goals creating a list with the heading “Goals—Life” feels awfully grand.

Something only the self-important and pretentious would do.

This life goal setting exercise — 15 Minutes to What You Want — works because it makes the task feel much smaller.

You do this exercise with a partner. For your convenience in carrying out the exercise you can use this form.

Here is how it works.

Begin by having your partner ask “what do you want?”

Since you are focused on finding the answer to “what to do with my life” You go ahead an answer the question. Say whatever comes to mind.

Do not expect very much from yourself in the first minute or two.

It’s very normal for the first few responses on this exercise to be pretty shallow and off the cuff.

Frequently, one word answers such as “wealth” “happiness” “success” come first.

Your partner listens, saying nothing.

When you stop answering your partner asks again, “what do you want?”

You give a second answer.

The exercise continues for 15 minutes with your partner listening, you answering, and then your partner asking again “what do you want” when your answer is complete.

As you stick with the process, the urge to communicate clearly, to have exactly what you’re trying to say be understood by the listener, works its magic.

It forces you to think out loud about your goals

You become less self-conscious about life goal setting.

You reach for a few more words to spell out what you meant by those initial answers.

And you become more and more detailed.

The luxury of having the time to say it all – to share every detail until you are completely finished with your description – motivates you do some deep thinking and to share the information you uncover.

By the end of 15 minutes, some pretty profound answers tend to materialize.

The end result is a list of your most deeply held goals for life.

Changing your life with that goals–life list in hand is a much more focused task than answering the open ended question What to do with my life.

The list is the answer.

It expresses the personal goals that are most important to you.

Do what you need to do to have what you said you want.

That will take some planning.

And a lot of action.

And probably a lot of energy and effort.

But you’ll have a great starting place.

Doesn’t that sound like a terrific use of 15 minutes to you?


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