Another year has gone and on New Year’s Eve my cousin asked me, ‘what was your biggest learning experience of 2014?’ I immediately thought of the time when I was well outside my comfort zone, the time when I had to research and prepare for some radio interviews as a follow up to my book launch in January. I had grown from the experience and learned the benefits of preparing for tough conversations or meetings. My cousins’ question also challenged me to ask myself, am I the same this year as I was last year? What changes have I made and how have I grown? I did not achieve all my goals for 2014 however, I did reach most of them – many more than if I had not written them down, kept them close and reviewed them every month. In 2014 I had many goals that touched many areas of my life however I did not see growth in all the areas I would have liked, so I decided to re-invent my wheel. This made my goal setting more interesting, appealing to my visual learning style and ensuring I covered all the key areas of my life.
Step 1 – Draw Your Wheel of Life – Use the example below and identify the 8 key areas of your life. Grade each area from 1-10, if you are completely happy with an area of your life then assign a 10, if you are very unhappy then assign a 1. Draw your wheel, shade it and it will be obvious which areas of your life are off balance – great start.
Step 2 – Identify a goal for each of your key areas. Start with the areas that have very low scores. This wheel not only visualizes the parts of your life off-balance but also shows you where to focus your attention. Write 3-5 manageable and attainable goals; e.g.
• Finance – I will save 10% of my salary each month.
• Health – I will attend a gym once per week.
• Relationships – I will have a date night with my partner once per month.
Step 3 – Last step, ask the question, Why? For each of your goals. I learned this from my manager, he always asks me Why I should complete a task, initiative or project. This small but potent question will make you think about your goals. This will challenge each of your goals and when you have a strong Why, you will be more likely to achieve your objectives in 2015.
• Finance – Why should I save 10% of my salary each month? I want to build long-term savings for a vacation, deposit for a house of retirement.
• Health – Why should I attend a gym once per week? I want to have a good level of fitness for long-term health.
• Relationships – Why should I have a date night with my partner? I do not wish to take them for granted for all they do for home and family.
This is the simplest and fun way to set goals for 2015 and I trust you will be a different person in 12 months’ time.
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(The thoughts and ideas expressed in this blog are my own and do not represent the views of my employer. ‘Wheel of Life’ template borrowed from http://www.jillsaville.com/ )