How many of us would hop into a car, turn it on, and immediately peel out of our driveways flooring it until we got to our destination? Sound fun? Sure, unless you don’t want your car to die.
Have you ever started exercising by lifting as much weight in as little amount of time as possible without warming up at all? Sound fun? Not really, especially if you don’t want your body to die early or at least to get something profitable out of your workout.
Warming up is important in so many things in life. When I was thinking about this I began to think about how people who are not used to goal setting should probably give themselves the chance to warm up to the idea.
Seth Godin had this idea when he published Pick Four. It’s a goal setting program that helps you focus on, yep, four goals at a time. While you can shoot for them moon with your goals right away (I want to be a pro athlete by the end of the year), you might just kill your program. Instead, how about warming up your goal setting engine by getting some big wins early.
Here are some of my first goal setting wins from last year (These were meant to be accomplished in a years time):
Begin a blog – Done!
30 Pushups and 60 Crunches a day – Done! (Though now my workout goals have definitely changed)
Lead an “Eagle Group” (Also known as a mastermind group) – Done!
These little wins have helped me get excited about the big opportunities that are opening up because we are getting things done.
What is your goal setting program? If you don’t have one I encourage you to start with a couple measurable goals, get some small victories, and begin living an adventurous life.
Fall 2011 was when we started the team, and we have learned a bunch since then. One of the most important lessons I have learned recently is the need to focus. This is a particular challenge for me and Team Eagle because I started out by explaining that we are all about teaching youth ten areas of excellence. Ten areas, though, are hard to focus on.
For 2012 we will be taking a different approach: The most important lesson of Team Eagle is the need for vision, innovation, and personal excellence. Everything else builds on this desire to do better.
This year Team Eagle’s mission is to train others to dream and achieve big goals.
The more you and I can envision where we want to be in 1, 5, and 10 years, the more likely we will achieve success in all the other areas of life.
Throughout this year we will be sharing tips, examples, ideas, inspiration, and direction when it comes to setting goals and getting goals accomplished.
My wife and I have recently begun a new goal setting program that is for me a breath of fresh air and a much more focused challenge. We’ll be giving updates on our own journey as well as sharing insights from the journey of others.
With all of this being said, we will still be covering many of the other 9 topics that we have laid out before. This spring we will focus our class on Career and Business, or “Working in the Strengths Zone.” However, we are looking to make this about Career and Business goals. We will be considering the great opportunities for our lives and begin making real-to-life plans that will enable us to work in an area we will love.
In march we start our next semester, so be on the look out for information. If you want to know more about the curriculum we will be using go to 48days.com for an idea. I look forward to seeing you there! My goal is to make this bigger and better for all of us this year!