Today is going to be one of the longer entries. 

We’re talking goals. I love talking goals because of how easily they can make us feel good about ourselves or  remind us of our potential to accomplish amazing things. They give us a sense of accountability, purpose, and progress. It’s a free pass to talk about the things that interest us. 

I decided to purposefully post this one late today because I didn’t have my “goals notebook” on me (I’m traveling) and instead of resorting to just telling you what my own goals are, I thought it would be fun to share an exercise to encourage you to set your own. Have you had a chance to think through what your goals are? 

1. If you were given a million dollars today and you had to spend it immediately, write down a list of 10 things you’d spend it on. Note: you can’t invest it or buy stocks, you have to use the cash to buy stuff. 

2. 3 years after graduation you run into an old friend. During your catch up, you’re telling them what you’ve been up to since grad. Fill in the blanks. 

– I live in a _____________ in _____________ with my ____________

– I am making a living by ______________

– I am earning ____________ a year

– For fun I ____________

– I have started _____________

– I no longer ________________

– I drive a ______________

– Since I last saw you, I can now ______________ 

3. You’re given 11 million. A chance to leave your legacy behind. How do you spend it? 

4. When was the last time you felt successful? And when was the last time you did something you didn’t want to do? 

5. When was the last time you felt truly happy and at peace? 

6. When was the last time you were proud of yourself? 

7. What’s the last new skill you developed?

8. When was the last time you felt fully focused? 

9. If a family member gave you 5 times your annual income and offered to pay all your bills, what would you spend your day doing? 

10. What personality attributes come naturally to you? 

11. In what areas of your life do you excel the most? 

12. What catches your interest/attention? 

13. What do you look forward to in life? 

14. What in life matters most to you?

15. What does a good life look like to you? 

I hope that helps you figure out some of what you want out of life.

I only started writing down my goals last year. Before then, I only mentally focused my mind on things I wanted to achieve. Since I started writing them down I’ve learnt that most of my goals are D U M B. Dream driven, uplifting, method friendly and behaviour drivenEach of these come with to-do lists and not to-do lists.

It’s so much more fulfilling than setting S M A R T goals. Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. The most common goal setting exercise. The problem with this method is that it focuses too much on creating goals that are attainable and “realistic”.

Who’s to say what’s realistic and what’s not?

My number one goal for 2017 has been to let God guide me in everything I do. I desperately want to know my unique purpose. That’s all.



P. S. If you enjoyed the exercise, or found it helpful, I have more questions to share!


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