The best goal setting journals, in my opinion, are the 90-day variety. In this blog post, we’re going to look at why and how they work.
Anyone who’s had an ambition / a dream / a target knows that what they have is their definition of success.
How many times have you thought something like “When I get my degree I’ll be a success”, “When I get that promotion, I’ll have made it”, etc, knowing that just saying it isn’t the same as actually achieving it.
That goal could be years away but, if you use a goal setting journal, you can bring your goal closer because you’ll be taking action towards achieving it.
Why 90-Day Goals Are Achieved.
If your goal is, say, 1/2/5 years away, do you think you’ll keep your focus?
As a former lifecoach, I saw most clients found focussing on a year-long goal challenging. By the time the year was up they’d either drifted off the goal completely or already given up. One or two soldiered on and achieved it.
It’s easier to keep your focus on a 90-day goal.
It doesn’t mean that your goal can only be achieved in 90 days.
The thing with goals is that they can be chunked down into smaller goals and tiddly goals. Each size goal is a step towards your main goal.
If your goal is to be the MD of your company by 30 and you’ve just started in the post received department at 18, start setting smaller and tiddly goals that don’t take longer than 90 days to achieve. When a goal drags on, it’s easy to lose motivation and stop taking action.
Enter the Goal Setting Journal.
It doesn’t have to be anything special. You can start by opening a document in Word or by scribbling on a piece of paper. The point is to get started.
Date each entry and be honest. Your journal is the place where you can be honest with yourself. Sometimes it’s hard because you’re writing very private things but stick with it.
When you’ve been writing in your journal for a few days, start making “bullet” lists. These are lists with * at the start of each item. If your goal is to be MD of your company, this could be your bullet list for your 90-day goals:
- Managing Director
- Senior Manager
- Line Manager
- Post room line manager
- Post room supervisor
- Post received line manager
Now you know the positions you need to achieve to reach MD. Your big goal has been broken down into smaller goals. It’s up to you to break them into tiny goals you can achieve within 90 days.
How Journalling Helps with 90-Day Goals.
Journalling helps you empty your mind when you write what you’re feeling. Feeling down? Write about it. Feeling happy? Write about it. Enjoyed your breakfast? Write about it.
And then you read what you’ve written helping you discover a little more about yourself, which helps you improve yourself.
This life is all you get and it’s up to you to make it count. Imagine if you’d started keeping goal setting journals a year ago – where would you be now?
Just start where you are. Stop wasting time and make that first step.
Be sure to come back and tell us how you’re doing!
** Just doing the cover for my Goals Journal. Watch this space!