This is such a great time of year to think about who we want to be, reflect on the past year, and design (or “architect”) our lives. One of our incredible team members, Jill Adams, has outlined a method for goal-setting that she has tailored to really work for her, and we’re excited to share it with you today!
If you’re listening to the companion audio via our podcast (click the “play” button up above), here are some helpful time stamps:
- 2:05 – Noel Keen’s STEP Win!
- 9:10 – Goal-setting ideas from Jill
- 29:20 – Update on my (April’s) personal goals, what’s been holding me back, what I’m excited about, etc.
First, to provide some awesome inspiration for you, we want to celebrate LearnDoBecome community member, Noel Keen. Noel applied our step-by-step process to create an unbelievable gift for her mother (hear the story in her words below!):
This is my most exciting project that I have been working on for ten years, nearly completed! These are my grandfather’s World War II letters and journals. My mom gave them to me upon my request so that I could type them up and make them readable. Over the years, I never focused and got them done because I didn’t know how to prioritize. If it weren’t for STEP, I don’t think I ever would have gotten to where I am. This Christmas I am printing them up and giving them to my mother in a nice spiral bound document. Then my project for 2020 is to work with her and add some outside info, then publish it in a nice book for the rest of the family. Thank you to April for this wonderful program! Merry Christmas!Noel Keen
Is there something that you have wanted to create for someone you love? If you want move past the overwhelm that is holding you back and accomplish the projects that are in your heart, we can help! We have a community ready and waiting to cheer you on. (More information at the bottom of this post….)
Now here are the goal-setting action steps written by our LearnDoBecome team member, Jill Adams. Enjoy!
I was struggling pulling together my goals, and found that if I stopped to look back, it helped me define how I wanted to move forward. Here are some things that have helped me:
Begin by asking or reviewing these prompts:
In the Past Year…
- What made me happy?
- What made me sad?
- I spend way too much time on ____.
- I wish I had more time for ____.
- I procrastinate when I have to ____.
- If I had one more hour in my day I would spend it on ____.
- Something that is weighing me down is ____.
In the next year…
- I want to improve on ____.
- I want to let go of____.
- I want to focus on these areas: ____.
Decide how you want to group your goals:
I’ve organized my goals by roles, intentions, and platforms.
Christian, Wife, Mom, Friend, Work
To be tidy, To be faithful, To be healthy, To be generous
Here are two ways to organize into platforms. Choose the one you most identify with!
- Spiritual, Financial, Emotional, Vocational, Avocational, Health
- Impact, Health, Family, Faith, Relationships
Create the goals, considering these guidelines:
Choose no more than 7 or so platforms. This helps avoid the overwhelm of having too many goals in too many areas.
Then choose the next task to focus on in each platform. Start with easiest task that will move this goal forward–this helps trick your brain to start progress. Want to learn more about this? We teach all about Next Actions in our free class, How to Stop Drowning in Piles! (Link below.)
Don’t worry about getting the entire year planned out yet. Let’s just start with something.
Decide if you need to create a habit or a project for each task. Projects have a clear beginning and end; habits are tasks that you repeat regularly.
Write down your tasks / goals in order to greatly increase effectiveness. Having these written down gives you the ability to review your plan regularly and keep these goals in mind throughout each day and week.
Plan a celebration once achieved! Recognize areas where you are making progress by taking time to celebrate your success.
Why write down your goals? In Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever book and program, he outlines several reasons why writing down our goals can ensure success:
- It forces you to clarify what you want.
- It motivates you to action.
- It helps you overcome resistance.
- It filters other opportunities.
- It enables you to see and celebrate your progress.
I use Michael Hyatt’s recommendations for goal review on a daily, weekly and quarterly basis. Here are the basics:
DAILY: Read your goals to start every day.
WEEKLY: Review your motivation for each of your goals.
QUARTERLY: Reassess goals.
As you reassess your goals, there are five ways to handle each goal.
- REJOICE – If you’ve completed your goal, celebrate!
- RECOMMIT – Maybe the method you were using to work on this goal isn’t working. Remember–strategies can change at any time. Your commitment is to the goal, not the strategy.
- REVISE – Was your goal is set in the delusional zone? As you revise your goal, don’t revert to the comfort zone either…aim for the discomfort zone.
- REMOVE – This is a last resort but sometimes necessary.
- REPLACE – If you had to remove a goal, consider replacing it.
Winning at our goals and celebrating them helps keep us going and motivates us to keep pressing on to bigger goals!
Now it’s your turn: Did any ideas come to mind as you were reading or listening to the goal-setting process outlined above? Any tweaks you would make? Take 10-30 minutes to journal what you’re thinking–and then decide what your next step would be (and write it on your calendar!).
Wishing you a wonderful 2020!
Post-publication note from Jill:
I was so happy to have these ideas shared in the podcast! Just to clarify a few things that weren’t totally clear in the podcast notes April was using when she recorded:
(1) I don’t consider these “my” ideas, but I learned them from a variety of sources. The primary sources were Laura Smith from IHeartPlanners and Michael Hyatt.
(2) While I don’t use Laura’s planner, specifically, I have learned a lot from her and wanted to credit the source.
(3) I have used and recommend these 2 pages per day planners: Franklin Covey planner, and Michael Hyatt’s planner. I am currently trying out this Living Well weekly planner. I do miss having the section for notes on the 2 pages per day planners I have used in the past, but also enjoy my week at a glance view in this one. All planners have their pluses and minuses, and I encourage you to try a few out to find your perfect fit!
Happy Goal Setting and have a fabulous year ahead!
Michael Hyatt’s *Your Best Year Ever
Want to learn more about how to identify the Next Action for each of your goals? We can’t wait to teach you that concept–and more!–in our free class, How to Stop Drowning in Piles. Sign up here!
Brenda Ziegler says
Interesting concept of only 7 goals! I like your self-reflection of what makes me happy & sad & what we would like to accomplish!
Robin Puchala says
I’d love to know how you use your Franklin Covey planner! I have a 2-page/day Bloom or Seasons. Love it!
I keep watching Bullet Journal YouTubes!😊👍
I have workflow when I’m closer to God.
Well, you can hire a team or even get volunteers. (Do you know P31? They have a massive online Bible Study presence all run by volunteers.)
I was a People Pleaser too! God heals that. No, you must take care of yourself first. Christ took care of Himself first…He left & prayed early every day, He slept in the back of the boat.
Remember, we don’t worry, we pray off our stress, lean on God, and give Him our stress & anxiety.
O yes, rehearsing our past hurts…you need to use Power Verses…the promises of God! I just wrote the manuscript! Do you want me to Guest Blog or share it with you?❤️
Jeannie Chesney says
Which Bible study helped most with the people pleasing?
April Perry says
Thanks so much for your encouragement!! And I’d love to share how I use my planner. 🙂
Here’s a 2-minute tour: https://learndobecome.com/2minute-tour/
So glad you’re here with us!
Elida Vidos says
Loved this podcast! How do I hear your previous podcast?
Taryn Wood says
Thanks, Elida. We’re so glad you’re here! You can find our podcasts here: https://learndobecome.com/category/podcasts. They are also available on podcast playing apps. Search for “LearnDoBecome Radio.” Enjoy!
April, this was a VERY, VERY helpful podcast on so many levels! I have never set goals by first reflecting on the past year with these kinds of questions. They have helped me see what I have accomplished, what I want to keep working on, and have given me ideas on how I might expand my horizons. I LOVED hearing about the success of Noel in completing her HUGE project. Could you share an outline of the steps she established to complete it?
Also, April, it ALWAYS helps me when you share the “real” you on your podcasts. To know that you have setbacks, wishes for how you would like things to be , etc., makes me feel like not such a failure and empowers me in moving forward based on where I am right now instead of wishing for different decisions in the past.
Seriously, I would love to know the steps Noel used for her project.
Janet, I’m so happy this was helpful for you!! And thank you for your support. We’re all working through different challenges, and it’s helpful for me to know I’m not alone, as well. 🙂
Noel is in our STEP Mastery Facebook group and has been messaging back and forth between the members about her project. If you’re part of STEP, pop into the group!! Otherwise, she essentially went through the same steps we outline in our free class: https://LearnDoBecome.com/STEP. So happy you’re here and moving forward in your own journey!
Janet L says
Philippians has a verse that says ‘Be anxious for nothing’ or, DO NOT WORRY,STRESS,ANXIETY yourself to death!
I used to be a world ckass worrier, so I can relate. I have learned to not worry, because that means I am not trusting God. The verse goes on to say ‘but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, will guatd your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
(Phil 4:6-7) This has helped me enormously! It is one of my life verses. I would be happy to talk more about this with you, if you so desire. Many blessings to you and your family in 2020, and much gratitude for all your amazing work. You will never know how much you have helped me, and I know there are thousands of us who can say the same.
By the way, dear one, you don’t have to think about talking to so many of us at a time… you are really talking one-on-one!!
Love, Janet L
April thank you for sharing what was in your heart. Such a powerful message. It was as if you read my mind and heart. 2019 was a year of incredible growth for me in personal development. The fear of success I hope as been kicked to the curb. I have learned so much from you that I know 2020 is going to be an amazing year. Thank you and bless you for everything you do.
So proud of you and your growth!! Thank you for being an example and a support, Dianne!
Thanks April. Your honesty and openess with your community is life giving.
Last year as an answer to my prayers God lead me to Learn Do Become and the Enneagram. I have been wondering if you have explored the Enneagram yet. A place to start is the Heart of the Enneagram podcast or the book, the Road back to you.
PS. I’m loving David Allen’s GTD book right now.
Taryn Wood says
Kim, thank you for your kind words! We’re so glad you found us. Thanks for the suggestion! We’ll add it to our list of things to explore. Thanks for being with us!!
I just listened to this podcast and I want to say a BIG THANK YOU for being transparent! I feel less abnormal after hearing your reasons for being “out of flow”. Every podcast has helped me immensely. Please keep them coming. I wish I were your neighbor. 🙂 I love hearing the differentiation between a habit and a project when setting goals. 💗💗💗
Taryn Wood says
Karen, thank you for your kind words. You are totally not alone and we can be virtual neighbors. 🙂 Thanks for being with us! ~Team LDB
Alyssa Ordyna says
Thanks April! I always take away helpful things from your podcast. Thanks for being real and for being loving. Wishing you the best!