Write, write, write! Take several sheets of paper and assign at least one sheet for each of the following broad categories.
Your Long-Term Goals
Write down the primary goals that are most important to you in the long-term. These are the goals that will bring the most positive outcomes in your life. They should reflect your values because they help shape your vision.
It is important to note them first, because your short- and medium-term plans will form the next steps to help you achieve these long-term goals. And do not be afraid to be ambitious when you set these goals! If you aim for the stars, you will give yourself the opportunity to touch the sky, and maybe the moon. But if you aim for just the ceiling, you will, at best, just catch a light bulb.
People who establish a vision rich in long-term goals are those who make the most of things, and who meet the most expectations of their lives. I would also suggest that you separate each of the important dimensions of your life.
For example, the goals you might want to achieve to “be perfectly happy with your work” will not be the same as for “living long and healthily.” Separating your long term goals from each other will increase the clarity of your lists, and sharpen the accuracy of the actions to be undertaken to achieve them.
Your Medium-Term Objectives
This list helps you clarify what you must pass through to grow closer to your ambitious long-term goals. They are steps you must through to succeed.
For example, if your long-term goal is to excel in all facets of your life, your medium-term goals need to revolve around objectives to do with your relationships, work, your income, your health, and so forth.
These objectives may change over time, and that’s the beauty of self-realization. As you progress, you will come across great surprises, and will often find more than you’d hoped for!
Your Short-Term Goals
Your short-term goals are very important because they are synonymous with action. And without action, nothing happens. Short-term goals are the ones that you realize and fulfill in the coming weeks, the coming months, and in the current year. They lead you to achieve your objectives in the medium-term.
If you want to improve your working relationships, your salary and your health, your short-term goals need to revolve around managing your time and activities, conflict resolution and communication, and all the exercise you can do. Above all, they correspond to clear actions that you can start on now.
Accomplish Your Lists!
Once you’ve finished writing your list of goals for the short-, medium-, and long-term, it is time to begin to achieve and accomplish them! Your actions should focus on making your short0term goals a reality. Include your list all actions relevant to your success. Is there an important person with whom you could reconcile? Are there books you want to read or is there research online that you need to do to find information to help accomplish a goal?
List then, and then put them in order of priority. Some of them might take time; others are accomplished quickly. Be sure to juxtapose your actions so as to make their achievement possible in the easiest and most efficient way. For example, make sure that no action is accomplished before another first; otherwise you will lose time waiting, or will need to make efforts to start all over again.
Once you’ve identified your priorities, add a timetable to them. Timing is very important because it tells you whether or not you’re moving forward. I know several people who have done everything listed here in the most perfect manner, but haven’t achieved their goals simply because they didn’t make a timetable!
Of course, you need review your priorities and deadlines as you progress. But what is most important is to start now! Choose a first action to accomplish in your list and start on it right away. If you put off your goals for tomorrow, you’ll end up delaying them your whole life!
Ideally, if using a computer is easier for you, make these lists directly into text files. This will allow you to easily change the order of items in your lists, erase what has been completed, and add to the right place the things you think of as you go along. Also check your lists every day, or at least weekly, and pay attention to the goals that you accomplish. You will maintain your motivation this way! Finally, remember to make any necessary changes to your lists so that they always reflect the reality of your vision and your actions.
Strategies such as the fact of writing lists of your objectives and your actions are used by the most effective managers of companies. Unfortunately, we often forget one small detail: good management strategies are not reserved exclusively for business people. Our whole life can benefit from them! If we want to achieve goals, but don’t take enough care, nothing happens. This is why lists and timelines are useful.
If you learn to use these tools, you become your own project manager, and your plans will build your life! When you begin to write these lists, you will quickly discover how easy it is then to take action. The process of self-realization will become much clearer, and you will know what you have to do to in order to succeed. If you don’t take this effort, it will be very difficult to obtain the results that match what you want and expect.