Avoiding a road to nowhere

by Iain Hopkins30 May 2012

 5 steps to clarify your goals

1. What are your goals in simple terms?

2. Are you clear on your specific objectives?

3. Why are you doing this?

4. What do you really want to achieve?

5. Do your goals have depth and do you really understand them?

 Identify your top three goals

• Carry them with you all day

• Program them into your phone

• Write them on a card and store them in your wallet

• Copy them into your diary or planner to greet you when you open the front page each day

 Creating your vision

Step 1

Write a vision and purpose statement of where you’d like to be in three years’ time.

Consider your age at that point and you’ll get an instant visual to help with your answers.


• Use ‘what’, ‘who’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ to bring your vision to life.

• Write in the present tense, as if you’re living that dream.

• Don’t let lack of money, skills or time be a barrier.

• Don’t think of what you can do at the moment, but what you’d ultimately love to do.

• Put aside any limitations and create the dream life for yourself.

• Describe how you feel in the new picture.

 Step 2

Talk to others about your dreams and desires – it’s fundamental in helping bring them to life.

 Step 3

Detail your vision by cutting it down into sizeable goals that are achievable, as they have a structure to support them.


• Work out exactly what you need to help you achieve your vision.

• Plan how you’re going to achieve your vision.

• Construct a timeline outlining when you’re going to achieve your vision and the smaller steps along the way.

 Step 4

Create a visual document of your vision. This is a collage of all the things you’d like to have, do or become.


• Make a list of your goals and think about how you can translate this goal visually into an image.

• Include beautiful pictures and words that inspire you.

• Focus on different areas of your life, including relationships, health, wealth, family and spirituality.

• Choose motivators that remind you to develop, evolve, flourish and stay a little challenged.

 Step 5

Journal your gratitude along the way and celebrate all of the steps, both big and small, that take you closer to your goals. University of California psychologist Robert Emmons states that gratitude should be thought of as a discipline or skill, akin to goal setting or time management.

Source: Simplify Structure Succeed: A Modern Practical Toolkit for Life Strategy, Shannah Kennedy

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