While it might seem like having one clear goal will give you focus and a clear direction, it can also lead to feelings of anxiety and failure. Because the goal is so huge and seemingly far away, even if you’re making steady progress towards it, you won’t feel any sense of achievement until the final goal is met – and that could take years! So, what to do instead?
The headline goal
For each area of your life, create 2-3 headline goals. My favourite tool is the wheel of life, which segments your life into 8 areas (you can download my template here) but you may want to have fewer key areas. A headline goal should be ambitious, of course, but it should leave room for manoeuvre. So, for example, under career instead of having a goal of ‘I want to be promoted to Head of X at Company Y’ your goal could be ‘Become a Head of X’. This way, even though you’re essentially working towards the same goal, you’ll be more open to other opportunities that may come your way.
To keep you on track and motivated, create 3-5 milestones under each headline goal. These can be more specific, and should be a way for you to acknowledge the progress you’re making towards your headline goals. Continuing the example above, your milestones could be:
- Mentor 3 juniors this year, meeting them each once a quarter
- Close a £1m deal (or something else project specific)
- Complete my leadership and management certificate (or something else related to professional development)
As you celebrate each of these milestones, you’ll feel more and more confident that you’ll achieve your headline goal! 🍾
To turn this information into action, you may want to complete this task. Think of one area of your life you would like to improve, for example, health or career. Create 2-3 headline goals for this area, and then 3-5 milestones under each goal. Stick this up somewhere where you can see it everyday, to remind yourself what you’re working towards!
If you want to complete a full wheel of life, you can download my template here, complete with instructions ✨
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