What fills your bucket?
Visit the Egyptian pyramids. Run a half marathon. Start your own business. Build your dream home. Have a family. At this time of year, it’s almost an automatic response to reassess your life and look at all of the outstanding items on your bucket list of life. But it can also be very overwhelming.
How do you map out your life plan? Do you have a vision board with clippings from magazines and brochures decoratively displayed? Do you read affirmations every morning before you start your day? Or do you write your goals down in a diary to hold yourself accountable?
This year I’ve undergone more personal development than I ever have before – reading all sorts of mind-changing articles, listening to e-books in the car and attending workshops. I’ve enjoyed getting to know myself better and making a conscious effort to strive for greater things.
But when it comes to goal setting, sometimes I need a little help. It can be difficult knowing where to start or what to do. Given it’s the time of year when many of us set New Year’s resolutions and fresh goals for the next 12 months, I thought I would enlist the help of the goal guru – Craig Levitt, to make sure you take your first step on the right path.
Craig embarked on his journey of self discovery 18 years ago, Plagued with the burning question, “I’m 45 and I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up”, and began seeing a goal setting coach where he was introduced to the concept of goal mapping and goal setting.
Eight years ago, Craig himself became a coach and now helps other people “get out of the way of themselves” and achieve their goals.
The first step is reading – identifying and educating yourself about the different ways to move towards what you want. Craig says a great book to start with is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which interestingly was written in 1937 but remains “a bible” to this day.
Also, with the advent of the internet age, there is always an abundance of reading material and videos at your fingertips, which Craig says will then lead you on the trail to connect with other authors and speakers.
The next step is creating an awareness that what you want for your future life is different than what you currently have.
“You’ve got to be committed to make a change yourself,” says Craig. “Other people can’t make you change, you have to want it, otherwise it won’t work.”
For the naysayers out there who still think it’s impossible to accomplish their goals, Craig shares an interesting fact.
“We all set goals every day – getting out of bed on time, getting to work on time, looking after the kids; they’re all goals, we just don’t consciously set them.
“Once people start to recognise that they can achieve those things based on – when they set them, an intent, an emotion and then taking action; all you need to do is apply that same formula.”
Given 2017 is the year of the Rooster, that’s a pretty good omen for everyone out there wanting to make a positive change in their lives. According to Chinese astrology, the Rooster is connected with hard work, integrity and efficiency; and Chinese New Year 2017 predictions state that it is the year for career and financial advancements for people who put in the hard work.
If that’s not motivation to get you moving in the right direction in 2017, I don’t know what is.