We’re into the third of our four instalments on goals for February. This is the part where it would be very easy to give ourselves a free pass to go with the flow and simply run with the work we’ve done so far.
That may get us there or thereabouts, which is nice. But you’re better than nice; if you’re still here in paragraph two of week three, you’re not the sort to settle for middling effort.
We’ve done some hard work thinking about why we’re setting out for our destination, where that may be, and what it will mean for us to arrive. We’ve even got our “budget” sorted so we won’t get caught short (I see you, cheeky part two skippers – rewind so you know what we’re talking about, then we’ll see you back here in a bit!).
Today is all about the way you want to travel. Some of this will depend on your destination (see part one) and your budget (ditto part two). Short haul has less risk of an uncomfortable time being delayed part way than a long or multi-leg trip. If you want a smooth ride to your goals you have to have the currency (time, energy) to afford a first class ticket.
This is why we started with motivation a couple of weeks ago. What does it mean to you to get to this destination? From that place, you can start to build up a picture of how you might get there.
There are always lots of options available depending on your budget. Do you want someone to guide you, to pick you up from your current location and take care of you all the way? Are you happy with an economy package deal that gets you there quickly? Or do you want an adventure, self-navigating on your own two feet, pack on your back. Or is this your Thelma and Louise moment, driving yourself down big highways with the top down?
If you want to get a new job, you can have coaching sessions and talk to consultants, you can give your CV as it is to an agency and say yes to the first thing that comes along, you can quit your current job and take your chances… There are so, so many different approaches.
Making a plan to achieve your goals that will actually work for you isn’t as simple as cutting and pasting one that an expert drew up and put online for people to find. Give some thought to how you want to do the work that you need to do to get where you want to be. It’ll mean you embark on your journey knowing you’re committed not just to the “what” of your goal, but to the “how”.
Once you have your “how”, make your plan. Draw your route map. Buy the guide books, if that’s how you’re going to roll. Or just step out of your front door and let it close it behind you. Actually, just writing that last one fills me with anxiety, but maybe that’s how you want to do this! But it’s completely up to you and you’re allowed to do what will serve your purpose.
Homework: Here’s a quickfire round of ‘Would You Rather?’. You can use this to get an idea of the way you might choose to go about your goal. There are no right or wrong answers! Your feelings are totes legit. But notice the choices you might make based on your preferences. In any part of your life you can always change your preferred choices for a while to meet your goals, if that’s what’s important to you.
Would you rather get up at 6am every morning or not be able to sit on your sofa before 9pm every evening?
Would you rather not be able to drink coffee again or never be able to touch your toes?
Would you rather only be able to apply 50% of your make up or have 30 minutes more sleep?
Would you rather have to always wear your top back to front every work day or never get promoted again?
Would you rather never be able to buy ready meals or only be able to buy ready meals?
Would you rather have an extra room to live in or double the amount of outside space?
Would you rather have to walk two miles every day (all weathers) or sit in stationary traffic for half an hour every day?
Would you rather fight a horse sized duck or a hundred duck sized horses?
(Ok, so that’s just silly. You got to the end! Have a good week!)
Claire Eadington geeks out on workflow management, performance and wellbeing.
Claire writes a weekly blog, Self Curious, on NPW’s website.