Goal Setting Strategies: Become the CEO Of your own Life

Are you interested in the role strategic thinking can play in your goal setting? Below is an exercise that'll give you a birds eye view of your goals so you can choose wisely!

Here you will consider the use of goal setting strategies. I will give you a handful of short and important questions to ask yourself when creating your strategy. 

Taking the time to ponder

The answers to these questions will give you strategic direction when setting your goals and you will be more confident in the direction you choose to take.

First, let's take a quick look at how a strategy is different from a plan...

Goal setting plans and goal setting strategies. What's the difference?

Basically, goal setting strategies are different in one way. They are bigger and broader. 

So your plan may sound like, "So I do (A) then (B), followed by (C), then hey presto! it's done". It's when you decide the steps you'll take. For more on goal setting plans check this out.

A strategy however is that which over-arches your plan. It is the various considerations taken when planning your steps. Your strategy might for example consider your values, beliefs, personality, history, country, current circumstances, current limitations. 

How can you create a strategy?

Strategic direction might be considered an extension of a mission statement. It is leadership whereas a plan is management. You can start thinking through your strategy by asking yourself some simple questions...

What are the most important things to you in life? How can you adjust your goals to reflect this?

What are your signature strengths? What strengths most encapsulate who you are? Can you adjust your goals in way that means you will use your strengths more?    

What kind of person do you want to become? Do your current goals work against this? Or towards it?

Do your goals fit with your big vision for the future?

Will you enjoy the process as well as the end product? If not, why not? How can you change your plans to allow for an enjoyable journey?

What am you doing this all for?

Will achieving your goal be good for your loved ones?

Are we using our imagination as well as our logic?

The answers to these questions combine to make up your draft strategy. To put it another way, it can be valuable to put your strategic thinking cap on and look over your goals using the answers to these kinds of questions. 

By doing this you'll have an overarching perspective which guides your short term efforts so why not think about this in some detail and get something down on paper? A strategy document you can go back to again and again...   

What if you're not sure how you feel about these questions?

If you have no idea at this stage, as some of us do, what you think life is all about don't worry. You're not alone. It's perfectly normal. By focusing on developing yourself wherever you are now you will open up a way...

If you focus your energy on your immediate realities, a long term vision and strategy will eventually become apparent to you.

When you achieve a goal, or don't achieve a goal, you will become clearer and clearer about what it is you really want

The most important thing is that you start the journey. Maybe check some of these concrete examples to get you started.  As my mentor, philosopher Daisaku Ikeda says, "Small things matter. What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward". 

Back to the prime point

It's worth re-iterating that strategy or no strategy the most important point is to start. When you are able do this, eternally, you'll unlock more potential than you can imagine right now. 

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