Do you know what you want?
If you don’t know what you want then how can you get what you want? Seems painfully obvious doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, I’ve been in enough goal setting consultations so know that most people don’t have a clue what they want.
It may seem obvious, but the first step to developing a great plan is knowing what you want. And how do we find out what we want?
Below, I am going to go over a simple brainstorming technique. You can do it on paper or a text file, but I’d recommend using our free online goal setting tool. That way, your work won’t get lost or damaged.
We start brainstorming by going to the brainstorm module
Did you know most people walking around out there don’t even know what they want out of life?
Again, how can you get what you want if you don’t even know what you want?
That’s why this step is so important. You need to know what you want in order to get it.
So let’s get started!
The brainstorm module is the page where you begin setting goals. You get to it by clicking on the Brainstorm tab.
Power list your goals
You see a list of categories on the left and an area to add your goals in the middle.
All you do is choose a category and start adding goals as fast as you can.
Don’t worry about spelling or punctuation. Just make a long list.
Spend a good 30-45 minutes listing everything you want out of life.
Set some money goals, set some education goals, set some vacation goals. Try to get everything recorded by simply typing them in and clicking the “add” button.
You’ll see the goal appear in the list below the textbox.
You can also choose a new category and can add goals there too. Try to fill in each category with a long list of goals. Don’t settle for 1 or 2. Get a long list. The sky is the limit. To repeat, how will you get what you want if you don’t know what you want?
Also, do not worry about how you’ll achieve them. Just get everything on the list.
Side note: When I first did this exercise years ago, I had 75 goals on my list.
I have achieved almost all of those goals (with the exception of appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman LOL; still working on that one). You’ll achieve your goals too. If you start out right – and know what your goals are.
Another side benefit of getting everything down is it clears your mind. After you complete this step, you will be highly motivated and ready for action. It puts in perspective what’s important to you vs. what’s just noise.