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Welcome back to the blog! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. Today I’m going to talk about setting goals. The why and the how. Speaking of setting goals….I have a huge announcement. I finally started a podcast! Yay. You can find me here: Goal Setting Gal. I’m not on Apple Podcast (yet), but I am on most other podcast sites. It has been a goal of mine for the longest time to start a podcast, and I finally did it. After you read this blog, be sure to check out my first episode, which is the podcast version of this blog post. I talk about how to set goals using the Level 10 Life Technique.
Why you should set goals
Every month I sit down with my bullet journal and my favorite Tombow Dual Brush pens to evaluate my goals from the previous month and to set goals for the upcoming month. I first look at my goals from the previous month. Are these goals still relevant to me? Do they still matter to me? Have accomplished this goal or have I accomplished a phase in this goal? After I have reviewed the last month’s goals, I set my goals for the current month. Some of my goals I am able to accomplish within a month, but others take a while longer and need to be broken down. This is really where my monthly goals come in.
Setting goals is a way that we can motivate ourselves to accomplish great things. People set all sorts of goals. Goals to get into better shape. Goals to get into or to graduate from college. Goals to improve a relationship.
Goals give us a benchmark to aim for and keeps us from procrastinating. I have found that setting goals for myself helps keep me focused. Instead of waiting around all day trying to decide what to work on, I look at my list of goals and I see what steps I need to do that day in order to get a little bit closer to my goals.
When you set goals, it can provide you clarity. For example, if you know that your goal on Instagram is to gain followers who are passionate about sustainable fashion, you’ll be able to fine-tune your strategy in order to accomplish that specific goal.
Even science is on the side of goal setting! Apparently our brains can’t tell the difference between what we have and what we want. So, when we fail to reach the goal we want, our brain takes it as a loss. Don’t worry though, this should actually help to motivate us to reach our goals. When we finally obtain a goal, our brain releases happy chemicals known as dopamine. Our brain releases dopamine,which in turn motivates us to accomplish more of our goals (1).
Goals also allow us to measure our progress. If my goal is to save $5,000 in the next two years and I have currently saved only $1,000, I know I still need to save another $4,000. Or let’s say you have a goal to get an A in a course. You can look at your current grades for the course. Have you been getting mostly A’s and B’s? If you keep up your current study strategy, you will likely be on your way to an A. But let’s say you’ve been getting mostly C’s. Well, then you’ll want to reassess how you’ve been studying, and you’ll want to make sure you make higher grades on your upcoming assignments.
How to set goals using the Level 10 Life Technique.
There are various ways to set goals. I have found quite a bit of success using the Level 10 Life technique of setting my goals. If you haven’t read the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, I highly suggest you do it. It’s a great book. (I will be talking about my Morning Routine in a later blog post and podcast.) In his book The Miracle Morning, Elrod describes what he calls the Level 10 Life. The Level 10 Life is a way for us to assess ourselves in various areas in our lives.
Before you can set your goals, you’ll need a few items. You’ll want something to write on, a piece of paper or a notebook will work-I write mine in my bullet journal! And you’ll want as many pencils or pens as you want to write with. Here’s a great Forbes article that talks about WHY you should write your goals down: Neuroscience Explains Why You Need to Write Down Your Goals if You Actually Want to Achieve Them. Ready to start setting goals?
We are going to first start by creating categories in our life. Now, I think you can use any categories that you feel apply to your life, but here are the common categories:
- Family & Friends
- Personal Development
- Fun & Recreation
- Giving & Contribution
- Physical environment
- Health & Fitness
As I said, all of these categories may not apply to you. You may want to change the career category to education or maybe you want to separate family and friends into two separate categories. These are your goals and you just need to make sure they are tailor-made to you! I’ve found that a Pinterest search for “Level 10 Life” is a great place to find inspiration for categories. For my goals this month, I picked these categories:
- Finance & Career
Well, we should have our categories by now. Let’s go ahead and grade ourselves. In each category, you will give yourself a number from 0 to 10. A zero means that you are completely unsatisfied with your performance in that category. A ten means that you are completely satisfied with your performance in that area. It’s imperative that you are fully honest with your assessment. Don’t worry if you don’t have perfect scores. The purpose of this is to help you have a clear starting point. You can’t accomplish your goals if you don’t know where you are starting from.
After you have graded your categories, you are going to set a maximum of three goals in each category. I think It’s best not to set too many. I also suggest setting a few that can be obtained quickly and others that are more long-term goals. It’s important to set goals that you can see quick results in. Let’s say you want to lose weight. You may want one of your goals to be lose twenty pounds, but you may want another goal to be replace one junk food item a week with something healthier like vegetables. A few of the goals I set were:
- drink a liter of water a day (health)
- visit grandparents at least once a month (relationships)
- study real estate at least 5 hours a week (education)
When you write down your goals, you can be as creative as you want. You can make a simple list. I drew 10 concentric circles then separated it into 6 categories. I then colored in the sections depending on how I scored myself. You can get my free printable by subscribing to the blog (If you are already subscribed and would like the printable, just message me on Instagram.)
I hope that you’ve found this blog post helpful! If you end up creating a Level 10 Life I’d love to see your results. Tag me @_relatablyrachel on Instagram if you take a screenshot of your goals! And don’t forget to listen to the first episode of Goal Setting Gal podcast!