General, Goals

Life Map: A Goal Setting System

Writing down our goals and breaking them down into small, doable tasks is how we get extraordinary results.

Good builders don’t build without a blueprint. So why would we make the mistake of just winging life and taking whatever it gives us, when we can make actual plans and live a life of our own design?

Lifestyle by design → making our dream life a reality. It’s totally doable, ya just have to know what you want. And that’s where the Life Map comes into play!

Let’s create a Google spreadsheet. Categories going down, Goals going across.

Or just download a template of mine here 🙂

Choose 3-5 categories

What are your top 3-5 categories that you’d like to set big “someday” goals in?

  • Personal
  • Fitness
  • Health
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Romance
  • Charity

Someday goal

Next, we’re going to come up with a “someday goal” for each category. This is where visualizing what you want your life to look like comes in handy! It’s the perfect time to write out your dream life.

Once you have a someday goal for each category, let’s move on to each category individually:

5 year goal

What’s the one thing I can do in 5 years that will help me accomplish my someday goal?

1 year goal

What’s the one thing I can do this year that will help me accomplish my 5 year goal?

1 week goal

What’s the one thing I can do this week that will help me accomplish my 1 year goal?

Daily goal

What’s the one thing I can do today that will help me accomplish my 1 week goal?

BONUS: Right now goal

What’s the one thing I can do right now that will help me accomplish my daily goal?

Wrapping Up

The Life Map will keep you on track toward your goals, and will help you make big and small decisions you’ll be faced with down the road – “will saying yes to this push me toward my goals or away from them?”

The Life Map is a tool, and must be used on an on-going basis to get the best results possible. Yes that means reviewing your sheet daily 🙂

Your Life Map will be ever-evolving as you accomplish goals and replace them with new ones, so don’t get stuck on getting everything written out perfectly before taking action on your daily goals. Goals may change, even categories may change. The key is to keep up on the dailies and adjust along the way.

Take control of what you can control. Small actions lead to big results.

Commit to the Life Map and create the life of your dreams 🙂

X Cor

General, Healthy Habits

Define Your Values

Define what your pushing and pulling motivators are: what is pulling you, and what is pushing you to achieve a specific goal?

These motivators, aka values, are what we base our daily decisions off of.

Sometimes our pushing and pulling motivators conflict, like…

‘I don’t want to be uncomfortable’ (push)…

And ‘I want to be successful’ (pull).

However without being uncomfortable… it’s difficult to achieve success.

See the conflict in values here?

Going with the example above, if we are faced with the decision to call someone who could help us…

If we choose not to call because we don’t want to be uncomfortable…

We are valuing the comfort more than the success.

Changing Values

When we want to change a value because it’s no longer serving us…

We use the reframing technique.

Reframing is like rescripting the dialog that your mind creates and repeats over and over again.

Sooo, let’s write a new dialog!

Instead of ‘I don’t want to be uncomfortable’…

Let’s say ‘every time I am uncomfortable, I am that much closer to success.’

Anytime we hear that old mental dialog, replace it with the new.

Think of it as often you as need to.

Repeat this reframing process with all the values you want to change.

Remember that your values need a ton of attention…

But when you put in the hard work to change them…

They will help you make better life decisions. Totally worth it.

So sit down. Think. What are my values? What am I basing my decisions on?

Reframe your values and stick them on your wall as a constant reminder of the standards you set for yourself.

If you’re curious…

Here are some of my values and what they mean to me…

  • ETHICS: always do what’s right & just
  • HONESTY: be truthful & transparent
  • INTEGRITY: do what I said I’ll do
  • KINDNESS: create positive ripples
  • RESPECT: treat all things with love
  • SIMPLICITY: make the complex simple

Hope this brought some insight!

Remember that we have the power to choose our values.

It’s equally important that we voluntarily choose values for ourselves…

Because they [values] are what we base our daily decisions off of.

And as you know, you’re either running on auto-pilot or making conscious decisions…

Choosing our own values paves the way for our reactions and behaviors.

Happy choosing!
x Corie