Life Alignment Goal Setting

 Determining the Right Goals for You

“Do you find yourself working all the time but never making any headway in accomplishing your goals?

 We all keep busy but is it intentional work we keep at that contributes to our goals or do we stay active without making time to work on our real ambitions? Assessing how we spend our time is a wake up call for most of us.

Guarantee success—align with your life’s purpose. Finding this alignment is what leads ordinary people to become great people.

This seventh in a series of mini-courses, Basic Life Alignment, explores the relationship between attention, motivation, and goal setting for the purpose of aligning with your life’s purpose.  The Avatar Mini Courses are closely aligned with the Life Management Mini Courses. 

Being focused on achieving a goal is important in life, but is your current goal really attainable? Reassess your current hopes for the future and make sure than none of them are too unrealistic. Yes, you have to challenge yourself and push yourself to do better, but at a certain point you could be setting yourself up for failure. Pull back a little. Instead of climbing that mountain today, how about you just ask yourself to get to the second highest peak? You can tackle the highest one later.

Objective: To determine a Right For You Goal
Expected Results:  A life plan that one can begin to follow deliberately

Step 1
Make a list of goals. This list contains goals you are already pursuing or have thought about pursuing or that are stimulated by the following questions.

1. If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you attempt?
2. When are you happiest?
3. What goals have you given up on?
4. What would you really like to do?
5. What excites you most?
6. What would you have to become to do what you want?
7. What do the people you most admire do?
8. What were your goals when you were younger?
9. What would you like to do just for the heck of it?
10. What do you consider that it’s too late to start on?
11. If it weren’t for………what would you do?
12. What might not be impossible?
13. What do you want to achieve in the next year?
14. What do you want to own by the end of the year?
15. What would you like to do by the end of next year?
16. Where would be like to be in two years?
17. Where would you like to be in five years?

Step 2

On your list above, rate the goals you are most interested in according to the following seven criteria:

Rate (1) very doubtful to (5) very certain.

1. The goal invites your attention and interest. Thinking about renews your strength.
1  2 3 4 5

2. Pursuit of the goal produces something of value to you.
1 2 3 4 5

3. The goal offers benefits to others equal to your own.
1 2 3 4 5

4. The goal presents an opportunity for self development (greater competence,
understanding or responsibility.)
1 2 3 4 5

5. The goal is in alignment with a broader group goal and a still broader humankind goal.
1 2 3 4 5

6. The goal allows personal creativity and some degree of self management?
1 2 3 4 5

7. The goal presents the opportunity for personal recognition and some receipt of others’ admiration.
1 2 3 4 5

Add the total score for each goal (35) is a perfect score.

If a goal scores between 25 and 35, its’ probably a Right For You Goal.

If you have several goals that scored between 25 and 35, see If you can come up with a larger, more expansive goal that encompasses and aligns all your RFY goals.

If you had only goals that scored between 15 and 25, see if you can modify one of the goals to score higher.

If all your goals scored below 15, you should take a walk and then repeat this exercise.

Adapted from Resurfacing Avatar materials.

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