In this episode I talk about the importance of seeing all your goals as pieces of just one larger goal. I also give you several practical strategies on how to do this.
Your goals are connected. Every time you set a goal you want to know how it's going to affect all your other goals.
To set a goal, you want to get a sense of what the big picture is that you want to achieve, and then you need to break it up into daily tasks. This is similar to your fitness goal, where you have your goal and you have the individual workouts to get there.
Why is this important?
It makes no sense to pursue one goal and let the rest of your life fall apart. Everything should be going up together.
How to do the exercise
Make a triangle on a piece of paper. Put your personal goal at the top corner. And then add your relationship goal and your career goal in the other corners. In the middle, write the daily actions that you must take in all three of those categories, and you'll see how they relate to each other.
How to apply this in your life
Balance is key! Keep all three parts of this goal in your mind on a daily basis.
Call to action
What are your goals? After doing the exercise let us know how it went on our Facebook page.
Core Balance Podcast Episode 29.
What do you think your body would look and feel like if you continue to move like you did when you were a kid, before fitness became about treadmills and calories. There is a better way and now you've found it. Welcome to the Core Balance Podcast with your host Chris Janke-Bueno.
Hello everyone and welcome to the podcast. I'm so glad to be here today and I'm really glad you are here listening too. I have a couple of stories that I think really resonate with a lot of people that I have told this to already. Basically in my whole life I have always been a goal oriented person. I have always had these big dreams and aspirations that I wanted to achieve. I remember in high school – what year it was, I don't remember exactly, I think it was ’96, I will have to check this out – but Arizona was playing Kentucky in the NCAA Basketball Championship. And I just remember at that point kind of I lit a fire inside of myself watching that game and then during the commercials going out to the driveway and working on my dribbling and passing and shooting and just imagining oh what if it was me, I could do that, I could be in the college level playing for the National Championship. And that was the start of my basketball dream that if you know a couple of years later turned into me with the pursuit of playing semi-pro basketball either overseas or here in the United States. Didn't make it there but that led directly to where I am now as a trainer because I was getting in really good shape. I hired a trainer and I decided you know what this is where I want to go. I enjoy working out. I enjoy the process of conditioning myself to get to the next level in my physical ability.
What I realized though after a couple of years of all these very haphazard goals and big lofty aspirations, I realized that you cannot set a goal without considering what it is going to do to the rest of your life. And I don't mean that in a bad way. I don't mean if I get this goal of playing basketball then the rest of my life is in shambles. I mean how does it relate, how is your family goal going to be affected by your career goal. How is your career goal going to be affected by your health goal? Things like that and I like to see goals as broken down into three main categories. Now you can sub-categorize all these as well but there really are three main categories. I would say the first category is any kind of personal goal that you have. This is your health goal, your spiritual goal, your – any type of actions related to who you are. The second one is your relationship goals, family goals, social goals, friends. And then the third goal is your career goals, work and career.
And so knowing what the top goal is in each category and then knowing how one goal affects the other has been very valuable for me in achieving all of them at the same time because really there's only one goal and that one goal has three parts to it. If you think of it like that I think it's very valuable. Here's an example: currently I have two small children. They require a lot of attention and I wouldn't have it any other way. I want to spend as much time with them as possible. And at the same time I have some pretty big career goals in my business one of them is producing a podcast a day and some other goals as well as far as creating systems in my business and down the line writing a book, creating a video series, all these things that I want to accomplish. And currently I have some pretty big physical goals as well. Physical goals and mental, emotional, spiritual goals that also have to come into play. So I need to first have those goals and then next which – this is where I got caught up for a long time, a long time, this is where I got caught up is how is this going to actually fit in your day to day life. It would make very little sense if I spent a week or two at a time working on my business goal and neglected everything else because every goal is almost designed to be worked on every single day. And if you want balance in your life the key is to start with balance in just one day and then balance the next day and then balance the next day. So every single day it's ideal to be able to work on all three of these categories. So you are working on your personal development. Maybe you have a daily ritual. If you haven't listened to it already I believe its episode, it's either 17 or 19, it's called Daily Habituals, it's a bonus episode of that day. And this is what I do every day to pump myself up, to get into a state of gratitude, of inspiration, of victory so that I can accomplish all my goals. That's part of my personal development goal and that feeds the other goals because when I get into a state where I'm feeling empowered I'm feeling energized and I feel a sense of perspective that I'm grateful for being here on this planet all that contributes to me being in a better state where I'm more resourceful when I'm with my family, I can give them even more of my attention and love and then when I am at work I can focus even more intently on that. So that's an example of how all those three categories can relate to each other.
So as a practical exercise what I would recommend you doing is making a big triangle on a piece of paper and that triangle represents the three parts of your one goal. Remember that one goal is you. It's you better. And the three parts again are personal, relationships and career business. And then in each corner you are going to write maybe a little brainstorm of what you want in each of those areas. In the middle is how you are going to describe, how they are going to relate to each other. So in that way the middle goal is really the goal. The sides of the triangle are pieces of the goal but really what you want is the middle which is how goal A affects goal B and how goal B affects goal C and so on. The alternative is either you overshoot one goal or maybe two goals, you have this lofty dream for your physical body and you pursue that to the detriment of everything else or everything becomes so overwhelming that you don't pursue anything. You just have a bunch of things in front of you that seem like they would be cool to do but nothing is happening. So I strongly recommend doing this. It's so important to have all three of these goals right there front and center and then on another sheet of paper decide what you need to do on a daily basis to achieve that goal. This is what we do in fitness all the time in our fitness studio is take a big goal, what's the big picture for this client and then what are we going to do each time they come in to work out. And I encourage you to think of your other goals that way too. Think of the little tasks that you have to do for your business let's say as little workouts. That one little workout by itself is not going to get you there. But if you miss that workout you are going to feel it. If you miss too many workouts you are definitely going to feel it.
So start to write down some of the daily tasks that you will need to do in order to achieve that bigger goal and here's a hint: it starts with your personal goal. It starts with your physical health and your mental, emotional health and again that podcast, the Daily Habituals, just search for it on the podcast page Daily Habituals and that will give you a good start as far as something to do on a daily basis. I'll put a link to it here as well in the show notes. So that's it for now, I mean it seems so simple I know but it is so powerful to think of your goals in terms of just being one goal with three very important parts to it. So I wish you luck in doing that. And remember I'm doing a podcast a day and I don't want you to miss any of the action. Make sure that you subscribe on iTunes and tell your friends. And drop me a line on the Facebook page as well. I look forward to our conversations. Thanks for listening.
You've been listening to the Core Balance Podcast. I'm your host Chris Janke-Bueno. We'll talk again next time. Until then let's be fit, let's be healthy, let's be happy. It feels good to move, so keep moving.
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