What is the “biggest, hairiest, most audacious” goal you have ever set for yourself?
This was the opening question posed to those who attended Spence Club’s Set it. Get it. September workshop.
Members and newbies to our Club were invited to an evening led by Jodie Nevid of The 7 Effect, designed to help them identify, define and pursue their goals.
From launching a cabaret show or starting a business to publishing a children’s book and living abroad, big ideas were flowing from the start.
These are what The 7 Effect team calls your “Dare to Dream” goals. And this kind of big picture thinking is important at the beginning, Jodie told us.
But how do we get there?
Here are our key takeaways from this Spence Club goal setting workshop:
- First step – write it down. “As soon as you write your goals down something happens at a subconscious level that you start to believe in them a little more,” Jodie says. Once you know where you’re going, yearly and monthly plans are needed.
- Yearly goals should be specific, set around milestones and realistic given your workload etc.
- Monthly goals should be small, practical and help you to “eat the elephant one bite at a time”.
- Along the way, stay accountable. You could start a “goals club” among friends, meeting monthly to share progress. Setting up a “fines” system – paying a small amount if achievable goals aren’t reached within reasonable timeframes – may help motivate some.
- And if you haven’t done it after quite some time, maybe take it off the list. Flexibility is ok!
Don’t know where to start? Jodie led us through a great exercise you can try at home:
For the following 7 areas of your life, allocate a score out of 10 based on how you feel about it now (0 being worst and 10 being best):
- Brain (calm or manic?)
- Body (how you treat it and see it)
- Being (your home/work/social environment)
- Love (of partners, family, friends and self)
- Passion (from hobbies to your career)
- Time and Money (do you have enough of each and are you using it wisely?)
Now ask yourself why you gave it that score?
Next, think about what it would take to make that score 10/10?
Then write about your 10/10 version “as if” it was reality. How does it look and feel? Reading this back over time will help to visualise your success.
For more guidance, you can sign up for The 7 Effect’s free, online Life Audit and a free 30-minute video coaching session.
Thanks to the Hotel Richmond for hosting our group for drinks and canapes in their gorgeous balcony space, overlooking Rundle Mall, and function room upstairs, Grays PR for sponsoring our welcome drinks and The 7 Effect and The Advertiser for donating exciting door prizes.
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– Lauren Novak