January 10, 2013 by Darlene McC
Howdy, Amazons! Hopefully you’ve had a week to settle into the idea of 2013 and you’ve stopped writing ’12 in the date by now. If you’re just joining Urban Amazon’s 2013 Goal Setting Funzies click over to The Big Picture to get started since there is an order to these posts.
If you’ve been following along so far you should have: chosen a personal philosophy statement to help you keep on task, brainstormed some things you’d like to do in your life, and gotten a good grip on “I want <blank>, which means <blank>.” statements.
You’re ready to talk about the next 10 years.
The Decade Deal
10 years is a long time. A lot can happen in 10 years. The economy can collapse and recover (a little). The British royal princes can become legal & wed. And everyone can forget that Robert Downey Jr had a heroin problem so we can all love him again (yay!).
But that’s the last 10 years. We care about the next 10 years. Take a good look at your life goal statements for each category. If this is what you want, if these things are who you aspire to become, what will you want to do in the next 10 years to help you get there?
Will you buy your first house in the next 10 years? Build an amazing career? Start a family? Travel? Change your body somehow or your lifestyle? What are the changes you want to make to get you there? Whatever it is, write it out. Use your “I want…” statements with a little twist: “I want <blank> in the next 10 years, which means <blank>.” Some people like to jump to the 5 year goals, but I’m a fan of the decade. I need that extra support beam in this system to keep the whole thing up; but one of the rules is to customize any way you need to, so feel free.
For each category and life goal you’ve created, break it down to as many 10 year goals as you need. Then check back under your statement to see if you’ve kept to your original intention. For example:
Life Goal: I want a home that is ours outright; that means I want to have paid it off while raising my kids there. I want a large outdoor space with the home with plenty of room for a garden, kids, and pets.
Decade: In 10 years I want to have had my own home for awhile; that means decorating our home, creating a comfortable space where family and friends can hang out and relax, having a huge garden and usable outdoor space, and at least 4 bedrooms. A fix-er-upper would be okay, but by 10 years from now I want most of that work done.
Be honest with yourself about what you want and put it in as clear terms as you can manage.
Tools of the Trade
So that it! Or is it? Sometimes the best way to unlock a project is to have the right tool. Below are a few different tools to help you map your goals as they unravel in your mind.
Freemind – Mind maps are fantastic.
Remember those diagrams you made in high school where you had tiers of circles that branched off into more circles? If that sounds like something you were into, you’ll love free mind. There’s also apps for Droid & Apple if you want to build your mind map on the go (I use these for projects too). I like to put my statement in the middle, branch off to the goal categories, then branch off to the 10 year goals, etc. Works great as a visual to help include your spouse.
Excel Spreadsheet – For your easy-plug-in-reference, here’s a Urban Amazon Goal Setting Template ready to accept your goal-y goodness. You’re welcome! Don’t forget to add extra rows as you need them. There are future categories in there that we’re going to use when we get there, as well as a training calendar template should you need one for workouts in 2013. Enjoy.
Good Ole Pen & Paper – Of course, you could always write them down in a notebook. Durable, portable, and easy to jot down ideas and updates in without electric needs.
Next week we’re going to talk about 5 year goals on Tuesday and 1 year on Thursday. If you want to work ahead a little this weekend that’s a’okay; but the 1 year goals are a little more specific so don’t get too ahead of yourself.
In the last full week we’ll talk about planning out the year, and then how to write your short term steps in a specific way to maximize recent psychological studies to change your habits and really get somewhere this year.
I’m really excited about helping you. Let me know how the work is going.
You can find the next step in our January 2013 Goal Setting Extravaganza at