“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

As a Fitness Professional you know that goals are super important to progress.  I envision goals like looking through a funnel of my future life.  Everything is very focused and narrow at first.  These are the daily, weekly and monthly goals.  As my vision widens with the expansion of the funnel, so do the goals.  For instance, after the daily, weekly and monthly goals, I’ll have the 1, 3, 5, 10 year goals, etc., each less focused than the one before.  Finally, at the end of my vision is me, at the end of my life, reflecting on my life.  Was I happy with what I had accomplished?  Did I regret working too much or chasing other people’s dreams rather than my own?  Did I give back enough or leave the world a little bit better?  Was I a good husband and a good father?  Basically, did I have a successful life?

So a few things about this.
(1) I work from the widest part of the funnel in.  The widest part of the funnel really involves my values, beliefs and my “why” as a person.  Those help to guide everything else below it.

(2) The middle of the funnel is a little hazy.  I have some ideas as to where I want to be in 10 years based on where I am now and where I want to be at the end of my days, but I don’t get so locked into those goals that I have complete blinders on.  Some may say that this is a mistake – that the blinders will help me achieve my goals.  But I know that I’m dedicated to learning and growing so knowing what I know now, what is realistic in 10 years, may really only take 5 years once I grow as a person.  I read something recently that went something like this, “The person you are today can not obtain, own & control the dreams you have for tomorrow.  Who you are today is not capable of having that or you would already have it.”  With that said, I’m a bit hesitant to set solid goals in the future because I may be putting a huge ceiling on what I’m really capable of.

Further, life happens.  I believe that there are different paths that I can take that will make me successful and happy as I look back at my life.  Because I’m on a certain path right now, doesn’t mean that I have to stay on that path forever.  Opportunities are created but you have to be open minded enough to see them.

(3) The goals right in front of me are clear.  I’m trying a new system here where I set 3 big goals every month.  My weekly and daily goals involve accomplishing tasks that guarantee that these goals get accomplished.  There are obviously other things that must get done on a daily basis, but I make sure that I get at least 1 thing done for my big monthly goals.   These goals are clear because I know where I am now and where I want to be in 3 months a year so I can really break down what needs to get done.

So, that’s how I look at goals.  I was actually planning on writing about creating specific financial goals for your business but this came out instead.  I guess there’s going to have to be Part 2.

Do you have goals for your life?  For your business?  For your relationship?  Let me know in the comments.