Have you ever gotten into a funk and needed to turn your life around? Have you ever set a bunch of goals and then failed to accomplish them?
I have, a lot! I’ve learned that when coming back from a setback or a funk you’ve got to identify a couple of Keystone goals: One or two goals that would make the biggest difference in your life if you achieved them. These are the goals will give your life the biggest bang for the buck.
The first step is to create an inventory. Any business knows it needs to keep track of it’s assets and liabilities in order to see where it is at.
First, I started with my liabilities, or the things I was not happy with. I weighed 271 lbs., just came out of bankruptcy, had no money in savings and was going nowhere. That totally sucks! I knew I had to change or else I would be in the exact same place in a year.
Next, I created a gratitude list. A gratitude list will put your problems into perspective.
I listed over 100 things I was grateful for. Things like a warm place to sleep, heat, hot water, eyesight, hearing, my cleaning business, food, a place to keep the food, a band to play music with, the ability to read, etc. I needed to list the assets and the opportunities I had along with the challenges I faced.
I realized I had 2 or 3 problems I was facing and over 100 things in my favor. This put my mind into a positive perspective.
After you create a gratitude list and have the proper perspective, it is time to identify what results will change your life.
For me it was having $1,000 in savings and losing 71 lbs. These two goals are my ‘Keystone’ goals. By achieving these two goals alone my life would be changed.
Losing weight would give me more confidence in myself and having money in savings would help me relax and worry less. I eat more when I’m worried so these two goals compliment each other.
Identifying your Keystone goals must be followed by listing the daily actions that will help you achieve them.
My daily actions were to lift weights 3 times per week, do cardio 5 times per week, track my daily eating and exercise with the Livestrong app
meditate 5 times per week, go hiking 4 times per month, read 30 minutes per day, read affirmations daily, etc.
By now you basic plan is already laid out on paper. Here comes the crucial moment. Now you have to look yourself in the mirror and commit to your Keystone goals and take action!
I decided that if I accomplished nothing else, I would accomplish my Keystone goals. I went to bed by 9 pm to avoid late night eating and to help me get up at 5:30am to go to the gym. I created a monthly budget and a shopping list and disciplined myself to lower my spending and increase my savings.
After a week of taking action it is time to review your goals, actions and results weekly. This has kept me on track whenever I slacked off a little bit.
Here’s a tip: When you are doing your review, ask yourself this question: “Am I better off now then I was a week ago?” That question has kept me honest and on track and kicked me in the ass when I needed it.
And it worked! In November my goal was to lose 20 lbs. and I lost 17 lbs. My goal was to save $500 and I put $550 into savings. If you read my last blog post then you know the important lesson I’ve learned about goals: not reaching your goals is fine, just don’t quit. The cumulative results of goals over a 6 month period of time will change your life. Keep moving forward.
Step 7 is more of a principle than a step. Author Dan Miller says that the confidence from reaching a goal in one area of your life will spill over into other areas of your life. By working and achieving one or two of your Keystone goals you will have the confidence to start putting the same actions into other areas of your life.
For me, working towards my two Keystone goals and achieving positive results have given me the confidence to reach out and start working on some business goals. Writing more is one of those goals, so it is working!
Have you identified the one or two goals in your life that would transform your life? Would you like to share them?