Lovelies, today’s exercise is called “Thank someone today”. This whole post is dedicated to one person. This person has helped me discover myself and kept me sane through goal setting. I hope that you will benefit from this post, and put this into practise. You can do it!
It was timely that I met Taher Topiwala during a business coaching workshop last two years. Taher is a Business Coach, and he specialises in Goal Setting. He is known as the #BuzzMan. He believes that all of us are honey bees, and we can buzz our way towards our dreams and goals.
Doesn’t this reminds you of a song? Actually it does remind me of Zee Avi’s Honey Bee!
Don’t get distracted — you’ll get to hear the tune at the end of this post okay!
What Taher taught all the participants was to set goals for yourself. When you have a goal, you become more focused and all other distractions tend to get away. At that time, I was still confused on what my goal was, but I got better. I focused on baby steps, tiny goals to keep me going. One of the goals I made was to recover for the rest of 2015, and pause Noruyo.com during this process. I spoke to no one about my struggle, and I didn’t tell my lovelies what I was going through because I didn’t want you to worry. I did receive some concerned lovelies asking if I was still taking orders. I know you need me, but I couldn’t disappoint you at that time. If God Wills, I will resume end of 2016 in time for your new 2017 ya!
Fast forward to today — Day 13 of 2016. I’ve set new goals for year 2016, starting from October 2015 when I found myself fully recovered. And it’s amazing what goal setting does to you… because I’m halfway mark to achieving my January goals! Amazing when I reflect on them.
To make this post easy to read, I’ll list my tips to getting started with goal setting. It helps me, so I hope it will help you as well!
1. Make sure you are in a great environment to do this exercise
A library helps ALOT. Go to your local library, or a school library. Listen to some calming tunes, and get yourself ready for this exercise. You might need to spend 15-30 minutes to just sit and think. If you are detail-oriented like me, you might need 2 hours. It’s okay, how long you need is how long you need. Take the day off if you need to. This is by far the most important exercise I’ve had in my life. It’s even more important than NAPHA test, or O-levels. REALLY!
2. Grab that pen and paper, and start WRITING!
Hate to break it to you, but there really is no better way to plan your goals than to actually WRITE THEM DOWN! Technology has made us really lazy, and we tend to be so lazy to lift a finger. Writing down your goals initiate muscle memory, sending signals to your brain that THIS is what needs to be done to achieve your goals. Don’t you want your brain to automatically know what to do, when to do, for your goals to be achieved? Then, push your phone and laptops away and just spend time with the lovely pen and paper.
3. Start with the main goal, and go down to the smaller goals
You can use our free worksheet to help you begin your goal setting process.
Start with the main goal, the one that you’d like to achieve the most. For me, honestly is to have a happy family, and stable income to enjoy time with them. Plan how long this might take. I chose 5 years to ensure stable income for me to spend quality time with my family.
Now that you know what your main goal is, it’s time to get down to the details. Follow the boxes as you identify how you will get to your main goal. For me, I knew that if I wanted income stability, I have to focus on an income generator. In my case, that was my business. I expanded the detail on how to let my business grow big within that 5 years in order for me to feel freedom.
4. Being the perfectionist I am, I recommend that you type your goals and print them out!
Once you’ve completed the exercise, you can choose my path and type out your goals in a spreadsheet with deadlines. You can view my quick video tutorial on how I create my goal setting spreadsheet, because I’m organised like that.
Alternatively, you can wait for end of this year where I will launch our organisation series. Stay in the loop to be the first to know when we release our organisation series.
5. Envision the realities of all those goals
Visualisation always helps us achieve what we want. Keep visualising and keep visualising what you want to achieve in life. Spend at least some time a week to relook your goals so you know where you need to go to get there. I kept looking at my 2016 goals since October 2015. Today, I’ve achieved half of them and I’m literally at the half-way mark of the month. How cool is that?
6. It’s okay to adjust deadlines, if you need to
Sometimes, we tend to go overboard when we plan our goals and action plan. If at any point in time where you see and strongly think that the goals are unreachable by those deadlines, adjust them to make it more realistic. Don’t be afraid to admit that you went overboard. What matters is the action plan towards getting and attaining your goals.
Get your pens and paper ready!
As promised, here’s Zee Avi’s Honey Bee! Go grab a cuppa tea with honey and start your homework as well. Ready? Go!