I’m a Life Coach in Los Angeles and my goal setting approach with my clients is two fold.
First, we establish 25 goals. My experience has shown that this really gets my clients’ juices flowing in thinking of everything they might want to improve in their lives. Once we’ve completed the list of 25 goals, I then have them select the top five – the top five immediate goals they want to see affecting their lives.
Once we’ve selected the top five, I ask them to forget the other twenty and to put all of their resources and energy in to making those top five goals a reality.
What I’ve seen is that, it’s easier for my clients to put more energy into five goals, then 25. Focusing on twenty five goals is overwhelming for my clients and they tend to be easily discouraged when, typically, they aren’t accomplishing even one because their energy is spread too thin.
Once one of the five goals has been accomplished, we celebrate, and, like a six shooter, we select one of the remaining twenty and reload the the top five list.
My clients have enjoyed incredible results thanks to this approach.
There is a quote by Confucius that I lend my clients when talking about goals and spreading ourselves too thin:
“The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.”
Ron Swanson from the TV show “Parks and Rec” also has a very profound (and somewhat crass) quote:
“It’s better to whole ass one thing then to half ass two things.”
How many goals have you set for yourself this year? How many have you accomplished?