Often when we set goals, we look at them in isolation and do not relate each goal with how it affects the rest of our life. For example, when you set a goal for getting in shape, you’ll have to consider what time you can get in your regular exercise as well as plan your meals. If you have a family, both of these things will affect them. And if you work, you’ll have to account for the time around your work hours that will allow you time to meet your goal. Do you see how just the goal of getting in shape is not just about your physical or health goals, but could also affect your relationships, your work and maybe even your financial goals?
When you look at Ziglar’s Wheel of Life, you will see that is is separated into 7 parts or spokes and each of the parts relates to the 7 areas of your life:
- Your Personal Life and Social Life: This includes who you spend your time with as well as the things you spend your personal time doing.
- Your Work Life: Are you where you would like to be in your work or career?
- Your Family Life: Do you spend time nurturing your family relationships?
- Your Spiritual Life: Do you make time to study and grow spiritually?
- Your Money: How well are you doing to meet your monthly, yearly budget? Are you saving? Investing?
- Your Mind/Intellect: Do you read books, do crossword puzzles, learn new things, study to improve your knowledge and develop yourself personally and keep your mind strong?
- Your Health: Do you have a healthy lifestyle – regular exercise, eat healthy – to live as long as you can?
The idea of the Wheel of Life is that every part of our life is important, and when one area is out of harmony or out of balance, it puts a strain on the other areas. In the workbook companion to, Born To Win: Find Your Success Code, Ziglar gives instructions for giving yourself a rating from 1 to 10 on how well you feel you are doing in each of these areas. The areas where you are not doing as well as you know you could be are the areas where you want to spend time improving in order to get your life back in harmony. Remember we talked about priorities a few weeks back? You can use a tool like the Wheel of Life to give yourself a good idea of where to focus your priorities and attention.
Once you know which areas you want to focus on, the next step is to set goals in each of the areas that will help you bring about the level of achievement or accomplishment you desire. For example, if you score yourself a 5 in relationships or personal life, and you want to be closer to a 10, set a goal that will get your closer to achieving the kinds of relationships you want.
Here are Zig Ziglar’s 7 Steps To Setting Actionable Goals
(Note: The keyword here is “Actionable”)
- Step 1: Identify the Goal. Write a clear description of what you want to achieve.
- Step 2: List the Benefits. Write out what reward, benefit or positive outcome you will achieve when you achieve your goal.
- Step 3: List Obstacles That Could Get In Your Way. Things like having enough time, limited resources or simply lack of
- Step 4: List the Skills and Knowledge Your Need To Reach Your Goal. Even if it’s information you don’t yet have, write it down, then go to step 5.
- Step 5: Identify the People and Groups To Work With. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, outsource an action item (or a few) and enlist people who can help you reach your goal.
- Step 6: Develop a Plan of Action. Write out each step or task that you’ll need to complete in order to reach your goal as well as how you’ll achieve it.
- Step 7: Set a Deadline. The great thing about actionable goals is there is an end in sight. Set a deadline based on your plan of action and list of obstacles and knowledge required. This means you may need to give yourself more time to complete certain milestones, but do your best to set a firm deadline to give yourself a date to work towards.
What do you think? Do you see ways this can help you get a better idea of where to put your focus and how to set goals that matter? Now that you know how to set your goals, next week, I’ll share with you several tools and apps that will help you track and reach your goals.
In the meantime, take a moment to think about where you are and whether you’re on track with where you want to be. Use the Wheel of Life to think about the 7 main life-balance parts of your life. And for even more guidance, grab a copy of Born to Win. It’s a great read and takes you into more detail along with the motivation to keep you inspired along the way.