“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
After work, during what we kiwis call ‘Beer O’clock’, I was asked pretty important question that I hadn’t been asked in quite some time.
“What do you want to do with your life?” “What are your plans for the coming years?”
While I do have a pretty good idea of what I want to work towards this got me thinking about my current mind-set.
I have become more ‘mindful’ as they say, living in the present moment with a relatively new goal setting exercise.
Here is a simple mind set change to perform on yourself. (Gamers this is pretty relevant to you)
Ask yourself if life were a video game how would you play it?
Imagine yourself as the protagonist. How do you want to think, look, and act?
What would you want to be like and what would you want to be doing?
Decide this and then work towards it. Put out an actionable plan and just like in your RPG’s level up in the areas you want.
How do you play this game you ask?
Well first get a piece of paper – yes this is a tactile experience.
On the first half write down everything that you know you need or want to improve on. Character based i.e. will power, habits, specific knowledge about a subject, social skills.
On the second half write down tangible/physical things that you want to have achieved or developed i.e. certain amount of money towards savings or a travel fund, an object of necessity, a certain bodyweight or strength achievement.
Put this piece of paper in your room. In a place that you can see it from your bed so you are reminded of it every time you wake up and go to sleep. Wake up and start the day with a mind-set and a clear goal of ‘adding stats’ or’ talent points’ (remember it is a game) to at least 2 subjects written down.
I find that when you wake up instantly instilling a goal orientated mind-set you feel more awake and more excited for the day ahead. When you accomplish something towards one of those goals early on in the day it gives you a little victory feeling. A feeling of progression – just like in a game.
It is important that these are relatively short term goals. No longer than 6 months away or else there is a lack of urgency.
This isn’t ‘My 5-10 year plan’ approach.
While you should have a general idea of where you want to be heading in 5-10 years this isn’t an exercise for that.
Because of this shorter timeline and the small victories stacking up along the way I believe that I am constantly building momentum everyday towards these goals, and most of the time checking them off my list faster than anticipated.
Who knows I could be completely wrong. This is all just my unprofessional advice.
You’ll notice I have been ranting and raving about ‘Mind-set’ throughout my blog. There will be more of that coming up so stay tuned!
P.S. In other news I’ve begun conducting a new Experiment of the Wolf, I’m pretty excited about. I’ll keep the details hush for now but expect an update in September. #Hype