My first book, Stop Settling, Settle Smart is now LIVE!! Can you believe it? You can find it here.
The process for this book has been filled with ups and downs, tears and laughter, and a lot of hair-pulling but I am so happy and proud to share the end result with all of you. Thank you to my fantastic team and everyone else who has supported me along this journey.
One of the main things I talk about in my book is setting smart and achievable goals that you want to achieve. Not what you think everyone else thinks you should be doing, not what you think someone in your position should do, but goals based on your interests and passions.
Find Out What You Really Want
The first step is understanding how you value the various facets of your life. The Stop Settling methodology breaks it down into five facets: Career, Generations (family), Circle (friends), Society (community, and Vitality (health and wellness). And the Stop Settling Quiz was developed specifically to help you honestly prioritize your values. Some facets will be more important than others and that’s okay! We all have different values and we should operate on those. Not by trying to do it all or worse trying to operate on what others think our values should be.
Set SMART Goals
Now, don’t run off, take all that knowledge, and over-burden yourself by setting unrealistic goals. Set smart ones. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Sustainable, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, and Time-boxed. When you set your goals, they need to fall into these criteria so that you can achieve them without burning yourself out. They will also help you achieve your goal in smaller increments so that you can see your progress build. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Set yourself up for success.
Prioritize your Time
It’s really easy to get caught up in all the exciting plans and devote all your time to it. Unfortunately, that won’t get you very far. You need to set up your foundation so you can build on it. Whether that goal is a new business venture, a new house, a new product, or planning a long vacation, you have to prioritize your time wisely. I recommend the 60/30/10 method that I adapted from fortune company CEO Brad Smith. Smith’s methodology applies to leadership teams but I have extended it past that and challenge you to apply it all facets of your life. Simply put, the 60/30/10 method means that you spend 60% of your time on the everyday things, 30% of your time iterating and reimagining what’s already there, and 10% of your time taking those giant leaps towards the passion projects that really excite you, knowing that you have a solid foundation to jump off.
It’s time we started working on setting better and smarter goals based on our priorities instead of trying to balance everything equally.
If you want more detail, definitely check out my book here!