Values-based actions cumulate to a fulfilled life.
– Gbolade Ogunfowote
This is a four part series, these are all the posts in this series:
In the previous post, we developed a new way of taking action.
Values → Goals → Actions → Habits → Results
You can read that post here. Now that you know your values, it’s time to set goals.
We’ve all heard about SMART goals (ok, maybe not everyone). It is the best guide for goal setting I have come across. There are slight variations in what each acronym stands for but generally it means.
S – specific
M – measurable
A – achievable
R – results-oriented
T – time-bound
With this as our guide, we’re going to set goals that are based on our values and are SMART. I’ll share my values and some of my goals to serve as an example. My values are:
- To successfully execute my ideas and concepts into reality
- To continually improve and expand my skills and knowledge
- To be healthy and fit both physically and mentally
- To be self-disciplined, focused, consistent and persistent in important areas of my life
- To be understanding and forgiving of both myself and everyone else
- To build a legacy that outlives me by several generations
- To always have enough to enable me and mine live well and pursue our dreams to the highest standard
At this point I would like to point out a major difference between values and goals. Values are principles we live by, they are never achieved or attained, they are not actions, instead, they define our way of life. Goals on the other hand are results-oriented, achievable, and time-bound unlike values. Please don’t get fixated on a particular way to live out your values, you can live according to your values in many different ways. The beautiful thing about values is that they provide a constant and immediate sense of success, no matter the reality of your situation, and they can also guide our conscience to know what actions or thoughts are in line with our values. For instance, everyday I go to the office or engage in any money making venture, I know I’m in line with value 7 regardless of if whether I fail or succeed, anytime I execute an idea, even if it is trying out a new recipe for pancakes, I know I’m living true to value 1, even if it tastes like ash.
Here are a few goals of mine for each value respectively:
- Post regularly on this blog.
- Learning all I can on a new subject every 2 months.
- Take fruits each day.
- Record and reduce distractions while I work and consequently minimize them and the time they consume.
- To settle any self-judgement I have and sincerely proclaim I feel great every morning.
- Building my business day by day.
- Take a look at my financial accounts daily before I go to bed.
These are just a few examples, I have several goals for each value, some are daily, some are long term. This leads us to another classification of goals based on time. Short-term, Medium-term, Long-term. As the popular saying goes: “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. It is important to classify goals based on how long it will take, remember two of the tenets of goal-setting are achievable and time-bound. It takes longer times to achieve some goals, some are done repeatedly. For example, a short term goal may be to get registered at a local gym nearby, medium-term goal may be to visit the gym at least 3 times a week after you register, while the long-term goal may be to get a six-pack or lose 10 kilos.
Once we have our goals all set, the next step is action right? NO! I made this mistake myself, and it was frustrating, the next step is Planning. We’ll discuss about planning in the next post.
Let me know in the comments below some of your values and their corresponding goals.