Goal setting can really suck . . . especially if you are not good at it.
There is a stack of information on how to do it . . .
When setting goals traditionally you think about the things you want . . . more money, big house, travel etc. then you write them down (don’t forget to make them SMART), read them out load, visualise them . . . you know what I am talking about!
With the way some experts talk about goals and goal setting you should feel like you’ve been electrified with inspiration!
Some of us . . . those a bit like me, don’t feel a damn thing!
I believe goals are very important but I like to think about them in reverse, you could call it Anti-Goal setting.
10 years ago, I sat down and designed my business and life by fixating on what I don’t like and don’t want with particular emphasis on what I don’t want my work weeks to look like.
Back then I was jet setting a LOT with an outrageous amount of frequent flyer points and constantly feeling out of control. So I set about designing goals to stop and/or avoid my ‘don’t like’ list. It is a very powerful exercise and here’s a snippet of my process.
STEP 1: My worst work week (List the things you want to stop and avoid):
- Working with people I don’t like or trust
- Everyday packed with face-to-face meetings
- Having to be in the office all day, every day
- Travelling away for work
- No time focused on business growth & strategy
- No time for family and friends
STEP 2: My Anti – Goals (Take the list above and design a set of anti-goals)
- Only work with people I and my team would have over for dinner . . . clients are like family
- Where possible schedule phone or video meetings and face to face coaching meetings are no longer than 3 hours
- A flexible office where I can work from home, a café or sit outside on the laptop
- No more than 7 days in a month working away and travel happens during work time
- Never schedule face-to-face meetings on Mondays and Fridays are fee from face to face meetings so the days are dedicated to working on the business.
- Lock in all holidays (school holidays) and family commitments before anything else . . .
STEP 3: Share the anti-goals list with those that can help you implement the changes, such as your partner, family colleagues. My wife, daughters & work team are very good at helping me stick to my list.
The example above is just a small insight into my anti-goals. These anti-goals have become a backbone to how we operate at Business By Design and although we have the odd unavoidable commitment, 99% of the time I have great work weeks.
This process is insanely simple and very powerful. In fact, it was the genesis of my 9/9/9 formula that I encourage my clients to aspire too. What is the 9/9/9 formula I hear you ask? . . . stay tuned to our blog and I will share it with you soon.
A lot of success in life and business comes from knowing what you want to avoid: early death, a bad marriage, etc.,” Charlie Munger
If you are feeling stretched and living to meet the constant demands of your calendar why not try ‘Anti-Goals’. Here is a template to help you follow the steps.
Reverse the traditional goal setting process and reap the benefits. It could be your key to achieving all you want from work & life.