I worked with someone who sent me this list of goals:
- Smoke less
- Drink less
- Have less fun
I love this! In theory, these are great goals. I wasn’t sure about the ‘have less fun’ goal but she explained that when she goes out to bars and ‘has fun’, she drinks too much which then gives her the urge to smoke. She feels that she can go to other locations if she wants to be social without feeling like she has to drink.
So the first thing we did was to change the order of her goals. She feels that she is a social drinker and smoker. She knows that these are not good for her health and she was ready to make a plan for herself. The first thing we did was to change the order of her goals since they are all related.
Have less fun > Drink less > Smoke less
When we are looking at health goals, you are more likely to succeed when you can answer ‘what is your why?’ Make them personal! The 7 Levels Deep approach comes from Dean Graziosi’s Millionaire Success Habits and is used to keep fine tuning why you are setting out to make a goal and why it is important to you. Here is an example of this using her goals:
- What do you want to do? I want to go out to bars less.
- Why is that important to you? So I can drink less.
- Why is that important to you? So I can smoke less.
- Why is that important to you? It isn’t healthy.
- Why is that important to you? I have asthma.
- Why is that important to you? It makes me cough too much.
- Why is that important to you? Coughing makes me pee on myself.
All kidding aside, this is just another approach to help you make goals that you can reach. There are many tools available to help you write out your thoughts and to give you guidance on how to make them happen. The most important thing is that you are thinking about what is important to you.
Think about it, write it down and then make an action plan.