I regrettably admit the creation of this process was prompted by a friend’s heavy over justification to me about how low they were setting the bar on a certain goal they’d set out to achieve. This was something I wouldn’t have thought twice about had the over-explanation not been so blatant; I had to ask myself where I set “the bar” in various aspects of my life? Was I being honest with myself on either end of the scale?
Sometimes setting the bar low is nice. You quickly get a sense of accomplishment and build momentum from there, all you have to do is step over it and TADA! Doing this all the time however, will lead to feelings of stagnation. Growth and progress in this area of your life is likely to be minimal. Initially is may create a high level of self-esteem, but if you keep doing this you’ll know you can do better, and it can lead to feelings of being an underachiever and a failure.
Then there’s that middle ground: a hop, a jump, a leap, maybe training required before taking a leap?
In my experience the greatest growth comes with the latter 2 on that list, but if all your goals in all aspects of life were set there you’d burn out pretty fast! So where do you set the proverbial bar? Here are 3 sets of questions I like to ask myself when creating my goals:
1. What areas of my life am I really good at, and what ones could use more work? Areas to look at can include: family, career, health, financial, social, spiritual, adventure, etc.
2. Where have I already set the bar in these realms? (this may be written goals, but they may be ideas or beliefs you have set in your mind; they’re there, even if you’re not consciously thinking about them!) Answering this will likely be very telling as to areas of you life you may currently feel like a failure, as well as those where you feel are strengths or successful.
3.What 3 areas (max!) do I want to commit to improving and how high will I set the barfor challenging, learning, growth and success? These are ones you’ll set at “leap” height or “train for the leap” height. In areas where you’re doing better you may want to set a few “step”, “hop”, or “jump” goals to keep your momentum of successful feelings.
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