How to Choose Goals

Small goals snowball into big achievements and everyone likes snowballs.

– Allan the Kiwi

Last post I talked about how the only way to feel successful is to complete goals you truly care about. But how do you go about picking goals and making success a reality? Well you’re in luck Kiwi’s are fantastic at setting up goals!

Step 1: Write them down!

Those berries look great

Even for a Kiwi bird that has been given the super power of thought, I still have trouble remembering everything. That’s why I always take a napkin from the garbage outside a local Starbucks, and use my beak to write down important stuff I want to remember. Goals are in my opinion the most important thing to right down. They change all the time so it’s important to keep track of them. So grab a napkin or a hand computer and get ready to start coming up with goals.

Step 2: Brainstorming Goals

Now that you have somewhere to write down your goals, you’ll need to make sense of whats important to you. Take a second to think to yourself: “If I could achieve anything right this second, what would make me the most proud?” For me I found that answer to be a few things, some big some small and that’s exactly what you’re looking for! Here is my list written down:

  1. Find a leftover french fry on the ground
  2. Start a blog to communicate with humans
  3. Eat a strawberry from the local farmers market
  4. Walk down a new street in the city everyday
  5. Make a new friend

The list can be filled with anything you feel will bring joy to your life if you were to accomplish it no matter how big or small. Don’t worry about the order of these, we’ll get to that next.

Step 2.5: Wait! I still don’t know what Goals to pick!

Oh wow he looks stressed

It can be quite hard to understand which goal would make you feel the most proud of if you haven’t accomplished it, that makes sense so let’s try something else to help! Think about something you were able to accomplish in your past, maybe it was building a cool fort or scoring the most points for your orange ball and net team. When I was a young Kiwi, I always loved to draw things in the sand with my beak. It brought a lot of joy being able to express my creativity. So now that you’ve thought about some past achievements that brought you joy, let’s see if there’s a way to turn those into future goals. If you liked building forts then maybe building is something you really enjoy, so a future goal could be to build something bigger or more intricate like a skyscraper!! .. Or even maybe a wooden chair (might be easier to start with). You see, past achievements help give us clues into what types of things give us joy. If you look back and still remember and feel accomplished by completing something, it must mean you cared about it deeply and should use it as a starting point for potential future goals. Take some time to reflect on your past and when you’ve got a list of future goals, continue onto step 3.

Step 3: Weighing the Goals

Just like big rocks near the beach, goals can weigh a lot. What I mean is some goals might be really difficult which can make them seem intimidating. Luckily I know a way make those goals feel more like pebbles at the beach, but first we need to give every goal a Difficulty rank. For this part, arrange each goal from least difficult to most like this:

  1. Find a leftover french fry on the ground
  2. Eat a strawberry from the local farmers market
  3. Walk down a new street in the city everyday
  4. Make a new friend
  5. Start a blog to communicate with humans

Great we can see the easiest goals are closer to the top and the harder ones are to the bottom. Now let’s rank the goals one last time. This time we want to rank them by Priority. This means choose the goals you think are most important to be completed first. Here’s my ranking for priority:

  1. Eat a strawberry from the local farmers market
  2. Make a new friend
  3. Start a blog to communicate with humans
  4. Walk down a new street in the city everyday
  5. Find a leftover french fry on the ground

Let me justify why I put these goals in the order I did. Farmers markets are only going to last a couple more months before they migrate for the winter, that means if I want to complete my goal I have to focus on it now. I listed Walk down a new street in the city everyday as low on the list because while it brings me joy, I know if I miss a day or two I can still make progress on my goal when I have time to commit to it.

Step 4: Add up the Scores

To get your final list of goals, take the list rank from each list and add them together. For example Eat a strawberry from the local farmers market was ranked 2nd in difficulty and 1st in priority, so 2+1 = 3. Here’s my list after adding them together

  • 3 – Eat a strawberry from the local farmers market
  • 6 – Make a new friend
  • 6 – Find a leftover french fry on the ground
  • 7 – Walk down a new street in the city everyday
  • 8 – Start a blog to communicate with humans

There you have it a list of goals and a number next to it. So what does this number imply? Well the goals with the lowest number could be considered easy wins for you. These are goals that you could probably get out of the way sooner rather than later as they have some urgency behind them and are considered relatively easy to complete. So what about the bigger number goals? Well the biggest numbers imply that they may be difficult to complete but there also isn’t tons of urgency which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start as soon as possible with trying to complete them, it just means we can take our time and plan out how to break down the goal into more manageable chunks.

Breaking Down Big Goals

Large goals can seem pretty intimidating, but the larger the goal, usually the more potential for joy it could bring to you. That’s why we need to find a systematic way to break down larger goals so that they can feel achievable. Let’s use my goal of Start a blog to communicate with humans as an example.

First we want to make a sub goal that is something we feel can be accomplished in a single day. For my example this could be writing a single blog post in a day. Next we want to have a sub goal that we feel could be accomplished in a week. For me this will be to write 5 blog posts in a week. Notice how I didn’t say 7 because we always want our goals to be something we believe can be accomplished always. If theres a day or two a week where I’m not able to work on a blog post, that is totally fine and doesn’t affect my overall progress. Finally we want to have a goal for the end of a month. This subgoal should be something more meaningful that will begin to show the progress towards your final goal. In my example something like having 5 blog posts that people really enjoy could be a great goal. If people are beginning to really enjoy some of my posts then it shows that my writing is getting better and hopefully the next month I can work towards having even more enjoyable posts!

Conclusion

Choosing goals is the most important piece of becoming successful and happy because without goals, you have nothing to work towards or accomplish! Choosing goals can be difficult, but if you look at past achievements and find what things you’re most proud of, then you can write them down, prioritize them, and break them into meaningful obtainable subgoals. And that’s all there is to it you’ll be achieving your goals in no time!

Feel free to leave some strawberries next to the fries!

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