In order to be happy and have true purpose your goals should be aligned with your deepest principles and values and with your most genuine dreams and desires.
Meta Goals or Highest Level Goals Meta goals or our highest level goals usually express large, abstract ideas, like Health, Contribution, Love, Ecstasy, Pleasure, Security, Self expression, Prosperity, Satisfaction.
These goals are what motivate us in all aspects of our life.
Some Meta Goals:
o We want to look good.
o We want to feel good.
o We want to be right in all that we do.
o We want to feel safe.
o We want to avoid pain.
Being consciously aware of our meta goals or higher level goals and the role that they play in our lives is very important. We must realize that we can create our own meta goals. Working with our own meta goals will give us a unique purpose in life which is larger than self-fulfillment.
Goals and Projects – Choosing the Right Career
Your goals must be set by you, Your goals should not be things you think you want or things that please your parents or partners. Look at your meta goals when setting your career goals.
I want my career to make me:
o Feel good.
o I want to be professional and do things right in my career.
o I want to feel really satisfied at the end of each day.
o I want to progress up the career ladder and have high earnings potential.
o I want my career to enable me to provide for my family.
o I want my career to be in balance with my life in order to have a good work/life balance.
Please fill in your own meta goals and truly honour them.
Setting Your Career Goals
o In my career I want to actively enjoy my work at least 3 days a week.
This goal will honour the meta goal of contribution, satisfaction, self expression, and pleasure. On the other days at work I do not mind that I am not enjoying myself because for 3 days of the week I am honouring my meta goals and I feel happy and fulfilled.
Your Goal Must Be Specific
Goals are an intention not a prediction. Goals focus your energy and direct your attention towards things you desire to accomplish.
o My career goal is to find an enjoyable, rewarding career.
o I have 2 months to find an enjoyable, rewarding career.
Managing Your Career Goal List
o Draw up monthly, weekly and daily goals that move you closer to attaining your new career.
Apply for 1 new job every week.
Improve my CV.
Carry out research on the company I am applying to.
Prepare for my interview.
o Revise your list continuously and take out goals that you have decided not to aim for.
o Mark the goals that you have completed.
This process is most effective if done every day.
Set Goals That Are Going To Stretch You
If you want reasonable success and satisfaction create reasonable goals. If you want more than this then you will have to stretch yourself and have extraordinary goals.
o How far are you willing to stretch?
o How extraordinary are you willing to be?
o How can I stretch myself and make extraordinary things happen?
You could look for a mentor, somebody who is doing what you want to do.
o Talk to them.
o Model what they are doing.
o You could employ a career coach.
Find a way to shift your goal from impossible to possible.
Do Not Set Unrealistic Goals
Set your goals based on what you are willing to make happen. This will be difficult and challenging at times but embrace the challenges you face along the way, move forwards and upwards.