What is it that you want in life that you haven’t managed to get?
Do you want to make more money? Do you want to be happier? Do you want to spend more time traveling? Do you want to learn to speak a different language? Do you want to be greeted by ten puppies when you get home everyday?
What is it?
There’s a quote that I heard from the Entrepreneur Derek Sivers (although I think Oprah also said it) and, paraphrased, it is that you can have everything that you want in life just not all at once.
This idea really excites me but at the same time it actually really scares me. Essentially, it means that all of those loose goals and aspirations you have flying around in your head are things that you can actually do, but you have to pick one to fully commit to first.
For procrastinators (or aspiring Renaissance men) like myself, I find that it has been super difficult for me to commit to one thing. Whether that really is because I want to do so many things at once or if it’s because I’m afraid to commit to one pursuit, I can’t tell you right now. I suspect that it is probably a combination of the two as is often the case.
However, how can people like us actually commit to something and stick with it?
Well, I have a method.
It’s called the Seasonal Goals Method.
The Seasonal Goals Method is simple.
It involves picking goals for each season and committing to them for just three months at a time.
That’s manageable, right?
For me, I like to pick three goals each season—although they have to be in different categories and they have to be ranked—and then working only on those for that three month span. At the end of each season, then—and only then—can I choose a new, different goal or continue with the goals that I have set up for myself.
I like to think of my life in the categories of Body, Mind, and Soul. Each season I will think of something that I want to improve about my body—whether that’s exercise related, diet related, or activity related. Next, I will choose a goal that has to do with my mind—which for me has to do with career and financial goals. These are the primary focus of my analytical mind and thus that’s why I keep them in this category. Lastly, I will think of something in the category of soul—which for me is something that has to do with any creative goals or just general curiosities that I have about learning in general.
While categorizing my three seasonal goals into these Body, Mind, and Soul categories is a little bit arbitrary, I find that it just helps me keep my priorities straight when I’m trying to think of what is important to me.
Additionally, this method is particularly effective for people trying to build new habits, because research suggests that it takes about two months (66 days to be exact) to make them stick. If you’ve successfully focused on a new habit with the Seasonal Goals Method for three months, there is a good chance that it will be second nature by the time you are ready to create a new goal at the start of the next season.
Anyway, I hope that my Seasonal Goals Method will help you—if you’re a scatter-brained procrastinator like me—to stick to your goals and accomplish what you want to in life.