TLP 12. How I break down my vision into tangible actions.

This morning I woke up with a tremendous renewed level of motivation and inspiration. I had a cup of coffee, did some stretching exercises and re-discovered an old document on tracking my goals and values. After a shirtless run along the lake in the sun (no one seems to own a shirt in Rio), followed by a fresh coconut by the water with my best friend, I went back and re-worked that document.

To me, our values represent how we want to live our lives and our daily goals represent what we want from it. I think it’s crucial to break goals, dreams and visions down to a day to day basis, to break them down to smaller, more tangible steps. After all, it is the things we do on a day to day basis that is our life, or as my inspiration Robin Sharma so poetically puts it:

“A great life is nothing more than a series of days well lived strung together like a string of pearls.”

The document consisted of a staggering 30 daily goals and 10 values that I read every morning and graded myself on from 1 to 10 every night while looking back at how I behaved and what I did that day. It was a very powerful exercise. In a way, this document was my recipe for the life I wanted to live. It was my vision, segmented into concrete actions. For several reasons I lost track of it for some time, but I decided to get back in the driver seat and to create a fresh version to guide me towards the life I desire, although this one would be more focused. I decided I would have no more than five core value groups and the daily goals shrank to 15.

Structuring my goals and values in this way gives me a feeling of control of my life. Breaking down the vision of my best life to smaller concrete actions makes it feel more attainable. It gives me the feeling that I am in charge of where I am going, it gives me focus and ownership of my own life. The tracking helps me realize if I am advancing or not, it reminds me and it pushes me forward. I cannot recommend it enough. If you’re interested, I attach my own goals and values as an example.

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All love and no fear,

Philip

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