7 steps to produce the life harvest you desire—Step 3
Once you have established the purpose for each area of your life’s garden, you can begin to plan what the new garden will look like. This includes what type of plants you’ll have, how you’ll arrange them and how many you’ll need.
This is where you plan and identify your goals—long and short-term—on both a macro and micro level, along the line of purpose. It’s important to check that the goals you set are in alignment with your purpose otherwise they’ll lead you on another pathway and perhaps not one of your choosing.
It’s about making choices. Someone once said (author unknown): ‘Everything in your life is a reflection of the choices you have made, if you want a different result, make different choices.’
Be honest with yourself. The reality is that you’re more likely to procrastinate if your goals are too big, too small, or ‘forced’ on you by others (parents can be good at this with their children).
Here’s an example: If your purpose is good health, along that line of purpose you might have macro goals to lose 10kg, quit smoking and stress less. The micro goals may be beginning an exercise regime by walking for 30 minutes a day, watch less television and cut out refined sugar from your diet.
If your purpose is to have happy, harmonious, loving relationships, the macro goal may be better communication. The micro goals may be structured family time each day, shorter work hours one day a week, family holidays and scheduling regular date nights.
Martin Luther King once said, ‘Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.’
Ask yourself, what are the steps (micro steps?) you can take on a daily basis that create a steady rhythm of daily fulfilment toward your goals?
Gillian Tilley is a Life and Investment Coach.
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