On the podcast this week, I talk about goal setting.
Goal setting is one of my favorite things. I may even like it more than organizing!
The kind of goals that I love to set are BHAG – which stands for big, hairy, audacious goals.
To put this into context, when I was 16 my goals were: to be a stay-at-home mom, home-school my kids, and grow all my own food, own a business AND be the President of the United States!
I have always had really high expectations for myself and others around me.
When I was graduating from college, I was told I had "unrealistic expectations." My report from my first year of teaching said "unrealistic expectations."
I think it’s fair to say that I do often have unrealistic expectations.
I usually don’t achieve my goals in the time frame that I originally set. But that is because they are so big that they require extra time, resources, and personal development in order to achieve them. But I DO achieve them!
Then in the spring, I published my second book, How ADHD Affects Home Organization, within 90 days. It also became an Amazon number 1 bestseller, sold over 5,000 copies, and is currently featured as an Amazon book of the month.
I exceeded my own big, hairy, audacious goal!
I remember when I announced in May 2016 that I wanted to get published by August 2016, some concerned Organized 365 readers thought that I was setting myself up for a fall. I received emails saying “Do you think you’ve bitten off more than you can chew?,” and “Are you sure you can publish a quality book that fast?”
The fact is, we’re not used to people setting and achieving really, really big goals.
Entrepreneurs are well known for chasing the elusive goal. And as soon as they get close to the goal, they extend it and make it bigger. I sure can relate to that!
Introducing Good, Better, And Best Goals
I was listening to James Wedmore’s podcast recently and he discussed this idea of good, better, and best goals.
The basic idea is that the goal you want to achieve has 3 levels – a good goal, a better goal, and a best goal.
Good, Better, And Best Goals In Home Organization
I think this concept of good, better, and best goals relates to home organization as well.
I’m a functional organizer and not a "picture-perfect, Pinterest home" organizer.
What I’ll be teaching you is to set expectations that reach a good and better goal, but not necessarily a best goal. Let me explain.
You could say that to declutter a space would be a good goal.
A better goal is to functionally organize that space after it is decluttered.
The best goal would be for the room to be really well designed, have been designed by an interior designer, and have brand new containers that all match!
A laundry example would be as follows – Good... clean laundry. Better... clean and put away. Best... clean, put away, and organized.
In my 100 Day Home Organization Program, I have often said that it takes 3 times going through a space to really get it organized. Really, what we are doing there is getting to good, to better, then to best.
I talk through some more examples of good, better, and best goals on the podcast, ranging from organizing paper, to setting weight goals, to how far you got with creating a plan from last week’s podcast episode.
Don’t Get Too Attached To The Outcome Of Goals
Sometimes when we set goals, we get very attached to what an outcome will look like. This may be based on what has happened in the past, the results of others, or just an ideal that we carry around.
I would urge you not to get too attached to exactly what the outcome will look like. Because it may well be that you achieve a goal without even really realizing it.
I would love for you to consider the following in goal setting:
When you are setting a goal, think of what would be a good, better, or best goal.
Good means this has to happen. If this doesn't happen, then I didn’t meet this goal.
Better is what I really want to happen, what I’m striving for.
Best is if the sun, moon, and stars aligned and all your big goals are met!
Do not get attached to the outcome of the goal.
Sometimes, our goals can be achieved in ways that we didn’t envision.
Good luck at setting your good, better, and best goals! I’d love to hear how far you get with them over in my Facebook Group. If you’d like to join, click here.