Goal-Setting for new Digital Nomads
Goal setting is the first step of getting success. Beginning with the end in mind stretches your imagination of what can and will be if you put your mind to it. If you are the programmer, write the program, says, goal expert- Stephen R. Covey.
1. START WITH THE END IN MIND
Goals help us to focus on our success. The quality of our attention is enhanced by a having a project so cool and interesting that we can’t help but make a leap. Let’s say, you want to launch your business website. The in-between steps leading up to that end goal might be researching and writing new content everyday; writing the copy for your website pages; cropping and organizing photos for your website; spending hours formatting the site how you want it to look. Figuring some of the stuff out that you don’t have experience doing might seem scary, overwhelming or boring, but joined together they help you achieve your end goal of having a business site that inspires you and others.
Whenever you meet an obstacle or new challenge, stay positive and focus on success and the results you want things to achieve – and you will soon accomplish that goal. Otherwise the longer you take to achieve the goal and more you complain and get in your head about it, the more difficult it will be to do and the more you procrastinate and never accomplish what you set out to do.
- Name the accomplishment (end result) you see
- Give your accomplishment a title/identity
- Determine what needs to be done by when
- Visualize your end result everyday before you start the task
- Identify the main reasons for pursuing the goal
- Write everything down and put it in a place where you can see it everyday. Only keep this one step to focus on before looking at the remaining tasks or moving forward to the next thing.
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never scoring.” -Bill Copeland
2. RAISE THE BAR
Live to your potential, challenge the limits, or shoot for the moon. These are just some of the sentiments that put our plans into action and move us towards revolutionary results. Look around and witness the very essence of commonplace activities being tested and re-imagined. For example physical fitness which used to be running, walking and perhaps weight lifting has now expanded to include activities such as kickboxing, Tai Chi and yoga. Blogs have made our once face to face conversations with our neighbors into an international conversation with strangers 5,000 miles across the world. Raising the bar in your digital nomad business can simply mean committing 30 more minutes to your work each day; pursuing an idea that others see as weird; or devoting to a regular practice that you know will help you grow your business.
Commit to a goal in a meaningful way, personalize it & make it your own, and then watch an otherwise sleepy project wake up and give way to a new found energy, creativity and distinction. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
— Increase your intensity in pursuit of the goal
— Challenge your personal limits and limiting beliefs
— Create a daily habit
— Raise your standards,values or beliefs
3. GO THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE – WORK HACKING!
Sometimes a goal deserves a break. TIME MAGAZINE reported that after 8 hours of sleep you’d be more than twice as likely to find a shortcut for solving a problem. Suggesting that taking it easy is good for the brain, and what is good for the brain is good for the overall psyche and soul. Are you doing too much, not getting nourished and being exhausted? Well perhaps its time to consider another path. Don’t re-invent the wheel. Pick up a book written by an expert, join a group via a meetup or online such as Facebook group that’s geared around your project. Sign up for an informational newsletter – that you are truly interested in and will read; or ask someone to buddy up & help.
For instance, when I first got access to the internet and discovered Facebook, my friends searched for girls. And I joined a coding group! I not only learned coding from the beginning I also got motivation and guidance from fellow members. This ultimately led me to freelancing online. And through this journey, I ultimately discovered outsourcing my own work!
Another way to simplify your work is to simply take smaller steps. So much of procrastination comes from the overwhelm of having sooo much to do and believing the end is so far away. The smaller the increments the easier the goal. Deng Ming-Dao, writes in EVERYDAY TAO, An inch in one direction, then an inch in another already makes a span of 2 inches. Gradually we can improve on that. Go the path of least resistance. The less stressed you are the more creative and productive you will be.
— Don’t reinvent the wheel – Find someone who’s done it before
— Slow down or change the pace
— Keep to manageable daily standards
— Write everything down–loose ideas often turn into lost ideas
— The smaller the increments the easier the goal
Here’s Your Growth Goal:
Based on where you are in your business, write down your ultimate end goal (ONLY WRITE 1 CRITICAL THING) that you want to accomplish with your location independent business in the next 30 days.
Write down 4 points, representing 1 week.
Next to each point write down what you believe are the main sub tasks you want to realistically accomplish each week to achieve that goal. It is fine if some things will take less than 1 week or more than 1 week. Be realistic.
Set the goal and do it.