Remember the End Game.
This phrase can remind us all, that whatever we do today has an effect on not just tomorrow but our future ten or twenty years ahead.
Of course some of the big decisions we make in life clearly will determine where we are in ten or twenty years time. Who we end up living with, where we live and the kind of career we choose are obvious things which will affect how we will spend our time, who we will hang out with and even probably our hobbies and leisure activities.
However even the smallest things repeated on a regular basis will eventually determine where we will be in ten or twenty years time too. Think about it – if you go to the gym two or three times a week every week for the next twenty years you are going to be a lot fitter than if you never have the time or inclination to go.
And yet how many of us really think about where we would like to be in our lives in ten or twenty years time let alone take the time to write our goals and aspirations down.
And the physical act of writing your goals down and quantifying what you want out of life has been proved to be very powerful.
In 1953, Harvard decided to conduct a survey of all the students that were leaving that year. The survey covered many subjects. One of the questions was: do you have your goals written down? It turned out that just 3% of the students answered ‘yes’ to this question.
Twenty years later the university decided to run another survey and they hit on the idea of contacting all the students who had left twenty years earlier and see what they were up to.
It was a massive research project. Some of the students had died, or moved away, but they found all of the remainder. When they analysed the data, they discovered that the 3% who had taken the time and trouble to properly quantify their goals were worth financially more than the other 97% put together.
Now what I am talking about is not just about your finance. Although it is thought-provoking to think that the process of writing down your life goals could affect your prosperity.
There are other kinds of goals as parents we can set. What kind of fun do we want to have with our kids while they are growing up. What kind of childhood do we want to give them. What would that look or be like.
These could be bucket and spade holidays, going to the pantomime at Christmas or other activities you would like to spend time doing with your children.
Whatever age your children – tiny babies or teenagers – it is never to late to do this. (The goals will just be slightly different).
The important thing is to write down what you want out of your life and to keep your goals somewhere you can reflect on them from time to time. Sometimes your goals may change. That is OK . Just write down your new or revised goals.
Remember that your goals are your own personal End Game – and that whatever you do today will in some small way reflect where you are in ten or twenty years time.