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Video 14 - Action Part Two

Welcome back. We're just about to move into the action module and we left you with the checkpoint exercise of completing the second category on your map.

I chose to focus on health for my second category.

I have an OG health goal here: “5-30”. What on earth is that? Let’s quickly go through them here for completeness. My OG goal is related to my running hobby. I want to run five miles in 30 minutes. That's a six minute mile average - a very big goal for a sprinter lol!

I also want to complete this goal with an average pulse rate of 120 beats per minute! That's a bit of a challenge too. It might take me some time, once you realize my current personal best is a shade less than eight minutes. I can probably run seven and a half minutes for 1 mile.
That sets my PB target to run a six-minute mile. 6 minutes, 59 seconds will achieve that PB!

My dumb goal links back to my experience as a schoolboy athlete. I run now for the pleasure of it and if you’re at all interested in running you may have heard of an experience that runners and other sports people describe as “being in the zone”. It's a kind of a natural high where the body releases various chemicals that cause a mild euphoria.

I think that's what I experienced when I was 17 and back in the 1977 Irish schools 400 meters hurdles final, in Limerick. I have never re-experienced those sensations to the same intensity and clarity, although I've had shades of it while running.

Nowadays, I go out on every run expecting to re-experience that feeling at some stage of the run. It's a kind of a mystery in that I don't know how exactly I am going to get there, but I am certainly experimenting on ways to do that. Ways to control breathing, ways to be more aware of my running style while synchronizing my breathing with how my feet hit the ground. All good fun! There are a number of techniques. Anyway, that's dumb, isn't it?

Next up is the smart goal.
Once you do a bit of research on possible ways of achieving your PB goal, you come up against practicalities. In my case, I know I need to exercise more even though I was a very active athlete in my twenties, partially active in my thirties and less active in my forties.

I am pretty good at designing coaching programs in track and field and I have some certification experience in that area. And I can do a reasonable job of coaching myself. I know I can work out a reasonable exercise program to take me on my way. The first target is to exercise six days per week. Notice that doesn't say run six days per week. I moderate my running duration and frequency because of my lower fitness level and my higher body weight!

I am realistic about what I can achieve. Whether I can get to my OG goal or not, only time will tell.

And in your case, you too should be realistic about your smart goal. Start off with something that is achievable, as part of the smart technique. Break it down still further so that you can easily get into the action phase. You can adjust your PB goal and OG goal as you make progress and gain experience.

On my goals map I summarized these key words as follows: My OG goal is 5-30; “five miles 30 minutes”. My PB is “6”: it's a six minute mile. My dumb goal is “zone”. And my smart goal is “exercise”.

More On Taking Action

Let’s add in the primary keyword “Action” to the map.
”Taking action” sounds self-evident because once you've got the smart goals then following through on this process is relatively straight-forward. You simply get on with it. And if you've designed your smart goal, it will become pretty clear what you need to do.
If it's not clear, what I suggest you do is break your smart goal down still further. I use the example here of a separate MindGenius map for creating a product. I could go in there now and break that down into all the tasks that I think I need to complete in order to get a produced released onto the market for people to buy.

And realistically I suspect there are probably at least 20 to 50 tasks that I could accomplish, or have out-sourced for other people to help me with, before that's considered complete. It may be necessary for you to do something similar in order to get into action. I suggest you make any given action task as small as possible where “Task level” is something you can work on for about 15 minutes.

One of the things that hampered me in the past, as well as people who I’ve coached and worked with, is to get over-awed by the scale of the task.

Writing a report, or getting a promotion, or finding a new job.

Those are potentially big, big obstacles. They could take weeks, months or much longer. What you need to do is to break them down into bite-sized chunks. And it's no different with a change-the-game goal, especially when you started off with the mountain, the OG goal, which is meant to inspire you, by the way!

Even when you get down to the personal best goal, you may still ‘see’ a considerable degree of effort before you get there. “It's” meant to be like that.
If the task does not start with a specific action verb -- write, create, decide, draw, that type of thing -- then it doesn't engage you. It doesn't engage creativity tools in your mind very well.

So, one of the things that you should be doing here is pick the one that seems to matter the most to you. Then drill down, using mapping or other techniques, and come up with a task list. Then pick one, allocate 15 minutes to it and get going. It's as simple as that. And if you get interrupted, then pick it up where you left off and carry on until you finish. That is another vital step in the goal creation process.

In this course we're only talking about creating goal maps, we're not talking about the actual process of achieving the goal.

When it comes down to goal achieving then there are other factors at work such as environmental factors, your psychological makeup, your personality makeup. All may influence how you actually get on with your goals and tasks. You should certainly bear in mind that many successful people talk about focusing on the task in question, even though there are many tasks they could be focusing on at any one time. As you can see here, we could generate maybe dozens of tasks for each particular goal category and they could potentially overwhelm you.

That’s why I recommend that you pick one from your primary change-the-game goal category, and work on that task in the available time that you have allocated, or any available time you can find. Most people can find 15 minutes a day. That's what you should be focusing on for your goal activities - find some tasks that you can work on or even have other people get started on for you. Then start doing them.

What we'll do now is take a break at this point.
And then we will come back and look at the publishing section.