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Video 16 - Goals Review

Welcome back. We've finished the action module and you're in action, I hope!
Let’s go straight in to the publishing module.

Congratulations! You're at the final module of the course. This is the review module.
Well done, for making it this far. And basically, we're home and dry now.

Now, the first thing to realize is, if you're into changing-your-game, and you're going to take this seriously and have fun at the same time, then I would suggest to you that review should be a regular occurrence, probably weekly.

Many people in major self-development and transition changes are more effective when they regularly review. And a weekly cycle seems to fit in with most of our lives. So this weekly review might be on a weekend for you, a Saturday or a Sunday, or whenever is appropriate.

[01:15]
I'm suggesting that it probably would take, for this process here, no more than 10 minutes, maybe 15 at the outside. And that's because you should be focused on a particular change-the-game area, and also because you're dealing with keywords.

The idea is to keep you in action. In fact, you are keeping yourself in action!
And if we extend this process to a gigantic review, similar to going through the whole course again, you'll run out of steam. You'll run out of momentum.

Anyway, you've got other things going on in your life. You might also be reviewing the details of your weekly planner, your day planner, your smart goals, and the busy and urgent stuff that also has to be fitted in.

[02:03]
This weekly review can be done pretty much anywhere if you have the map in front of you. And after a while, you might not even need the map; you might know it off by heart. You'll either visualize it or you'll be able to redraw it in your mind, if you've kept it relatively simple.

Here's what I suggest you do for the weekly review. Try and find somewhere pleasant to sit or relax in. Have the map in front of you. Have your planner or diary or, in my case, I have here in front of me the pocketmod I talked about earlier.

Anyway, (have) a piece of paper you can make some notes on. And start off just by having a look at your bio-map. As you scan through these keywords they should trigger something about your current reality, your current life, and where you're planning to go.

[00:02:53]
Your success keyword from the past and your change-the-game primary goal should both trigger a lot of emotions and a lot of energy. Just let it flow over you. Start off with that.

And if you want to get in the mood, focus on your previous success goal. Imagine it. Re-run it. That could be very, very effective. I would spend a minute or two on that, but no more than that. Then ask yourself, "Hey, this vision I'm creating for myself in the particular primary area. How am I doing?”

Look at your keywords. How is your career (for example) going so far, in terms of changing the game in that area? How is it impacting your family? How is it impacting your friends?

[03:49]
You don't have to write anything down at this stage, but you may see something in your mind, or something may spring to the front of your awareness, perhaps concerning the past week or month. And that's something to focus on. Is it something you did well? Something you didn't do so well? Something you forgot to do? Whatever it is, if you feel moved, write it down in your piece of paper, in your diary.

And stay positive.
Reality, of course, can be a bitter pill to swallow sometimes, but what we're trying to do here is build on your momentum. And to change your game, you need to focus as much of your energy as possible on the vision of where you want to be right now.

So again, spend a few minutes. I would say maybe just less than five minutes, briefly triggering that vision statement and checking it against your current reality. Where are you? I would call that process (taking) a reality check.

[00:05:04]
That may take you into (reviewing) roles. If you have current roles and new roles, probably the act of going through the vision statements and comparing to your current reality will flesh out those areas you seem to be doing very well in and perhaps trigger you to think about those roles that you haven't even approached, or those roles that you're performing poorly in.
And that can be positive as well, because you can develop PB goals in the relevant categories to overcome those.
Go ahead and set (or revise) a personal best goal.
Set a dumb goal and fiddle around with it to find out if this role is really relevant or interesting to you.

[06:05]
Your primary category is probably the main point of the weekly review. You want to focus on this primary area and bring back into your awareness your OG goal. Of course, that is also the vision statement you developed from your vision keyword.

Look at your PB goal. Work out how close are you to it. Is there anything you could have done or did do or want to do, to bring that PB closer to you?

Check out your dumb goal. What did you do this week that was dumb? That should be kind of fun to think about, actually. That's the whole point of it. And even if you didn't do anything, the mere fact that you're shining your awareness on it is a positive thing. And if you keep doing this, it will become habitual. You will get “dumber and dumber”. [laughs] Wasn't that a movie?

Next up are the smart goals. You might already have that sort of activity set up in the weekly review of your professional life if you have been following a self-development or career development routine. It will fall into its own place anyway. Don't get too bogged down on the Smart Goals here. You're looking at key words and metrics.
How close am I? What percentage of the way there?
Perhaps you might remember from the previous videos, we talked about not having too many categories. You can get a bit overwhelmed if you have to do career, health, family and on and on.
Stay focused.

[08:20]
Action.
Actions will flow out of the weekly review - don't you worry! They'll keep coming to you and at the least expected times. While you’re in the shower, when you're commuting, when you're bored in a meeting, or watching a TV program. You may find that these action triggers come to you because of the awareness generated by the daily and weekly focus. Your awareness increases as to where you currently are, where you want to be, and what you need to do to get there.

[09:13]
It's my belief and also my experience that you will find yourself taking more and more responsibility for making the changes that need to happen. You will be less and less inclined to let others do these things to you without your active involvement.
If they do, you will become more and more aware of it. It will lead you to take charge of those areas of your life and your career that you want to make positive changes in. It will lead you to take positive reinforcing actions to move them forward.

So think ‘awareness’, think ‘responsibility’, and think ‘reality’. You are living it (responsibility) right now as you are watching this video.

[10:06]
What you do in the next five minutes after finishing this video is a very relevant thing.

• Are you going to print out your map, if you haven't done so?
• Are you going to fill in the key words, if you haven't done so?
• Are you going to do your daily imagining, if you haven't done so?

I would suggest to you that that's where awareness and responsibility is going to help you. It's going to become habitual.

Set yourself up a recurring email or meeting reminder, if you've got access to that in a software tool for: “I'm going to do my five minute imagining exercise.” You then get the email or the message pop-up on your screen and you go do it.

I would suggest that you probably don't need to re-listen to the whole course again. That investment in your time is probably not necessary. If you've worked through the videos in the order that they were presented and done the checkpoint exercises, the only thing that you might need to do is to go back to this review module and re-watch this video now and again.
I strongly encourage that.
You may never need to touch this video again! It (the goal creation maps process) will become self-sustaining. That's the level you should be aiming at. If you get there, send an email to (see video!) and make the subject line "Celebration". I'd love to hear from you.

I'd love for you to tell me that you're not using the videos anymore – you just don’t need it! You've got your map created, you are in action, you are doing your weekly review, you are happy with what your imagination is coming up with and you haven't got enough working hours in the day to complete it all. That's when work becomes fused with fun. It really is a game - the rules of which are now working in your favor. You are winning.

It's been wonderful presenting this course to you. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for investing in it and in your own future - and for choosing to let me play a small part in your “change your game” process.

Congratulations, keep it up, or "gambatte" as we say over here.
I hope to see you around. Goodbye for now.