04 Jan Purpose Driven Goal Setting I How to set goals that will stick
Goal Setting is a perfect topic for the ending of one year and the beginning of another. Keynote speaker, bestselling author, mentor, and success coach, Mitch Matthews deals with this subject with insight, humor and intelligence. Receive a Free Action Guide download to help with the process by texting “dreamthinkdo” to 44222.
So… what are some of YOUR “Purpose-Driven Goals?”
I’d love to hear from YOU!
Leave a comment and let me know some of your Purpose-Driven Goals for the year.
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Oh… and don’t forget to grab the free download. It’s pretty. 🙂 And it’ll help you with the process!
Now… let’s get to work.
Here are the show notes if you’re into that kind of thing… (They’re written by a team member. So… here we go into third person.) Enjoy!
Time-Stamped Show Notes
- [00:00] How goals can be buried on the shelf before they are ever undertaken and how to stay on track.
- [02:25] Goals can help you gain focus, excitement, anticipation and energy. Matthews explores what you were put on the planet to do and purpose-driven goal setting. Text dreamthinkdo to 44222 to get the graphic goal planner that will guide you through the process.
- [07:00] When it comes to higher purpose, Matthews recommends the book, The One Thing. “I think if we get clear on the bigger things,” he says, “the smaller things become easier.”
- [14:15] How to tell if you are living your higher purpose. Clues that life gives you by your activities and how they make you feel.
- [16:07] Why the phrase, “exceedingly abundant life” means so much to Matthews, and why he incorporated it into his professional higher purpose goal.
- [18:18] Matthews poses the question, “What might your higher purpose be?” He believes that knowing your purpose leads to figuring out your higher goal, which leaves you energized and focused.
- [21:36] If talk of higher purpose makes your head spin, Matthews suggests another way to break it down. Instead of starting with your higher purpose, just start with the fundamentals.
- [24:12] The roots of your tree are made up of your core beliefs, what you truly believe. One of Matthews’ favorite speakers and teachers is Gary V., who lives true to his core values and messaging.
- [29:29] What are some roots to your higher goal? If your roots are taken care of, your tree will stand strong in the storms of life.
- [30:00] Your branches are the offshoots of your higher goal or purpose. Matthews promises that if you get clear on these concepts that “the goals will come pouring out of you.”
- [37:27] How to fuel your higher purpose. It is different for everyone. What is right for you? He would like to hear from you about how you do it. Get in touch.
- [43:00] Matthews unveils some of his professional goals for 2017.
- [45:22] What are some of your specific goals for the upcoming year? They may relate to your job, finances, relationships, health, travel, or fun. Whatever they are, make sure they connect with your higher purpose in some way.
Deep Dive with Mitch Matthews: Goal Setting
With the New Year looming, Matthews tackles the tough subject of goal setting. Some approach this subject with trepidation because it’s much easier to fail than it is to follow through. “We set goals, even write them down,” says Matthews, “and then they get buried on our desk, or get put on a shelf, and they just get dusty.” But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Proper goal setting “can help you gain focus, excitement, and even energy,” promises Matthews. It is doable, but that doesn’t mean it is easy. “If you’re a long-time Dream Think Doer, you’re not looking for easy, you’re looking for good, you’re looking for solid, you’re looking for something that allows you to do more of what you were put on this planet to do, and that’s what we’re going to go after today,” Matthews explains.
Before you go any further, text dreamthinkdo to 44222 for a download that you can use as Matthews takes you through his goal setting steps. Share it with someone, family, friends, teammates or others who may help you with your goal setting, and you can do the same for them.
I Think About Trees
“When I think about goals,” says Matthews, “I think about trees.” That is why there is a graphic in his download that will help you visualize what he means. This process will take you through the different parts of a tree, the trunk, the roots, the branches, and the fuel that feeds it. “We’re going to go from purpose to goal to roots to branches, to fuel, to brass tacks.”
Roots represent clarity from core beliefs. If you take care of, and fuel the roots, your tree will stand tall in any storm. The branches represent offshoots of your higher goal or purpose, and how you reach out to the world in fulfillment of your higher goal. The trunk is the sturdy base to which all your forward actions are connected.
Thinking about his higher purpose, Matthews is reminded of a book he highly recommends, called The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. Available on Amazon, it has been on national bestseller lists more than three hundred times, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today. In their book, the authors talk about higher purpose and starting with a goal of searching that out.
Matthews has been experimenting with understanding his higher purpose for more than ten years now, and he’s come to know that like a tree changes with the seasons, so does his life, and all he can hope to discover is what his higher purpose is for any particular season. And that is enough.
Matthews’ current higher purpose statement for his professional life is this: “My purpose is to help people to live an exceedingly abundant life through stories, strategies, and experiences.”
“If we get clearer on the bigger things, then the smaller things become easier,” he promises.
Exceedingly Abundant Life
Matthews returns to his statement of purpose and the phrase, “exceedingly abundant life,” revealing why it holds such meaning for him. “A part of what fuels this is my faith. There is a verse in the Bible in Ephesians 3 that says that God wants a life for us that is ‘exceedingly abundant beyond what we could hope, dream, or ask.’ I really like that. That is what I want, and what I want for others.” He takes it a step further, “I feel like my higher purpose is related to that verse. A quote or verse can fuel your higher purpose. Think about what your higher purpose might be. It might involve where you work, where you serve, the team that you lead, it might involve the organization that you have created, or hope to create one day.”
Your higher purpose, Matthews advises, can lead you to your higher goal, which can render you energized and focused. The higher goal that Matthews developed with the understanding of his higher purpose is this: His goal is to help launch one million dreams in his lifetime. It is his biggest professional goal. “It’s a crazy dream,” he admits, “yeah, it’s kind of crazy, but that’s what fuels me.”
What might that be for you? A new career, a book you want to write, some way that you can change the world? Think about it.
Matthews Reveals His Professional Goals for 2017
- 20 Big Dream Gatherings in 2017 – check out bigdreamgatherings.com for dates and locations.
- Definite speaking goals<
- New book
- Launching Big Dream Boost Scholarship Program, to launch 4 big dreams in the New Year.