Episode 212: Unintended Consequences of Setting Goals Looking Forward | Clay Clark

Have you ever worked hard day in and day out, week after week, only to find yourself wondering why you’re even doing what you’re doing?

Sometimes we are so focused on climbing the ladder that we don’t notice it’s leaning against the wrong wall — and this is because there are unintended consequences to setting your goals by looking forward.

When you set goals looking forward, you miss the most important part of goal setting: where you’re going and why you’re going. If you don’t have that purpose and priority before you set your goals and start working away at them, you can’t be productive. So, in this episode, Clay Clark, Founder of ThriveTime Show, is going to share when he realized he was living a life by default and how he started living a life by design.

The ONE Thing to take away from this episode:

The path to getting everything you want is to get just one thing at a time. This means you have to think big about your vision and then go small to find that lead domino, trusting that the subsequent dominos will fall.

Your experience may not be the same as Clay’s, but we encourage you to look at the models he used and try them out yourself. You can start by taking a look at a blank planner and asking yourself this question: If I was completely in control of my time, how would I invest it so that I got the ultimate ROI?

Then, narrow it down to the ONE time block that you should do first and ask yourself the focusing question: what’s the ONE thing I could do to make protecting that time block easier or unnecessary?

Keep asking the question until you arrive at a lead domino so small that it effortlessly falls.

And if you want this same experience facilitated for you, consider joining us at our Goal-Setting Retreat.

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