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How I Set Truly Inspiring and Value-Driven Goals

We’ve all heard the study in which a large group of Harvard law students were asked about their goal-setting habits. Of the 7% of them that actually set goals, they were (20 years later) found to have accumulated more combined wealth than the other 93% put together. Now if that doesn’t inspire you to jot down the occasional plan, I don’t know what will.

Of course the idea of goalsetting is easier said than done, isn’t it? There’s no point writing goals down regularly if you don’t actually initiate some kind of action toward them, yet nor is the idea of constantly referring to your goal list appealing as any way to live. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather enjoy some spontaneity from time to time. And I know that once I start writing lists based on my many, many, many (too many I think!) hopes and dreams then it never ends. I’ve learned the hard way that there’s not much fun to be had in letting your life be ruled by lists.

How To Make Goalsetting Enjoyable – and Doable!

Let’s get down to business. Here’s a technique that I absolutely love. I don’t recall where I came across it, but I’ve adapted it to suit my life perfectly over the last few years, and have even used it (in expanded form) in my new book.

First, you’ll need to grab a blank piece of paper and a pen, or open a new text file. At the top of the page, in the centre, write the word ‘mission‘. Leave a gap of an inch or so, and repeat 4 times across the page the word ‘projects‘. Allow some space and then underneath that you have your ‘monthly tasks‘ (usually about 6 of them), and then finally, in bullet point form down the side of the page, 4-8 ‘small bite‘ tasks. All of this should fit into one A4 page – handwritten. If your goal list turns into a small book I’d say it’s already starting to be unrealistic.

From there it’s a simple matter of filling in the gaps. Let me explain how each part works.

  • Your mission is your ‘big picture’. Look at the next 3-5 years. What are the values you’d like to enhance or bring into your life?
  • Yearly projects are the 2-4 big tasks you’d LOVE to achieve this year. Don’t choose any more than 3 big projects for a year. This will probably mean having to mentally put something on the back-burner, but it’s far better to actually finish 3 important projects than it is to beat up on yourself come year end ’cause you didn’t quite complete anything. And let’s be real – your whole life will not revolve around your dreams and goals; you still have to face the day-today. My 3 projects for this year are getting out of credit card debt, selling at least 100 copies of my book (on my way!), and reaching a body fat percentage of sub-10.
  • Now we start to break it down. Monthly tasks are the action items that you can do this month to bring you closer to your yearly projects. You can plan these month to month, or rough draft the entire year.
  • Finally we have small bites, and this should be obvious. What can you do right now, even for 10 minutes to bring you closer to your big picture goals? It could be as simple as some research, a phone call, or an email, but you must “never leave the site of setting a goal without first doing something towards its completion” (Anthony Robbins).

One of the most powerful things lessons I’ve learned on goals is from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. In 2009, Leo’s New Years Challenge (to commit to at least 10 minutes each day of working on your goal) completely transformed my attitude toward one of my ‘musts’ – the goal of becoming a writer. Since then I’ve gone through my ups and downs of course, but I’ve also written over 200 blog posts for this blog and others, completed my book after over 2 years of dilly-dallying, established myself in the magazine world as a freelance writer, been told my writing is great by several well-established writers who I already looked upon as mentors and – most importantly – I can honestly say that I feel like a writer. Although I love writing, all of this hasn’t been easy in terms of time and effort and I am quite quite certain that it could very easily never have happened. It happened because I made a commitment to myself to strive toward something important, and because I made myself accountable to other people – my fellow Zen Habits readers, my friend and family, and to you as a reader of this blog in that I followed through on a set amount of posts even when my life was at its busiest.

I should point out that this is just one example. There’ve been countless goals I’ve set that I’ve either failed to reach or deliberately given up on. See if you can figure out which ones I have and haven’t achieved from my begin-2009 goal list. I think it’s more than okay to change your goals or leave them incomplete – in fact its probably necessary in order to make way for new dreams. I guess you just want it to be mostly deliberate rather than simply not reaching something because you never quite got around to trying.

Of course there are countless methods you can employ to utilise your natural talents and reach life’s highs. I’m a template and strategy kind of person, so this method works for me. I hope it gives you some value as well, but I totally get if you prefer a less-anal approach to your life! With that in mind I’d LOVE to know what you’ve tried using as a basis for goalsetting. There’s nothing I like more than a new way of looking at things.

And here’s to us both being one of the 7% 🙂

Oh – one last thing that may be of interest to you. As of July I’m going to be offering teleconference health coaching. Over the past few years I’ve worked with many clients who are not able to see me regularly face to face. Ongoing phone call consults are really helpful, but I’m noticing I’m going over the same stuff with many people. So as a cost-effective approach to nutrition and lifestyle education I’m going to introduce small group coaching. I’ll be creating a survey soon to see what people want to focus on and will probably put together a month by month session plan, so if you haven’t been achieving everything you know you’re capable of in the health, nutrition and fitness arena and you recognise that accountability works for you then stay tuned.

 

Don’t forget –

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat x

P.S.

Rebel.
Upstart.
Fuck the system; screw the rules.
Won’t do what they told me.
Too much.
Unreasonable.
Ridiculous.
Unprofessional.
Crazy!

Should I go on? I could, but I think you get the picture.

You’re the one who is not only not like the other PEOPLE, you’re also not like the other entrepreneurs.

They, they actually think they’re different; non-conformists?! Don’t make me laugh. You and I both see it as it is:

They just wanna be told how to build a pretty little website and a pretty little social media page or three and a pretty little online product or course and get their pretty little headshots and do a pretty little pre-scripted dance all over the internet so that other equally pretty fucking bland and boring and same same-y peoples pay them money,

And they can all sit in a pretty little womans circle together patting each other linking elbows and stroking each others hair and singing Kumbaya as the sun sets over another day of sinking ever deeper into the unremarkableness that is their lives.

They are the ones who are not only willing to jump through hoops, they also want to build more hoops for other people; they want to perpetuate the hoop jumping life and their whole sales pitch is basically some version of “I will help you to have a better and shinier hoop, come see!”

lolol

BUT REALLY.

Meanwhile, you –

You’ve tried the hoop-jumping life, maybe more than what you care to admit. And, whilst you’ve nothing against sitting around with other ladeez and stroking each others hair, you and your girls; the real ones?

You don’t exactly fit in in the typical woman’s circle.

You don’t feel at home with the pretty-preneurs, not even on the internet let alone in real life.

You don’t actually GIVE a fuck about having all your shit perfect,

Polished,

And just so –

And the idea of having sales and marketing and content processes which you have to systematically pre-plan and then work through and endlessly join dots with?

Makes you want to hurl.

Sure –

You’ve bought in at times to do the idea that maybe you DO gotta do it as they say.

An automated webinar, perhaps?? Facebook ads which carefully and smartly tell the world who you are and how you can help? A sales plan proven and tested by the greats. The gradual sinking slow decline of your soul, your joy, your dreams, and even your pussy as everything within you that once knew she could HAVE IT ALL AND DO LIFE HER WAY SLOWLY DRIES,

WITHERS TO NOTHING,

AND DIES?

Sure –

Why not

And look.

It’s not that any of these things are bad or wrong. Maybe right now you’ve got to a certain point by playing by the rules … kind of. Following what ‘logic’ suggests you do. Breaking free here and there with wild little jaunts into over the top madness, noticing how THAT lights you up and also how people respond to it … but ultimately continuing to go back to trying to find the right fucking system to get you to where you want to go,

Because this thing of trying to just be you interspersed with trying to get it all right and make it work, well –

It’s God damn tiring –

But also, in the end, if we’re going to be black and white about it, it hasn’t got you to where you want to be!!

You KNOW you should be making SO much more money.

NOW.

With consistency, and yeah, while of course of COURSE you’re down for doing the work, you also feel like it SHOULD be a lot easier, more flow

And you know that you know that you know that you’ve still not let out the most unrestrained and fully expressed side of you!

– The you they can’t look away from
– The you they are MAGNETIZED by
– The you who automatically commands a huge freakin’ following, and sales to match it

You know who I’m talking about –

THE MILLIONAIRE REBEL YOU!

Starting January 18th!

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The revolutionary fucking leader who tears SHREDS off of normal every damn day before the rest of the world has barely sipped its coffee!

Who is FULLY unleashed in what she says, how she shows up, how she does business, how she does life.

Who does not give a fuck about following rules! Or sales systems! Or strategies! Who can and will do what works for HER, and if it happens to resemble other ways people build an audience and make a fuckload of money online, cool, and if not, so what! That is not the point! The point is –

She knows what works for her.
She backs herself unapologetically.
She DOES it.

And she gets the damn results. The BIG results. The CONSISTENT results. The FUCK yes results, not just with money but with the VIBERY of it all.

Imagine …

Waking up every day and KNOWING you have crushed the day before it already begun because THAT IS WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU ROLL!

* Your shit sells (at any and all price point)
* Your creativity and inner ideas machine flows endlessly (you always know what to put out into the world and that when you speak people PAUSE EVERYTHING AND LISTEN, whether it is with free content and shenaniganery or with your paid stuff)
* You don’t even have to think about low end or high end or how to take people through a value ladder or some such bullshit, the value ladder is YOU CONTINUING TO BE YOU, and the more that you DO you the more people just take themselves through whatever it is you’re offering!
* It is easy, natural, fun, and OBVIOUS how to build your automated income, funnels, the ‘cash machine’ side of your business.
* In fact the whole damn thing feels fun and easy and like you’re just being you (the full on you, the too much you, the rebel you, the fuck all of ’em THIS IS WHAT I STAND FOR AND NOW I’M GONNA TELL YOU you!),
* and at the same time you have the DEEPLY grounded and certain knowledge that the way you’re doing it, hot mess and chaos vibes and all, is WORKING. PS – the reason you feel certain of this is because your bank balance and soulmate audience and their feedback reflects it, not bc your spirit guides told you it’s coming

All of this is ALREADY available to you.

It is who you are and what you were born for.

You did not come here for normal!

You are one of the truly crazy ones, who has something inside of her that will leave the world BREATHLESS –
and allow her to make millions and impact millions –

BUT NOT IF SHE CONTINUES TO DO BUSINESS AND LIFE BY TRYING TO SOMEHOW BE A NON-CONFORMIST WHO CONTINUALLY CAVES AND CONFORMS.

For this to work,

REALLY work, like next next NEXT level $ and life flow work,
you’re going to need to FULLY turn your back on the idea that your breakthrough is waiting on the other side of you adjusting, filtering, compromising, playing the game the way the other entrepreneurs are playing it, or worrying about what the fuck your social media looks like!

What you’re going to need to do is simple:

FLICK THE DAMN REBEL MILLIONAIRE SWITCH BABY.

>>> https://thekatrinaruthshow.com/rebelmillionaire/

All in on madness.
All in on crazy.
All in on chaos.
All in on the TRUE epic awesome ridiculousness and too much-ness of YOU.

REBEL MILLIONAIRE

Starting January 18th!

For those who were born to run the damn thing,

To turn the world on its head and dance on top of it,

And who are ready to do just that.

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