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Have you ever set a goal and then abandoned it a few weeks later?

It’s humiliating to go back on your word. And it damages your self-worth.

But maybe it’s not your fault.

Often, abandoning goals is just a sign they weren’t in alignment with your values.

When your goals are in line with your values, discipline and motivation take care of themselves. And you’ll find it easier to achieve your dreams.

In this episode you’ll discover how to set the kinds of goals that bring you towards what you truly want – not what you think you want.

Listen now!

Show highlights include: 

  • How to instantly know what sacrifices you need to make to hit your goals (1:28)
  • Why you shouldn’t get rich if you want a happy marriage (2:24)
  • The “full life” principle that helps you maximise every minute of every day (5:00)
  • The seemingly innocent goals that mess you up psychologically (7:27)

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Do you ever feel stuck in the rat race? Life doesn't have to be that way. If you're willing to put in the work in “bigger vision”, Chris Garrison helps you discover the keys to abundance, freedom, and personal growth that let you live the life of your dreams. And now here's your host, Chris Garrison.

Chris: Welcome everybody. It's Chris Garrison. You've made it to “the bigger vision” podcast. So glad that you have taken the time out of your day, whether you're sitting at the gym, driving down the road, sitting in the office because you're bored. Whatever the case may be, you have taken the time to tune in. And I hope that you walk away with a ton of value that will change your life.

Today we are going to talk about setting your goals so that they fit your values. I have in the past spoken to some of my employees, spoken to friends and family, even been in rooms at masterminds where people have said, I want to be this, or I want to do this. And they've told their goals. And the goals were just, what is the good to great book says hairy, audacious, just massive goals. (01:26)

A lot of times when we're setting our goals, we don't really understand what is going to be required to hit the mark. That's something that we need to really think about and look and see what other individuals that have hit that mark, have accomplished those goals and what they had to walk through to do that. You might be saying, Chris, what does that mean to make sure that your goals fit your values?

Well, I just Googled values and it says a “person's principles or standards of behavior”. There's a lot of people out there that value their time greatly, that's spent with family. There's a lot of people out there that value their time greatly spent in rest or their time spent in the gym. And let's just use this example. Let's say that you say, Hey, I want to be a billionaire. (02:26)

And you have a wife and four kids that are under the age of five. Your value system is dependent upon you being around your kids and wife every evening, and in the morning before they're off to school. For you to be a billionaire, what is it going to take for you to accomplish that? It's going to take a lot of work. It's going to take a lot of time studying so that you can put to action, great tips, great tricks so that you can have velocity behind the money that you make.

It's going to take a lot of things. Here's the biggest thing it's going to take. It's going to take time away from your family. You're not going to be able to just spend eight, nine hours a day, five days a week and be a billionaire. That is a totally different game. I can't even speak on that game because I'm not a billionaire, but I understand what it's taken for me to get to this point in life. (03:29)

There were hours spent on my phone, just looking at content and studying so that I could educate myself and skills that would allow me to achieve the financial success that I've achieved at this point. I've been married before. I had a 10 year marriage and got a divorce. I'm remarried now, in a much better position, but I had a foundation underneath me on my second marriage already.

I had an understanding of, here are my goals with my wife, my partner at the time before we were married, here's my goals. Here's what matters the most to me. This is what allows me to be the person that you see right now, that you enjoy being with, those types of conversations, have to take place when you're looking at setting goals and you've got a significant other. I got married at 20, I got married too young. (04:28)

I didn't even know myself yet. I wasn't established, thought I knew myself, but really didn't. Please, If you're listening to this and you're in your twenties, why rush? You can still hang out. You can still enjoy each other, but why get tied down and start having kids? Because every responsibility that you put on your plate will limit you in the endeavors that you can take. It will. It's a reality.

Anytime that I want to put something new into my life, I have to cut something out because my life is already full. Yours is too. If you want to bring something new into your life, then you need to decide what's getting cut out. Are you cutting out sleep? Are you cutting out your downtime in front of the TV? Are you cutting out your reading time? Are you cutting out your family time, your friend's time?. (05:26)

What are you going to cut out to be able to put this new in? Because you've got it full right now. There's not any moment of your life that's not full. Otherwise you cease to exist. Something’s filling it. It might be sleep, it might be dead time, but something is filling your 24 hours that you have a day.

We've got to make sure that whatever our goals are, are not going to kill our spirits because it fights against our values. When you're setting your goals, make sure that you understand the sacrifices that are going to be made. If I want to have a healthy physique and a healthy body, then I know that it's going to require eating well and going to the gym. That is time that I have to take away from everything else. Now I've got to look at prepping my food, or I'm either going to be spending more money to go to a better quality place to get food, a restaurant, and I've got time in the gym. (06:29)

I've got to get my exercise in. What are your goals in life ? and what is it going to require for you to reach those goals? Does that line up with your values? I've got a local guy I know, and his goal is to have this great business, very effective business that runs without him pretty much, but it's not off the ground yet. The time required for him to do this so that he can in the future, have it running without him. He's not willing to put in. Why? Because his family time is extremely important.

He will cut the phone off. He will not answer a text or a call. That's priority, his family is priority, not the business and having it set up. That's what you got to ask yourself. What is the priority? This is not a complicated subject we're talking about today, but this is a very important subject because you don't want to make a commitment to yourself and then disappoint yourself because you are unable to make and fulfill that commitment. (07:38)

Don't commit knowing that you're not going to be able to follow through on it. It disappoints you, it does psychological things to you. When you say I'm going to do this and you set a goal, but then, you know you can't fulfill it because there's something else that takes priority over that goal that is going to be sacrificed. Make sure whatever you're sacrificing takes a lesser priority over the goal because that's the only way you're going to achieve.

We make decisions based on priority and what you focus on grows. Make sure that you are choosing the goals to be set, that you're going to focus on and that hold a higher priority than the things that you're going to be sacrificing. I want you to live in success. I hope you enjoyed this. I hope you got something from it. (08:35)

Check out our Facebook group, “bigger vision”. It's a free community that you can plug into. It's great content that's sent there. You can also find me on the web at www.mybiggervision.com. We have some real estate content there, some opportunities there with real estate. We've got a plug in where you can pull up the podcast as well. If you want to share that with a friend or family member, I'm going to ask one thing also, please give me a five star review, push the like button, hit the subscribe and let me know what you think about the episode.

Let me know if you have something to add to it in the comments. I read all my comments. It helps me. If you want to give that is a great way to give, give me that like, subscribe and review. It helps others like yourself hear this content because it helps the algorithm on the platform that you're on. I want you to live a success and until next time go make it happen. (09:35)

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