LIFETIME GOALS

PSQ = Productivity, Satisfaction, Quality
The Power of Thinking in Threes

LIFETIME PSQ GOALS: The journey and the destination.

In order to personally benefit from concepts like productivity, satisfaction and quality, we've first got to clearly establish some sort of mental benchmark which depicts and defines as precisely as possible what each term means to us.

Why...? Because the only way to experience progress, produce benefits and confidently steer a preferred course on any map is to identify where you want to get to, where you're starting from, and what you need to get there.

In other words, by specifically identifying and defining our own deepest and most closely held "lifetime goals," we imbue tangible and thus attainable qualities to otherwise intangible, experiential "quality of life."

This in turn enables us to draw our own map, pinpoint where our life is right now and chart a course that will, step-by-step, get us to where we want to be. To begin, read the following overview of goal-setting, considering the various stages of development, pinpointing where you are on this ideological map at this moment in time, and otherwise preparing yourself to answer a couple of questions about your own goals in relationship to your own sensory definition of PSQ:

I. LIFETIME GOALS: Stages of development.

  • Beginning: early, general level; inception; “new idea” stage; thinking is fragmented yet all encompassing; possibilities reel and strategies are proposed.

  • Middle: coalescence is in process; plans have body and substance; strategy is in the refinement stage; clear evidence that “something is happening” is visible to the naked eye.

  • End: cohesive motion, enabled by logical process and creative inspiration; accomplishment and actualization; ingenuity and innovation converts obstacles to solutions; fait accompli.

II. ENABLING OBJECTIVES:

  • Beginning: experimentation with various approaches; plans for actions are tentative, past results & experiences, pre-existing “norms” and recognized predispositions are evaluated, big picture "what if's" are construed, desirable outcomes are envisioned, possible attainment strategies are explored. 

  • Middle: envisioned outcome is clear, attainment strategy with points of progression is implemented; the plan is put to work; To-Do list items are tended, new items are added, actualization is in play.

  • End: results are inventoried and evaluated; desirable and non-desirable outcomes and their probable causes are identified; new findings are applied to old action plans and refined objectives are invented for implementation "the next time."

III. PRIORITIZED TO-DO LIST:

  • Beginning: amalgamated list of specific and general tasks, including “questions to get answered,” related to the accomplishment of one or more objectives.

  • Middle: prioritized list with general headings categorizing and specific tasks (usually integrated with some type of development timeline).

  • End: 95% of all items tended and routine follow-up complete; final de-briefing in process, results with carry-over of ongoing To-Do list items to new To-Do list.

IV. MULTI-DIMENSIONAL APPLICATION

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PRIORITIZED DAILY TO-DO LIST

KEY POINT: Recognize that Lifetime Goals are, by nature, in a perpetual state of refinement and, as illustrated above, encompass multi-dimensional thinking, planning and doing which results in a routine to-do list that actively enables the attainment of your Lifetime Goals.

“A Lifetime Goals Statement is neither magic nor a cosmic exercise in clairvoyance. There’s really very little involved in getting one down on paper.”

KEY POINT: To fully experience the benefits of confirming your own Lifetime Goals, it is important for you to “start from right now,” considering things from the perspective of what makes you tick, where you genuinely want to be headed, and who you are at this moment, today.

“You can gain a valuable new perspective by seeing your long-familiar thoughts committed to paper, because you can then examine them more closely. Once they have an independent identity, you can scrutinize them better. They can be analyzed, refined, changed, updated, and pondered.”

KEY POINT: Optimize your introspective peak and enhance self-awareness by addressing each of three questions (below) one question at a time, answering each quickly, taking only a couple of minutes to list the first things that come to mind and then taking a couple more moments to review and embellish the list you’ve created.

“You most likely will discover goals that are important to you, even though you never verbalized them or took them seriously before. This happens because writing requires you to be more specific; aims get narrowed down because you can’t write very many words compared to the millions you have thought in your lifetime. In fact, your selection of what you write down indicates priorities that might surprise you.”

KEY POINT: For indicators of Lifetime Goals that may be inherently meaningful to you yet previously unarticulated, reflect on your common behaviors. Are you doing something you love doing with your life? Are there strict dividing lines between work and play? Are your relationships satisfying? Recognize that all of these circumstances may and will be beneficially influenced by setting your Lifetime Goals, tending your Intermediary Objectives, and doing the prioritized actions on your To-Do List.

QUESTIONS:

How would you like to spend the next 3 to 5 years?




 

How is this different than what you are doing now?





If you knew with certainty and for a fact that six months from now you’d be whisked away by aliens, win a 40-million-dollar lottery, or meet the sweetheart of your dreams, what would you do between now and then?





With your response to these questions in mind, what are your lifetime goals?




Once you have answered these questions, the next step is to distill the essence of each of your Lifetime Goals, creating a personally unique "pneumatic" cognitive tool which enables you to leverage the attainment of your Lifetime Goals through your daily actions and routines. Doing this is at the heart of a PSQ technique called "Thinking In Threes."


NOTE: Quotes and Key Points above excerpted and condensed from “How To Get Control of your Time and Your Life” by Alan Lakein.

 

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