Getting A Life – integrating work/life balance
Setting goals and creating plans to achieve them are nothing new. In the 1960’s, David McClelland of Harvard University showed that setting specific goals and developing a plan to achieve them made entrepreneurs more successful. Later research revealed key elements about what works and what doesn’t. As David Goleman in his new book The New Leaders points out, they include:
- Goals should build on one’s strengths, not on one’s weaknesses.
- Goals must be a person’s own – not goals that someone else has imposed.
- Plans should flexibly allow people to prepare for the future in different ways
- Plans must be feasible with manageable steps. Plans that don’t fit smoothly into a person’s life and work will likely be dropped within a few weeks or months.
Most goal setting templates view life as having four different aspects such as mental, spiritual, physical and social. Others expand that view slightly by including financial and family goals.
Some years ago, Graham Harvey developed a ground-breaking goal setting methodology that enables life to be broken down into not four, nor six, but twelve different areas. Users of this model all report being able to more specifically identify and clarify what it is they truly want to be, do, and have in all twelve areas of their lives, and to develop the necessary focus and discipline to achieve previously elusive goals. As such, they find they are better equipped to develop plans and actions leading to quicker and more fulfilling achievement of their goals, and achieve greater balance in their lives.
The twelve areas are:
- Values and Ethics
- Partner and Relationship
- Family and Home
- Health and Fitness
- Education and Knowledge
- Career and Business
- Finance & Investment
- Contribution and Community
- People and Friends
- Recreation and Leisure
- Personality and Image
- Mission and Purpose
Each of the twelve areas is represented as the spoke of a wheel, which illustrates the interconnection and interdependence of each area of your life on all others. A simple example; a million dollars in the bank without one’s health intact, is arguably of little value. Similarly, having excellent health whilst being broke hardly makes for a life of joy and comfort.
Suitable for both keynote presentations or breakout workshops, Getting a Life … integrating work/life balance in an overwhelming world provides an interactive opportunity for participants to design a balanced blueprint for their lives … to view and enjoy life holistically … to learn, love, laugh and live life to the max.
‘Today is the tomorrow your dreams, plans and actions determined yesterday’.
What do you want your tomorrow to look like?