1. Spend three minutes listing items to answer this question: By the end of my life, what do I want to have done?
2. Spend three minutes listing items to answer this question: By one year from today, what do I want to have done?
3. Spend three minutes listing items to answer this question: I just found out I have 30 days to live. What do I want to have experienced in this last month of my life?
4. Circle the three most important items to you from each of the first three steps. Combine repreated item answers into a single goal.
5. List your top three goals for Steps 1, 2, and 3. You msy have fewer than nine goals after combining duplicates.
Now, look at your schedule for the coming week. For each goal you listed, make time on next week's calendar to take a specific action toward accomplishing that goal. Write down the action you will take, and the specific day and time when you will spend at least an hour working on it.
6. Be realistic. If you can't easily think of an action to take or don't want to spend an hour to move forward on it, then cross that goal off your list.
7. Now you have your final list of your most important goals, an action to propel you toward each goal, and a specific time to take that action. If you crossed a goal off that final list, don't be concerned. It probably wasn't that important to you.
Take a look at the list of goals still left. Study it. Search for broader themes about what you want to do next. What do these goals say about who you really are and what you want?
Take a wide view of your goals so you can complete the following sentence.
What I want next is...