Episode 209: Proven Practices for Setting Goals as a Couple

What were you taught about setting goals as a kid?

If we’re taught anything, we’re usually taught to set goals around New Year’s. But now, as we head into the last quarter of the year, is actually the perfect time to start considering our goals for the upcoming year.

Gary Keller and Jay Papasan show us that, if you want to have great success, you have to have a bigger view of time — and you have to understand that the actions you take today may not have results until days or months down the road. So, in this episode, Jay and Wendy Papasan are going to share how they’ve been setting goals for years and how you can apply these simple practices into your own relationship and/or business, even if the other people in your world aren’t goal setters.

The ONE thing to takeaway from this episode

Jay tells us that goal setting isn’t nature — it’s nurture. It’s a skill you learn over time.So, if your partner isn’t a goal setter right now, that’s okay. You don’t need to be the same person. So, instead of trying to make another person a goal setter, how can you extend an invitation to get on the same page? How can you make it clear that you want a better understanding of what matters to them and what they want to be focusing on, and vice versa?What can you do over the next year to support them? And how can you develop an ongoing relationship with those goals?That’s what it means to live a life by design rather than a life by default.If you want support, you can join us at the Goal-Setting Retreat Nov. 9th & 10th in Austin, TX at the1thing.com/event or learn how to facilitate your own with the Goal Setting Retreat Master Course.


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