What Does Your Diamond Look Like?

When it comes to goal setting, many of us focus on our business or career goals. Seldom do we think of the other important elements of our lives when we do our planning. The accountant in me reminds myself and others the simple fact that “what gets measured gets done”. Therefore, with this fact in mind, how can we achieve success in all the important areas of our lives if we don’t at least stop to measure where we are today vs where we want to be, and then create a plan to get there.

There are four essential elements to our lives to be considered when goal setting:

  1. Business and Career Success
  2. Financial Independence
  3. Family and Relationship
  4. Health and Fitness

Before you go on a vacation, do you not start the planning by looking at where you are now and where you want to go? Likewise, before starting the journey of achieving your life goals, it is important to identify your starting point in each of these four areas.

What Does Your Diamond Look Like?

To determine what your Diamond of Life looks like, start by taking out a sheet of paper and drawing the below image. Put one of each of the four essential elements of life goals on one side of the square.

With “0” being the centre of the box, and “10” being the outside of the box, for each of the four essential elements score yourself on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being your idea of perfection in that area.

Next, mark the point on the scale of 1-10 for each of the four areas. Then draw a line between each of the marks to create your diamond.

The goal of course, is to strive to achieve a perfect diamond.

What does your diamond look like? Have you been too focused in one are of your life and neglecting other areas?

Now that you have marked where you are on the scale of 1-10 for each of the four areas, let me ask you some questions:

  • Describe your perfect 10 for each of these areas. What does that look like?
  • How will you know when you get to the perfect 10?
  • What will it feel like when you’ve achieved a perfect 10?

Perhaps my most important question of all, what are you going to do today (and tomorrow, and the day after that) to get you closer to your perfect 10? Plan to do it, and write it down, and measure your progress.

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