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Goals are just dreams with a deadline

Many years ago, I did a simple but powerful exercise and decided to I put my dreams down on paper. I imagined what my life would look like in five to ten years. Life was great. What did it look like?

As I am writing this today, I am wondering if some of you might think this is not that important or a little bit far-fetched. 


Why would we be so readily to do this for our business life, yet more hesitant to do this for our personal life?

In this video,I want to share one simple piece of advice that can really make a difference long term for your life.

I work with many leaders around the world. I take leadership teams through a three-month journey challenging and changing their work habits. During the last workshop, called ‘Amplify Your Life’, I ask them to consider how important these habits are for their personal lives. The surprising thing is that most leaders spend a lot of time and effort on their business strategy but hardly any time on their personal goals.

Brian Tracy, a personal productivity guru, wrote in his book ‘Eat That Frog’ that only 3% of people take the time to write down their goals, which is a very small percentage of the population,

In the last workshop I ask everyone to take six minutes to write down their dreams and goals for their personal lives. I ask them to imagine their life in 5 to 10 years. I suggest they make a list of all their dreams and goals, from crazy things to pragmatic ideas. 

6 minutes…

Most of them at the start think it’s not possible. They believe they’d need 2 hours or even  2 days to think about it. This might be the case but what I’m suggesting is doing a first draft, to get started. 

Last week I did this workshop with a group of leaders from a large international company. I was very touched at the end to get a message from Kamila, one of the participants. Her feedback ‘phenomenal’.  

I did this exercise more than 20 years ago and it had a profound impact on my life. So, my question for you is this: Is it worth spending six minutes to ask yourself  what you want to achieve long term for your life and writing it down? 

This is this week’s Work Smarter: Live Better tip.  

I hope you find it helpful. 

A bientôt,

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