Thinking back to the example of the airport, if we want to get on a plane, we will need to:
Buy a ticket
Get to the airport
Check in, and check our bags
Go through security
Find our gate
Find our seat
For your goals, this is no different. This structure has a few important parts to it.
The “because” box. Why do you wan to do this goal? For yourself? For others? For fun? For your career? All of these answers are great, but understanding why will help you understand your motivation
Steps along the way. List out as many things that would need to happen as possible. Each step becomes a success. For example, if your goal was to run a 10K race in under an hour, your steps might be:
Sign up for a race
Buy running shoes
Find time for three runs a week
Run three times a week for a month
Run three times a week for three months
Run your 10K race.
At each step, there is space to check in with yourself to see how things went, and if there’s something that needs tweaking for the next step
Lastly, choose a reward that would motivate you to keep going. This can be a dinner out, a special purchase, or something else you usually consider a treat. Keep in mind, it’s usually best to choose smaller rewards for fast goals, and bigger ones for goals that take longer.