Beat the Meme and Achieve Your Goals!

Habit 2 of Dr Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® is to Begin with the End in Mind.

Life Goals 1We’re all familiar with the amusing memes that float around the internet about ‘life goals’ and ‘squad goals’ here at The Outward Bound Trust. The only difference is our instructors are serious about them and how you can achieve them. Whether it’s that dream car you’ve got pinned to your noticeboard or some vague new year’s resolution that you set yourself about “being healthier”, we like to help make your dreams become a reality.

So, for those of you who are desperate to beat the meme and achieve your life-goals our instructors have put together a couple of questions that you should ask yourself in order to get where you want to be in life.



1. What do I have to say about myself?

Not to get all morbid, but imagine for a moment that you are at your own funeral. In that situation what would you like your friends, family and classmates to say about you, would they say that you’re a loyal friend or a hard working colleague?

"If you carefully consider what you wanted to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success! - Steven Covey

If you literally begin with the end in mind you can paint a picture of what kind of life goals you may want to set for yourself and what success looks like for you. It will also help give you a bit of perspective on where that dream job, enormous mansion or flying car sits in the pecking order ;)

2. What am I going to do to achieve my goal?

We can all fall guilty of setting unrealistic life-goals. That’s not to say that we set ourselves unachievable goals, rather many of us often fail to plan the journey on how we’re going to get there. For example: You wouldn’t build a house without first drawing a blueprint, or go on an expedition without plotting your route, so why should your goals be any different?

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By beginning each day with a clear image in your mind of what you want to achieve that day, week or month you will be much better placed to succeed…Better yet, write your goals down or create a vision board!

During the Skills for Life Award every participant learns about and experiences first-hand the value of goal setting and how best to visualise their goals. The Award helps to breakdown what success looks like not just in the context of a hiking expedition or canoe journey but also in participant’s take-home action plans. Ensuring that every participant leaves the Award beginning with the end in mind.