One morning a couple of weeks ago I was taking my morning walk. I’ve started getting into the (great) habit of listening to podcasts while I walk. They’re all business-focused, because I am trying to learn more, understand more, and generally expand my education and talents. (Never stop learning!!)
On this particular morning I was listening to Amy Porterfield’s podcast: Online Marketing Made Easy. She was speaking with Carey Bentley of Lifehack Bootcamp. Carey and her husband Demir help people become more productive without sacrificing all your time and happiness.
So, there I was, walking and listening and then Carey started talking about having a Champagne Moment. As she explained it (and I’m paraphrasing here - please listen to Amy’s podcast with Carey so you can hear the whole, proper explanation), you determine what would have to happen in your life to pop a bottle of champagne. This helps you to get focused. You remove all the extraneous stuff that’s bumbling around in your head (for me, that’s about a million things!), and you focus on some specific goals that allow you to reach your champagne moment.
Sunday night I decided on two goals. The first was going to be for business. I would make sure I posted once daily to each of the three Facebook pages I manage. It’s important, and I tend to slack on that. The second goal was for me, personally. I wanted to accomplish a FitBit goal. 10,000 steps every day Monday through Friday. And for some of you, that doesn’t seem like a lot, but you have to know that me and exercise - we’re not the best of friends. We don’t like each other much. :)
Those were my goals. They were attainable. They were focused. They were each very tangible. The 10,000 steps were measured on my FitBit. I can’t fake that. (unless I shake my watch forever!) And the posts are definitely tangible. You know if they aren’t there online - and everyone else knows it, too!
Both of these goals were attainable, yet I had to put some amount of effort into them. Did I succeed? You bet I did! I gave myself reasonable, actionable goals prior to the start of the week. I knew about the goals. They were there every day. They were staring at me. I made sure I accomplished them no matter what, and I achieved my champagne moment. (Okay, it wasn’t really champagne. I did have one cocktail with dinner and celebrated my victory!)
I love goal setting, but I especially loved this easy, and more focused way of setting - and achieving - a goal.
Are you ready to set a “Champagne Moment” goal this week? I am! I’m going to plunge into my emails from Lifehack Bootcamp and start learning more about becoming more productive. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.