Goal Setting Using The Inbetween Method

Having a goal is very important.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, for all the silliness he represents and how over the top his movies are, is very passionate about achievement.

He worked out 6 hours a day never missing a beat, while working a job in construction while going to school for acting. He pushed himself to the extreme and accomplished things for fun that most people would consider impossible dreams.

Here’s an abridged list of what he has accomplished:

  • Champion Body Builder
  • Power-lifting Champion
  • Movie Celebrity, played in countless roles
  • Governor of California
  • Real Estate Investor

Arnold did all this because he understood the power of goal setting and goal achievement.

There are many methods out there to plan out how to achieve your goal, Arnolds focus is on working your butt off and make sure it’s working towards something.

For myself, I always liked having a plan. It was back in college that I borrowed a tool used in animation as a foundation for how I plan my goals.

How Animators Animate

In the field of animation, there is a method called “Tweening”, or “Inbetweening”.

The method is quite simple, and is used to create animation and movement.

As an example, let’s follow the method and animate a ball rolling across the floor.

Frame 1, we know where we are starting ( Where we are at )
Frame 1, we know where we are starting ( Where we are at )
Fame 2, we know where we want to be ( The Goal )
Frame 2, we know where we want to be ( The Goal )

We’ve got established where we are starting, the ball is on the left, and we want to make the ball be on the right, and create the illusion of movement while doing so.

Using our imbetween method, we draw what the inbetween step would be before the ball ends up to the right.

With our beginning and end defined, we can figure out what's inbetween them
With our beginning and end defined, we can figure out what’s inbetween them

Let’s now see what it looks like so far.

With our start and our end defined, we now "kinda" have an animation.
With our start and our end defined, we now “kinda” have an animation.

As we can see however, it looks choppy, unrefined. So you know what we do?

The same thing we just did, we add some steps inbetween what we’ve already got. Doing this we get two more frames.

Inbetween the start and our middle
Inbetween the start and our middle
Inbetween our middle and our end
Inbetween our middle and our end

Put it all together and you get this:

Final Animation

Much more smooth.

Inbetweening for Goal Setting

As with our ball, we define where we are at and where we want to be.

Defining your starting point

This is crucial, you need to be totally honest with yourself with where you’re at in contrast to where you want to be. It’s easy to protect the ego and say “it’s not as bad as it seems” or “well I did do this and this”. No no no…

You have to be crystal clear on where you are at.

For instance, let’s say you want to own a car.

You would not say “Well, since I can drive my friend/family/parents car I technically have a car”.

No, the fact is you don’t have a car, and the result you are looking for is to have one to call your own.

Let’s say after much thought you’ve decided that your starting point is simply “I don’t have a car”.

Defining your goal

Once again, we need to define with crystal clarity where you want to be or what it is you want to accomplish.

As with defining your starting point you need to be crystal clear, and don’t let substitutions distract you from it.

After some contemplation you’re crystal clear on “Owning a car”.

Making your plan

We’ve defined your starting and ending positions:

  1. I do not own a car
  2. Own a car

Next, let’s use the inbetween method to come up with a reasonable halfway point between where you’re at and your goal.

  1. I do not own a car
  2. Have half the cars down payment in money set aside
  3. Own a car

Okay, that’s better, but let’s inbetween again, work out the feasible halfway points between these three items.

  1. I do not own a car
  2. Secure a source of income
  3. Have half the cars down payment in money set aside
  4. Sit down with a car dealer and discuss options
  5. Own a car

One more time…

  1. I do not own a car
  2. Do some job hunting
  3. Secure a source of income
  4. Start putting aside $300 per month
  5. Have half the cars down payment in money set aside
  6. Have enough for a down payment
  7. Sit down with a car dealer and discuss options
  8. Decide what I can pay each month for a loan
  9. Own a car

You can see within 3 iterations of using this method we have a pretty feasible plan for obtaining a goal. The best part is that it’s already in a step-by-step order!

Started with the starting point at the top of the page, and where we want to be at the bottom, then just filled the rest in between

What do you want to achieve?

Take some time to apply this, really think about where you want to be and use this method to create a step by step plan on how to achieve it.

Using your journal you can track progress, and use it to continue to inspire you to keep at it. A prompt such as Grand Goal can help you keep focused and working toward achieving whatever you want to achieve.

This method has worked quite well for me for the past 8 years, and I hope you get as much value out of it as I did.

-Devon

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