Now if you thinking what does baking a cake have to do with goals?
Surprising a lot.
Today I’m going to break down the process of baking a cake, and how you can apply that to your goals.
So let’s get baking with goals!
Step 1 – Decisions
It’s a bit hard to bake a cake if you don’t know what cake you want to bake.
There are so many different cakes out there.
- Nut free
And so forth.
It’s important you are clear about what type of cake you want to bake.
Why? Well, the cake you bake will determine the ingredients that you need.
Make your goal/s clear and precise. This will help you get to your desired outcome and is measurable.
Step 2 – Gather your Ingredients
Let’s say that we have decided on baking this cake.
Look closely at the ingredients and then go through your pantry to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients.
Don’t overlook that step. You’d be surprised at how many times I have gone to make a cake assuming I had the ingredients only to discover I didn’t.
When you know what is in your pantry, you then know what you need to buy at the store.
Once you have all your ingredients, then you can start baking.
Get all the information you need to make your goal doable and achievable.
Step 3 – Follow the recipe
Recipes are the result of trial and error. Someone has gone to the effort to refine and tweak the recipe so you don’t end up with a sloppy mess.
So it’s vital that you read the recipe before you start putting things into your bowl.
Make sure you understand all the steps before you even break an egg.
Once you understand the recipe, start your creation. But trust in the recipe.
Follow the steps of your plan to get to your desired goal.
Step 4 – Bake
You’ve mixed together your ingredients and your batter is ready.
Pour it into the pan, and put it in the oven/fridge for its dedicated time.
All your planning and preparation is now in action, and you are achieving your goal.
Step 5 – Rest
The timer has gone off, and now your cake is ready to come out of the oven/fridge.
But it’s way too hot to eat, we need to allow it to rest and cool down.
Take a moment to reflect on your journey.
Bonus Step 6 – Icing on the cake
Once the cake has cooled down you may now decide to ice it.
You may need to follow the same first three steps when you do the icing.
Personally, I like going without the “frill” of icing.
You may be completely satisfied with your goal and don’t need the ‘extras. But if you do want the icing on the cake then of course you’ll have to work for that too.
The icing doesn’t make the cake any less than what it is. It’s still a cake, just dressed up.
Step 7 – Enjoy your Cake
Your cake is now baked, it has icing or not.
So sit down and enjoy every last bite of your creation.
You made it, reflect on your journey and be proud you completed and achieved your goal.
Stay tuned next week for Troubleshooting, for those times that you follow the recipe but it still turns out a dud.