Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Goal Planning

Now that we're fast approaching the end of another year, it's time to make some decisions about the next one.  Do you know where your heading in your life?  Have you got specific goals for the next year? the next five? the next twenty?

The truth is that if you don't know where you want to go you will never get there. (Image from )

In a now-famous Harvard study,  students where asked if they had goals that they had written down.  Only a small percentage did.  Twenty years later, when that same group was surveyed again, that small percentage with written goals had been more successful than all the rest of the students combined.

It's important to think about what you want, and just as important to write it down.  There are many people who teach this, but still so few who actually do it.

Tony Robbins has a terrific free seminar that you can take that will walk you through every step of creating goals for yourself. (You can find it here.)

But if you want something quick and simple, go back yet again to the downloads I told you about at LifeYourWay.  Here you will find a one page planner that I use each year to plan my goals.

It consists of answering four questions :
  • What are you trying to achieve? What is your ultimate purpose?
  • What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?
  • What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years?

These first 3 questions allow you to format in writing where you want to go. Then the last question is your action plan for the year

  • What goals will help you move toward your vision?

You have space to list 10 specific goals that you want to achieve in the next year, and you are reminded to make your goals measurable, inspirational, concrete, realistic, obtainable, and micro - small goals that move you towards your vision one step at a time. (Just like in my Kaizen Paleo plan)

Being financially independent, having a beautiful home, and being able to live anywhere in the world,  is an achievement, for most of us. Probably not something to be accomplished in the next year  .... but opening a savings account, making regular monthly deposits, and having enough to start an investment plan can be one of your specific goals this year.

The same goes for becoming Paleo.  If you've been eating the regular SAD diet all your life, chances are you're not going to become effortlessly Paleo tomorrow.  But it is an accomplishment you could list for the coming year.  Especially if your specific goals are to work through the ten eating and ten lifestyle steps one at a time until you incorporate them effortlessly into your daily routine.

If your goal is to get into better shape and make exercise a bigger part of your life, joining a gym when you're completely out of shape might not be the best way to approach this, but going out walking several times a week with a friend is a very doable goal for your list.

Whatever it is that you want most in life, it can be achieved if you attack it step by step.

Sometimes you will have to modify your wishes, but the end result can be just as gratifying.  Maybe you can no longer be the basketball star you always wanted to be, but you can coach a boys club team and become a star in their eyes.

Thinking about and planning your future is a great exercise to do on New Year's day to start the year off right.  Once you've filled out the form, put it in the front of your planner where you can see it every day and be reminded of where you are going.  

If you want to go the extra mile, you can also make a vision page for yourself with pictures to visually remind you of your goals. Put it in your planner opposite the goals worksheet. (I show you how here.) 

That's what I do every year.  I make it a ritual on New Year's day to put on some of my favourite music, sit down with a glass of wine, and plan my year. Sometimes I spend quite a few hours planning and thinking ..... but I have always found it's time well spent.  It gets me focused, and gives me a path to follow the rest of the year.

Living a happy, beautiful, successful life requires taking the time to create it.

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw

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