Happy December! Now is the time for us all to look back at 2016 and evaluate what we achieved in 2016 and set some goals for 2017.
Remember that old saying, “Failing to plan is the same as planning to fail?” There is an understanding among highly productive, motivated people that nothing happens by accident. In order for us to MEET our goals, first we must SET goals.
So how does one go about effective goal setting?
The first step in goal setting is to DREAM. Imagine what your life would be like if it were absolutely perfect. What would that look like? What would your income be? What would your career be like? What would your personal life look like? Your marriage? Your relationships with the people you love? Your faith? Your health?
Everyone’s goals are intensely personal but the process of prioritizing and goal setting is pretty much the same for everyone. Once you have visualized your ideal life, you can evaluate how far each aspect of your life is from what you have dreamed. Then you can make a plan to achieve it, or at least to take the next step on the path toward that ideal.
Let’s go over some examples of what that might look like.
I absolutely LOVE my job. I love being a family doctor, I love teaching medical students, and I adore my Shaklee business. Helping people is what gets me up and out of bed every day.
What do you love about your job or your career? Do you want to do more of that, and less of the things you don’t like? Do you find that there are aspects of your career that really are a killjoy? Is there a way to minimize those aspects? Would you like to see a promotion or other evolution in your career in the next year?
Go ahead and dream. Dream BIG. Dream a career dream that is so big it scares you! Then sit down and think about what it would take to achieve it. Look for training, look for advice from your boss or HR department. Do what you need to skill up to add more value to your employer.
Once you know what you need to do to achieve your professional goals, break them down into manageable chunks. Set deadlines (because a goal is just a dream with a deadline, right?) and work towards meeting those deadlines.
What do you dream about when you think of your personal life? Does your home not fit your lifestyle anymore, either because your children are grown and you’re an empty nester, or because your family has grown with a new baby or a parent that needs care? Do you want to live in a different city, or a different climate?
Do you have some trouble in your marriage that you’d like to resolve? Is your relationship with a sibling, parent, child or friend not what you’d want it to be?
Would you like to try a new hobby or learn a new skill? Travel to a new place, learn a new language, play an instrument?
Are you participating in your religious faith as much as you want? Is there an opportunity to get more involved in your religious community and hang out with those who believe as you do?
Could you explore volunteering for a charitable organization that is important to you?
Think back to when you were much younger and life was much less cluttered with obligations. What did you dream of doing that has been pushed to the side by job and family and other commitments? Is there an opportunity to fulfill that dream in 2017?
How is your health? Do you feel good every day? Do you have the ability to do the things that you want to do?
Do you move your body in ways that you enjoy? Do you know how to cook healthy, tasty food that nourishes your body and promotes health and wellness?
What health goals do you have? If you haven’t filled out a Shaklee HealthPrint yet, please click here and fill one out. It’s free, takes 5 minutes, and will help point you in the direction of meeting your health goals!
Remember to set goals that YOU have control over. For instance, you may want to win the lottery, but how much control do you have over that? You can buy a lottery ticket consistently, but that’s about it. In the same vein, you can set a goal to find your future spouse this year, but again, that’s not something you have a lot of control over.
You may want to lose 100 pounds next year, and you can do it, plenty of people do. But that enormous goal could be very intimidating. So it’s easier to set a smaller goal of exercising 30 minutes 4 times per week, packing your lunch daily and tracking your food on myfitnesspal.com to get a handle on your calorie intake. See how much more manageable that seems?
I want to help you set new goals for 2017 that will make your life better! Not just SET goals, but blow them away! Imagine how different your life could be next year compared to today. If you can DREAM it, you can DO it!
QUESTION: What big goals do you have for 2017? If you’re not comfortable commenting publicly, please email me at email@example.com! (And you’ll probably give me ideas for blog posts in the next few weeks, so please let me hear from you!)