It’s 2010, and in typical fashion, all blog owners are laying out their goals, I’m going to take a slightly different approach, and try to teach you how to lay out your own goals and help you achieve them. I’ll do this by going through the process of laying out my own goals, but please adapt this to whatever is relevant in your own life.
I am a firm believer in the use of goals for the achievement of success. I have my overall life goals, my long term goals, short term goals, and super short term goals.
I don’t have all of these written down in a nice pretty notebook or something…we all have these different goals, we just don’t take time to write them down. Everyone secretly knows some life goals (raise a good family, become wildly successful in business, become a music star: those are life goals)
Long term goals might be graduating college, or looking for a director position in your firm, they aren’t all clearly defined, but we all know where we would like to go. Short term might be to 6 month to year long goals like losing weight to fit into a dress for a wedding, or building up some muscle in the gym. Super short term might be that this week you want to go work out, or this month you would like to eat out less. Everyone has goals, few people write them down.
Writing down goals is a HUGE part of motivation: reminding yourself of where you are going can be a huge help in all aspects of life. Remember, we all have the power to achieve our goals, we just have to be willing.
My one year goals are as follows:
Those are my main goals for a one year period. Some call it a new years resolution, so I’ll go with that for now, but I HATE that term. First of all, no one ever keeps their “New Years Resolutions” so it kind of sets you up for failure, secondly, January 1 is one day apart from December 31…there is not a huge monumental change, time goes on at a relatively constant rate as far as we know; years are only for our benefit for the use of knowing the seasons.
Side note, at the New Years Eve party, I made a promise that we would celebrate New Years 2042 on Mars (2032 on the moon) and I realized…it won’t be the new year on Mars, since Mars has a different year than us. Years are arbitrary in the grand scheme of things.
Anyway, so above are my three main goals for the year. Call those strategic goals, it outlines where I would like to be; now we need tactical goals, or the steps we will take to get there.
Goal one: Lose an average of 2.5 pounds per week
Goal Two: Use motivational tools to drive success in all aspects of my life
Goal Three: Have a good job that I like by the time I turn 22 (June 17, 2010)
So You can see, goal setting is very important. There are different levels of goals to use, and there are more specific levels (for example, those to-do lists I will be using are daily tactical goals which will lead me to achieve my tactical goals, to lead me to achieving my three main goals) When you are looking to create goals for yourself for this year (or any time frame) try to achieve some balance between the three most important areas of your life.
Health, Wealth, and Love. All three need to be balanced, and you can’t achieve success in life without these three things. They are very general labels, but because of that generality, they can apply to everyone. Improve your health and wealth, and have no love or relationships, your mental health will suffer. Find love and health, but no wealth your relationship could suffer…etc.
I will stop rambling now, and leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
I cannot become who I want to be by remaining who I am.
-Adapted from a Max Depree quote