This is the time of year people start putting together a plan for the New Year. The old year may not have been the year that was remarkable in any shape, so now, this New Year is a time to start over, start with a clean slate (tabula rasa).
What will make this year different than the last one? What new goals will you create and really carry out not just for a month or two but for the whole year?
What new powerful goals are you ready to put forth? Who is going to hold you accountable for getting results? Who will let be accountable for holding you to results? How important are those goals to you?
On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being very low to none – 10 well defined and living them)
___ I am a person with goals and I sincerely desire to advance towards my goals.
___ I value learning, growing and contributing and taking action in my life.
___ I am continuously developing and nurturing relationships.
___ I believe in who I am and my ability to make positive change in my life.
____ I am willing to stop behaviors that limit my success.
____ I am confident that I can make the changes I desire in my life.
____ I am focused and driven towards my success.
____ I celebrate my successes
_____ I am loved and give love willingly.
_____ I am enjoying my life, I am happy to be alive.
Total up the number of points. How did you do? If you scored less than 80 then you might be feeling like there is an opportunity to live a better life. If you scored over 80, what changes would allow you to live even a better life?
As a starting place create a strategy for obtaining the goals you desire. Start with a mission statement that defines what your unique purpose is. What are you really trying to achieve? What will enable you to sustain a passion for over a period of time?
Next define some goals, perhaps stair step goals that allow you to take the big goal and break it down into manageable pieces at a size that advances you without creating discouragement. If the goal is weight loss do a little each week, and focus on the small step rather than trying to make the big goal happen quickly.
After you have your goals written down and well defined (what does success look like?) then define the action steps necessary to realize those goals.
Action step: ( a small step to towards the goal)
Success is: (what is a successful result)
Started: (the date you started)
Realized: (the day you reached the goal)
Celebration: (what you will do to celebrate)
Accountability Partner: (Who can support you in your quest to success, someone that won’t judge your progress)
For each goal outline the steps you’ll take to realize those goals. A popular method for creating a goal is to use the SMART process.
SPECIFIC: What is the specific goal, so a general goal I want to lose weight needs to be defined as a number; I desire to lose 20 lbs in 4 months.
MEASURABLE: The goal statement specified 20 lbs, so yes it is measurable.
ACTIONABLE: It is possible to lose 20 lbs in four months, that would be 5 lbs a month, so if that is doable, then, yes!
REALISTIC: 5 lbs a month, is that something that you could do, about a pound a week. Is that “realistic”, then yes!
TIME BOUND: In 4 months to lose 20 lbs … that is the time to accomplish the goal.
If the Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time bound question are able to be answered with a “Yes” then the goal can be achieved. If an answer is “No”, what would it take to make it a “Yes”. Sometimes it requires rewording of the goal to contain measurable and time based objectives.
When you achieve your goal, find a way to celebrate that success. Cheer yourself to greater to success.
When do you start? TODAY … why wait another moment to live the life you been dreaming about. Start living your life with intention, the intention of being fully 100% the person you were meant to be.
- Create a mission statement for your life.
- Create goals that support your mission.
- Break down the goals into smaller actionable steps
- Take action, start doing and reaching.
- Celebrate your success
- Grab the next goal and repeat the cycle.
Keep a journal of your progress and you’ll be surprised by how many positive changes you can make in a year.
“Goals.There’s not telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.”