A Completely New View of Goals

I’m one of those people who make daily “to do” lists and checks off the stuff that gets done.  I’m also a voracious goal setter.  I always have goals – I don’t always achieve them, but I know where I am going and how I plan to get there.  I am always puzzled by people who DON’T have goals…how do you know if you are accomplishing what you want to accomplish?  How do you know if you are headed in the right direction?  I think I have always been goal driven, then I went into a corporate culture that was VERY goal driven, so I had my natural tendencies backed up with an actual system.

This year, like many in the past, I started working on my year end goals – what I would accomplish in the last 6 weeks of the year – partly to keep me focused and partly to keep me motivated through all the “fa-la-laing” going on.  I have eight 6 week goals – I suppose that is ambitious, but I think it is very doable.  I have a mix of business (7 goals) and health goals (1 goal), to keep me on track until January 1st…and if I achieve these goals, my year will start off extremely strong!

I am using different tools this year – I participated in a Sucess webinar and it got me thinking that I should freshen up my approach to goals for the next 6 weeks (I started my 6 weeks goals on November 20th) and for next year’s goals.  I signed up for Jim Rohn’s “One Year Success Plan” and started listening to the webinars.  In the very first session, I was asked to list “5 Things I Have Already Accomplished” – the idea is to realize you already ARE doing something right.  I was then asked to list the things I want to accomplish in the next 10 years…anything and everything…just write down ideas.  I came up with 34 possible goals.  We then chose the top 4 goals and those goals that would be accomplished in 1, 3, 5 and 10 years.  I had 7 goals to accomplish in a year, 14 in 3 years, 7 in 5 years and 6 in 10 years.  I hardly ever think 3 – 10 years ahead, so this was a great exercise for me.  We also had to write WHY we wanted to accomplish the top goals we chose…again, a great thought to consider.  If you don’t have a compelling reason to do what you are setting out to do…then why the hell are you doing it??   The last part was writing out “what kind of person must I become to accomplish my goals?”  Now THAT was an eye opener.

So, I have written goals for literally YEARS, but this year, I am going into my goal setting process with my eyes open and an understanding of WHY I am focusing on the goals I choose.  I fully expect the next 5 weeks and 2018 to be simply amazing…because I will make it so.

P.S.  If you are interested in the “One Year Success Plan” here is the link:


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