What would happen if you got into your car and didn’t know your destination? Where would you end up? Nowhere? It seems like a silly question to ask, but if we don’t know where we want to go with our lives, where are we going to end up? We spend more time planning our vacations than we do planning our lives. Whey is that? A goal is nothing but a dream with some sort of a deadline. Creating a road map is necessary if we are to really get any kind of control of our lives and go forward.
- Have a established goals for the next year, 5 years, 20 years?
- Am I truly living the life that I want to live?
- Have I made myself accountable for what I want in life?
- Will my failed goals lead to unwanted consequences?
Our goals drive us, they allow us to shape our future and provide us with the ability to grow and excel in each of our endeavors. That being said, it is important to remember that in order to achieve our goals we must first document them somehow. When we do write down our goals, something amazing happens: we become creators, creators of our own paths. Remember, what the mind can imagine, it can create. Anything is possible. HOW we are going to achieve our goals at the time of setting them may not be clear, but if reasons come first, answers will come second. If you have a big enough WHAT, the HOW will manifest itself – you will find a way to make things happen.
- Do I have goals that have been left unaccomplished for an extended period of time?
- Am I truly making strides towards accomplishing my goals or am I hindering my own efforts either consciously or unconsciously?
- Am I willing to look at things differently so that things can change?
- Am I open to new ideas or strategies that may positively assist me in the achievement of my goals? Where can I get ideas? Who could help?
Each year, I take the time to reflect upon my goals from the previous year. I like to evaluate what I have accomplished, and review everything that has manifested throughout the year. It always makes me smile to see how things have unfolded for the goals which had a strong WHAT even if I did not really know at the time how I would get them accomplished…amazing how that works!!!! To continue, now that I have reviewed my previous year’s goals, I am ready to set new goals and design a roadmap for the next year’s journey. Any successes I have – motivate me to create new goals for the coming year and open up my mind to all future possibilities.
My goals, categorized
- Personal development and relationships…what skills do I want to develop? What do I want to learn? What relationships do I want to create?
- Career – What do I want to accomplish? What kind of impact do I want to have?
- Fitness, nutrition and food for the soul…What level of physical fitness do I want to maintain or achieve? What can I do to improve my eating habits? What practices can I partake in that will cultivate my spirituality?
- Material things and time savers – Have fun with this one…have I been dreaming about purchasing a new car or installing the latest home entertainment system? Or do I want to hire help for household duties so that I can have more time with my family and friends?
- Economic – What income level do I want to achieve? What do I have to do to obtain it?
- Legacy – What do I want to leave behind? What do I want to be remembered for?
So on Monday I will give some stategies…. but for now… c-o-f-f-e-e