It’s hard to believe it is March already. Just about this time of year, the goals I set in January can start to lose their energy and commitment. That’s when I remind myself, it’s only month 3 and not too late to re-engage. (Remember “failing successfully” is about the willingness to keep trying.)
If you need a little boost to your own commitment, read on.
My wife and I do a Goal Setting workshop together to help us assess where we’ve been, where we are, where we want to go, and what we need to do to get there. Taking part in an annual review of our finances, our family life, and our careers has been highly instrumental in helping us achieve our dreams.
That’s why I want to provide you, my faithful readers, with the chance to join us. I have made my Goal Setting Workbook available as a FREE downloadable resource.
Goal setting is the reason people achieve their dreams. You’re not going to move forward in your career, in your relationships, or in your personal development by accident. Goals orient your desires and turn your dreams into reality. The only difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline, and that’s what my Goal Setting Workbook is all about.
There are five stages about Goal Setting: Reflection, Dreaming, Setting actionable steps, Taking Action and Measuring your progress along the way.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that unless you know your past, you’ll be destined to repeat it. But I don’t want you to reflect on just the negative things that happened this past year in order to decide what needs improvement. I also want you to reflect on the positive, on the surprise successes, and on the things that have worked well and the improvement that you’ve already begun.
Your rearview mirror is smaller than your windshield because you’re supposed to put more focus on what’s ahead of you than what’s behind you while you’re driving. But for the moment, I want you to put your energy into considering what you’ve already learned from your past experiences so that you can create the future you want.
- Take notes as you reflect: you’ll need a journal, a pen, and time to yourself. A life worth living is a life worth recording.
- Schedule a “phone call” to yourself. Find a quiet place three times this week and take 30 minutes to reflect on the last year. Add these times to your calendar the same way you would with an important conference call. Don’t begin Goal Setting until you’ve spent the hour and a half reflecting, because this is the first and one of the most important steps.
- Consider how you did financially this year during your time of reflection: how you did with self-development, how you did in your relationships, whether your relationship with your significant other is in better or worse shape than this time last year, how you are progressing in your career, how fulfilling your work is, how you’re balancing your work with your life, whether you like the decisions you’ve made regarding food, health, and exercise, and whether you have or need to take a personal getaway or a family vacation. (This is just to get you started. There are many other areas you may wish to consider during your reflection.)
- Reflect on your Reflection: do one of the hardest reflection exercises there is. Take five minutes and really look at yourself in the mirror. Say your name and your age out loud and think carefully about who you are today. Decide who you want to see in the mirror next year.
Get your FREE download of my Goal Setting Workbook here and learn about the other four steps of Goal Setting by checking out these blogs Dreaming, Setting actionable steps, Taking Action and Measuring your progress.
As a speaker and author, Curtis Zimmerman has impacted over one million people with his life-changing messages and award-winning programs. Curtis is an expert at transforming organizations by inspiring individuals to live their lives at performance level.
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