I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Everyone is still in a festive mood and the stress of the holiday season is winding down. I enjoy the after-Christmas sales and I usually take the week off between the holidays.
My number one favorite activity this last week of the year is reviewing the goals I set for myself last year and seeing how much I have accomplished over the past year. Every year I am amazed at how much I can accomplish if I do one simple thing. That one thing is writing down my goals!
Along with reviewing my progress in achieving my goals, I will create goals for myself going into next year. The top reason why I set goals is to steer my life in a particular direction. For me goal setting is no different than taking a road trip in my car.
I don’t just hop in my car and start driving; I have a destination in mind. If my road trip is across the country, I will map out how many days it will take to get there if I elect to drive between 500-600 miles a day.
Goal setting is no different. I want my life to head in a particular direction. For example, if I have a goal of retiring by the time I’m 65, I need to know how much I need to save each year in order to hit my financial goal and retire.
For years, I just went along with life like a fishing bobber floating on the surface of the water. The winds and currents took me where they may; I had no particular direction in mind. Once I decided to write down my goals and take action on achieving them throughout the year, my life changed.
The best way I can describe it is that it expanded. I found that with intention, focus and action I continuously exceeded my goals. Hitting my goals has given me the confidence to expand my life into areas I never dreamed of. Blogging three times a week was nothing that was on my radar scope over a year ago. Let alone blogging on Huffington Post and Aspire magazine to name just a few of the publications I’ve been featured in.
The number one reason I love goal setting is that it has given me the freedom to dream and dream BIG about how I want my life to look. Evidence on continuously achieving my goals over the past years is proof enough that when I set my goals high I will hit them.
I would encourage you to look to set goals for yourself this coming year. If you’re struggling with getting started, send me an e-mail and we can discuss.