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Goals haven’t always treated me kindly. In fact, for many years I felt pretty defeated by missed goals. Yearly I would sit down and write out big goals: how much money I was going to make, how much weight I was going to lose, and how many books I was going to read. Guess what—in 5 years of working in finance, never once did I achieve all those annual goals.
The day I started achieving my big dreams was the day I left the expectations of others behind. I stopped listening to their list of goals for my life and instead starting listening to my own.
In fact, now I don’t even call it goal setting but instead, think of it as just planning instead!
Intentional living begins with purposeful planning.
This transition in thinking took “goals” from a list of “should-dos” to a much more actionable set of “want-to-do’s”—An action plan for living on purpose.
If you’re inside My Blueprint Year course or using my annual My Blueprint Year planner, you know I create goals (which I define as “outcomes” : the desired end state) in three categories : Personal, Professional and Financial.
Through My Blueprint Year planning process I have six “benchmarks” to keep me on track toward achieving these goals. These benchmarks are how I break my annual goals into monthly action steps and follow the more traditional S.M.A.R.T. goals approach.
I think it’s important these action steps be “checkable” (you can definitely “check” them off a list as definitely complete) to ensure progress toward the ultimate desired outcome.
For Faith : The Sacred Enneagram
For Fun : The Year of Living Happy
For Professional Growth : Leaders Eat Last Simon Sinek
“Making Memories” could be my favorite part of My Blueprint Year planning process. This intentionally reminds me to celebrate and be present. I can tend to fly through my days work work working away and become a one-dimensional business owner instead of whole human.
Do you have goals for 2019 and/or January? Share in the comments below and I’ll pick one of you to send a special surprise box of goodies from past live events! Snail mail is my favorite! And so is staying accountable to our goals!
"I have my cash flow plan beside me and I have been up sixty freaking percent this whole year simply by planning ahead for slow months and all the sudden the money is there. What! You are brilliant and I am so grateful for you and the way you love us and take care of our hearts and just are YOU! I sometimes feel like that 2nd grade kid who’s like, “Teacher! Look - I did my homework!”