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!