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!
December 31, 2018
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My 2019 sales goal is to double my sales from 2018! It’s a big goal, and I’m still working on the action steps and revenue plan for how to make it work, but I’m just excited to be STARTING the year with a PLAN!
That is a huge goal but I believe totally doable with a plan! So excited to see your excitement for creating an intentional and purposeful plan. Here’s to 2019! xo
Personal goal: Create more whitespace & boundaries to open up more quality time with my husband (both of our love language!)
Financial goal: Hit my sales goal (my “enough” number) through carefully and intentionally planning out my painting/product launches/collaborations.
Professional goal: Paint intentional collections with a clear style/purpose/inspiration.
Quality time, enough, intention. YES! Can’t wait to see all the beauty you’ll create this year! xo
Goals : to feel my healthiest self, to continually stay inspired, to buy intentionally from brands who are making a difference, to do the very best and grow in my current job, network, create a blog, have a financial plan, take some trips and pay off student loans!
Love seeing these goals. Can’t wait to see the milestones and action steps you create to achieve these in 2019! Cheering you on!