It’s that time of the year again…cinnamon sugar cookies, hot cocoa, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and the purchase of new planners and journals to just get us into that holiday spirit.
The spirit of dreaming, planning and creating our most amazing year yet!
The countdown to 2014 is on, baby!
Not only do I embrace the holiday season, but I feel a double whammy of excitement because I love dreaming up new ways to make my life even more blissful, exciting and meaningful. I see each new year as a new blank chapter in my book of life, and it’s up to me to create the story.
Well then, what are we waiting for? Let’s create our most scrumptious, irresistible year yet!
An average person with average talents and ambition and average education can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals. – Mary Kay Ash
4 Ways to Set (& Keep) Irresistible, Life-Changing Goals
1. Dream Big
Create your bucket list today. Pull out a couple of sheets of paper and write down 1-100 on it.
In their book, Creating Your Best Life, Caroline Adams and Dr. Michael Frisch recommend labeling your list as follows:
1-10: Top 10 Burning Desires (Choose the ones that are immediate)
11-20: Keep Dreaming (Dig deep. Dream bigger. These goals might be a big of a stretch but they are ones you’ve alway thought about. Things you’d like to accomplish in the next 3-5 years)
21-30: It’s Getting Harder, so Dig Deeper (Think about your fondest wishes as a child. What were your dreams while you were still in school?)
31-40: Think of Experiences that Might Feel Like Fairy Tales (Visiting Paris in the spring, Visiting the ruins of Pompeii)
41-50: Your Professional & Financial Goals
51-60: The People You’d like to Hear, Meet and Study With.
61-70: Be Outrageous! (What do you secretly want to do that might sound silly to others?)
71-80: Spiritual Goals
81-90: If You Had 6 Months Left to Live…
91-100: If You Die Tonight, What Would You Like to Have Accomplished?
2. Limit Yourself
Okay, this might sound like a contradiction, but what I’m telling you is to only work on 5-10 goals this year. If you decide to do more, you’re really spreading yourself thin in terms of time and energy. Also, make sure they are well-diversified across the major areas of your life: Your environment, business, bank, health, love life, friends/family, spiritual and mental development.
3. Be Futuristic
Pull out your wall calendar, planner, Google calendar, whatever you use. Then choose dates for when you’d like to accomplish each goal. Give yourself enough time to accomplish each goal: For example, let’s say you want to create an online course to supplement your business income and you estimate that it’ll take you about 5 months. Give yourself a cushion here, sweet cheeks! Stretch that goal out to 6-8 months.
Here’s why: Stuff happens.
Your web designer might quit on you, you might need to take a few weeks off due to sickness, you get involved with a fabulous new program, etc. Then when the final date comes and you haven’t reached it yet, you get get upset, disappointed, hard on yourself and feel like a failure. Often when we create goals, we are super gung-ho about accomplishing them and tend to minimize the amount of work and energy that goes into creating them. We tend to forget that life happens and subconsciously think that if we move up our goal date, it’ll push us to work harder and more efficiently. Not so, honey! Think about it this way: If you give yourself a cushion, you can always reach your goal sooner than the cushion date. You can always work on your goal on the days that you hadn’t planned on working on it.
4. Break Down
No, don’t have a nervous breakdown (that’s what can happen if you give your goal too little time)! Break DOWN your goals into smaller goals. Then, break them down again. Then break them down again.
Let’s say you have a goal to run a marathon. And you’re currently not a runner. It’s January 1st and you are gung-ho! You’ll run one in 6 months, you tell yourself! You’ll lose those 15 lbs! You’ll train hard everyday! Hold your horses, angel cakes. The goal is totally doable but remember to give yourself a cushion: Set the goal for 9-12 months from now. Now, break it down.
Find the race that you’ll run in 9-12 months. For this example, let’s say it’s 11 months from now. Stick it in your calendar. Now, set your goals backwards from there. After researching how much you should run each week to be ready for a 26.2 miler in 11 months, you realize you should be able to run 24 miles in 10-11 months. Put that goal in the 2 weeks before the marathon. Pull out your running research and plug in all the miles you should be running each week to get to the final number. You’ll find that it starts with a simple 1 mile run now, or at least within the next couple of weeks. But since you’re not a runner, you gotta start! There are a number of things you can do:
1. Join a gym
2. Find and join a running club.
3. Buy running clothes.
4. Buy running shoes.
5. Create running playlists on your MP3.
6. Schedule in weekly running dates.
7. Research workouts that complement running to make you better.
8. Hire a trainer/running coach.
You plug all these steps into your calendar. Many of these steps require additional steps (for example, find and join a running club). You’ll need to research local running clubs, figure out when they meet, ask to participate in 1-2 runs before committing, etc. This may take you a month, or it may not. Either way, it’s not something you do instantaneously.
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Comment below and share with us your best tips for keeping your goals! What are your goals for 2014? Which ones seem far-reaching?