At the conclusion of each year into the beginning of the New Year, I purposely review and evaluate my goals, and develop and set new goals for the New Year. And although I’ve done this for several years now, it still amazes me how many of my goals are actually realized at the end of the year. You see the awesome thing about goal setting is that it gives you direction and focus. It essentially allows you to lay the foundation and infrastructure for your personal and business success. In addition, physically writing your goals on paper – consciously and unconsciously – creates a sense of accountability and you produce results.
With that being said, as we enter into a new year, I encourage you to set aside time this month and create your goals. In the spirit of living a successful, prosperous and balanced life – you want to define goals for each area of your life. For your convenience, I have defined the steps along with a sample outline detailing how to proceed.
GOAL SETTING OUTLINE
Step One: Define Ten Power-Packed Action Words that Describe You
Pull out your dictionary and thesaurus, if necessary, to find ten positive words that describe you presently and/or the person you are striving to become. (i.e. hardworking, determined, responsible, etc.)
Step Two: Define Ten Words of Affirmation for You & Your Purpose
Words of affirmation are positive words and sayings that vividly describe what and who you are presently or to be in the near future. You can be as creative as you like and you can also use biblical references for your affirmations. I challenge you to get bold with your words of affirmation. (i.e. I am a blessing to others, I am the apple of God’s eye)
Step Three: Create a Vision Statement
A vision statement is defined by Rodger Constandse as “a vivid idealized description of a desired outcome that inspires, energizes and helps you create a mental picture of your target.” The vision statement should state what and/or where you want to be in the future. Make sure that it clear and precise.
Step Four: Define 1-5 Long-Term Goals
Write specific, measureable long-term goals. Write exactly what you would like to accomplish when it is all said and done. I encourage you to go way out there – there are no limits or boundaries. In fact, the only limits and boundaries that may exist are the ones that you set yourself. These goals should intentionally be big and possibly extend far beyond your current capabilities. (i.e. I will discover the cure for HIV/AIDS)
Step Five: Define 5-10 Specific Short-Term Goal
Write what you want to accomplish within the next twelve months. It is very important that you are extremely specific with these goals. Next, you want to create the steps/actions necessary to achieve these goals. And, lastly, each goal should have a target deadline when you want the goal to come to fruition. They each should be a stepping stone to get you to the overall vision.