It’s the beginning of the new year and the beginning of new challenges. If you are anything like us, you were sitting at the table New Year’s Day, thinking about how quickly last year had gone. You are doing your best to recall all the highs and lows that occurred during the year and you are looking at your hands and coming to the scary decision that this year is going to be the year that you take control. This is going to be the year that you will reach your dreams!
But how do you get there?
“Dreams without goals remain dreams and fuel disappointment.” – Denzel Washington.
So, let’s talk about goal setting. Have you ever sat down and actually wrote out your goals for the year? How much more motivated to accomplish these goals do you think you would be, if they were written down, and hung in a place that you would see everyday. Would you think that you would be inclined to sit down and watch a new epi- sode of “Zombie Hoarders in New York,” if you saw that list hanging in your living room? So, this year, let’s write those goals down!
How do I start? Well, a suggestion would be to sit down and think about your life in five years. Go ahead. Close your eyes, and imagine where you are in five years. What are you doing? Where are you living? Let’s take those long term goals and write them down.
Now, take one of those goals and narrow down to what you can have as a year goal to help you accomplish that five- year goal. What can you have done in six months to help? One month? See how this is going?
Let’s do an example. Let’s say that my new long-term goal is to finally start that small business that has been circling my mind for the last few years. In five years, I want to have that business up and running , right? So, a one year goal to help with that would be to have all my licenses completed and filed. For a six month goal, you could have a desire to have your website up and running. For your one month goal, you could decide on what your busi- ness name is going to be.
Now, keep in mind, this is just an example. Give some serious thought to not only where you want to be professionally, but also personally. Write these goals down. Print them out and hang them in a place where you are going to see them everyday. Take accountability for every step you need to take to reach your dreams.
Remember, you don’t want to end 2015 with the thought that you should have put more time towards your dreams.