I hope you took some time these past few days to think about your goals and intentions for 2015.
If you still haven’t figured it out, that’s ok. The last thing you want to do is force life goals on yourself. Then you’ll be chasing a goal that doesn’t match your priorities, beliefs and dreams. So take your time and let the thoughts flow. Your goals may come to you while you are sitting in traffic, taking a yoga class, or making dinner. But they will come.
If you have thought of some goals for this year, that’s great! You are ready to move on to step number 2, making sure you have the appropriate amount of goals.
Some people make 30 or 50 goals for a year. And you know the old saying, if you chase 2 rabbits you will catch none. If you are chasing too many goals, you will have a very difficult time achieving any of them. You need to be able to focus on your goals, and it’s hard to focus on 50 items!
So narrow your goals to no more than 10.
To narrow them down, first take out any “to-do’s”.
Things like “clean out the garage”, “update my wardrobe” and “keep my car clean” are great things to do, but they are not goals. These are items to go on your to-do list.
Goals would be more along the lines of:
– keep clutter out of my life
– feel confident about my appearance
Goals are more of a lifestyle aspiration rather than things to check off a list.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you have too few goals you risk burnout, boredom and living a one-dimensional life.
To achieve maximal growth, you need to challenge yourself in all aspects of your life. That way you continue to grow as a whole person, not just in your career or in your health.
If you are having a hard time thinking of more goals, think about the following aspects of your life and any changes you would like to see by December:
– romantic relationships
– family relationships
– physical health and fitness
– mental health
– faith and spirituality
– personal development and educational growth
– friendships and social life
– hobbies and recreation, things that you find fun
Chances are there are a few things you can add to your list.
Keep in mind that these goals need to align with your priorities and beliefs. If they don’t, then they will never be achieved.
What are your 10 goals for 2015?
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