We are living in crazy busy times — in the fast lane with no slowdown in sight — so we better be focused on what is most significant and important in life. Pay attention to those things and say no to everything trying to derail us.
We all have 168 hours per week to accomplish what we want to do. And everyone I talk to could use more like a 200-hour week. Every time I have a computer problem, the first question the tech guide asks is “Did you reboot the computer?” When was the last time you stopped to reboot your life?
C. S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” As we look forward to the new year, let’s take time to review our goals program and create a blueprint for future success.
An honest evaluation of the past is the first step toward a vision for the future. It is important to evaluate last year’s goals. Did you achieve them? Did you shoot too high or too low? In what areas did you do well and why? Conversely, in what areas did you do poorly, and why? This will enable us to make better, more realistic, and achievable goals for the coming year. After reviewing the past year’s accomplishments and failures, we want to review our wheel of well-being to see if we are riding down the highway of life in alignment and balance.
Below are the six pillars of life that are important to your success:
- Family and Home
- Spiritual and Ethical
- Physical and Health
- Social and Cultural
- Learning and Intellectual
- Financial and Career
In each of these areas, you want to develop a crystal-clear vision of where you are going.
Describe the life you’d really like to live. What’s possible? What does it look like when you’re living up to your best expectations in each area? Describe what it looks like and what it feels like when you are happy with each. Write in the present tense, as if it is already in place. This represents a picture of your future as you prefer it to be.
That clear vision allows you to set goals in the direction of your preferred future. It provides motivation, energy, purpose, and direction. It helps you to communicate your desires with the people around you.
Many people continuously work on personal tasks that are leading nowhere. I believe Thoreau could have been referring to them when he wrote: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Many have made financial objectives their sole concern and paid a heavy price for their success — poor health, failed marriages, neglected friendships, no personal development in any area except business. This does not have to be you!
By developing and pursuing your own personal strategic plan, you will increase your energy, motivation, and satisfaction — your happiness. It’s your choice to make. So, as you turn the page of your calendar in a few weeks, be ready to make the rest of your life the best of your life. For more resources on leadership and goal setting, check out Achievable.com today.