If nothing changed in your life over the next 5 years, would that be OK?
If you want different results next year, what are you willing to change in what you are doing now?
There is considerable evidence to indicate that expectations of your future do, in fact, tend to create your future. People usually end up pretty much where they expect.
It seems reasonable then, to spend some time determining specific, worthwhile expectations that will make your life more meaningful. If you don’t have a written plan for your life, it may feel like you’re driving a car without having your hands on the wheel.
The best way to predict your future is to create it.
Are you a goal setter? Do you typically set goals at the first of the year? If not, why not?
“With definite goals you release your own power, and things start happening.” Zig Ziglar
This is a basic starting format for goal setting. You may feel you are being rushed or hurried. However, you will find that if you do not begin to make decisions you will tend to procrastinate and your history will simply repeat itself. A quick decision is often the best decision and is certainly better than no decision.
Indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity.
Goals are not written in concrete and unchangeable terms but they do give you a starting point and a destination. The important thing is that you are in charge when working on your goals. It is the easiest way to put yourself in the driver’s seat of your life. Your life has meaning only when you are working toward goals that you have decided on.
Goal Setting Worksheet
In order for your purpose in life to be fulfilled, you must set goals in multiple areas. Success is not just career or financial – family, physical and spiritual are equally important areas of achievement. They are a part of the same whole, balanced person.
Any stage in life can be an exciting time with many opportunities, or a dreary time of confusion and entrapment. You may not be able to change your circumstances, but you can decide that the circumstances won’t dominate you. You do have choices.
Begin with the five-year goals and then work backward to what you need to do today to make deposits in what you want to be five years from now. Be specific, creating quantifiable benchmarks to track your deposits of success.
There is something magical that happens when you write down your goals. I have seen people transform their levels of success almost instantly simply as a result of getting clearly defined and written goals.
PHYSICAL Health, Appearance, Exercise
“The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is, on the contrary, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life.
When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else – we are the busiest people in the world.” Eric Hoffer
Do you take long walks, exercise or meditate regularly?
Are you living a balanced life? Is this an area that deserves more time?
Can you just give yourself 30 minutes to relax?
Do you know that physical exercise is a cleansing process that can dramatically increase your creativity?
Wealth is difficult to enjoy if you’ve given up Health in the process.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT Knowledge, Education, Self-Improvement
Your success, financial and otherwise, will never far exceed your personal development. Start doing something that you’ve put off because of the risk of failure.
Want to learn a new language? Make this your year.
How many books will you read this year? They say that if you read 3 books on any subject you will be an expert in that topic.
Take the time for personal development! The question then is, what are you doing with that time? You can listen to audio and transform your success.
Where do you look for inspiration, mentors and positive input?
What gifts do you have that you have not been using? Is there some potential for full achievement that needs to be unlocked?
(Be Specific – can we measure this?)
“Never rest on your achievements; always nurture your potential.” Denis Waitley
CAREER Ambitions, Dreams, Hopes
This is an outcome of knowing what you want in the other areas. Your career should be a reflection of the LIFE you want. Once you decide on the life you want, it becomes obvious what kind of work embraces that. We want to help you “Plan your
Work around the Life you want.
What are your unique:
(1) Skills & Abilities
(2) Personality Traits
(3) Values, Dreams & Passions
These will define your best applications for work.
“THE BEST WAY TO PREDICT YOUR FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT”
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