Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between! Dearest friends, this is the post you’ve been waiting for, the main event, the highlight of the week, the pièce de résistance. Just in time for 2017, today’s post is all about goal-setting. Goal-setting is challenging, complex, overwhelming, and somewhat elusive, especially if your goals aren’t rooted in something intentional and purposeful. In fact, Southern Weddings editor-in-chief, Make It Happen author and Powersheet creator, Lara Casey, says goals must be “connected to what matters.” Raise your hand if you’re tired of just existing, moving about aimlessly, and/or setting (but not reaching) goal after goal after goal. Casey’s whole spiel gets at the very heart of that quandary and suggests that when we determine what matters most to us, we’ll be able live our lives with intention and purpose.
Casey has us first do some deep self-reflection and soul searching. So, complete the following pre-work:
- Make a list or visual of what you hope 2017 will look like (feel free to refer to yesterday’s vision board post).
- Reflect on 2016. Take a look back at this year and write down what worked well and what was challenging. What did you learn? Then establish what you’ll let go of in 2016 to move forward in 2017.
- Decide what you’re afraid of and why, and if you’re ready to move beyond those fears and have faith (see Monday’s post on leaving fear behind). Remember, progress and change are outside of your comfort zone.
- Based off of all the reflecting you just did, what will you say no to in 2017 and what will you say yes to? Write down everything that comes to mind.
- What motivates you? What drives you? Write it or draw it.
- This one was my favorite part, and probably the most important step: Discover Your Why. What do you want to make happen in 2017 and why? Think of your why as your purpose, cause, belief, or motivation to do what you do. Once you’ve got that down, you’ll be able to have a purposeful year.
Now, it’s time to set goals:
Finally, take action:
Once you’ve set your goals, you’ll need to create action steps towards accomplishing them, so make them small and specific, realistic, and physical. Break it down even further and, for each step, ask yourself what positive result would this goal have on your life and others, what people should you ask or resources should you use for guidance, what does progress look like for this goal, and how will you celebrate once that goal is achieved.
This is just a very brief summary and amalgamation of what Casey has outlined in her Powersheets and what I’ve learned over the last few years.
Check out last year’s post on resolutions. Are you ready to crush your goals in 2017? What other goal-setting methods do you use? Comment below!