Time for Life Planning
In The 100, I dedicate a section to life planning. Similar to using this time of year to plan next year’s business goals, this is a good time to plan next year’s personal goals.
Goals transform vision into reality. Practical goals are SMART: Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. While many of us make long-term goals; specific short-term goals drive us to achieve our long-term goals.
Writing goals down is essential. A study by Dominican University professor Gail Matthews found writing down goals, making an action plan, and communicating to others results in being twice as likely to accomplish the goal.
Here are some goal setting tips:
- Write down your goals. Then, wait a few weeks to test your conviction.
- Break your long-term goals into short-term goals backed up by a plan
- Look at your goals every day
- Include dates. A goal without a deadline is just a dream.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz are a couple of great books on goals.
Here’s a goal setting template.