Goals, Dreaming & Planners

The beginning of a new year brings for me, a time of dreaming and planning.  A time to be thankful for the things that were good.  All things accomplished.  For reflecting on things delayed or scratched.  I like to take an honest look at where I am personally, professionally and spiritually.  With all of our obligations, there are points during the year where things get so busy it is difficult to do anything other than make it to the end of the day, check off the to-do lists and go. to. bed.

Once the Holiday season has ended, there is a renewing that calls.  To be able to sit down with a fresh planner and get to it.  I love the planner that a couple of us in the house have been using for the past handful of years.  (They did one order this year, but I believe you can still purchase a printable version if that is of interest to you.  No, this isn’t a paid ad by them.  I  became frustrated with finding a planner that met my needs and someone happen to recommend this one.  I decided to give a try and I am very glad that I did.  Now myself and our older daughter use and love it.  I know everyone has different needs from a planner, but if you are currently looking for a new one you might give it a try).  One of the details we really like is the that the iBloom planner has a pretty detailed section that asks you to spend some time thinking, dreaming and planning for the upcoming year.  You get to come up with a theme for the year and spend some time on a vision board.  As well as spending some time setting personal and financial goals.  I have always done my best in setting these goals and beginning the new year with excitement.

Unfortunately, I have noticed over the last couple of years I have been setting goals that were very similar to, or even the same as the year prior.  I began to feel disappointed that I could not seem to meet those goals and set new ones.

Internet research led to me to an article on goal setting that I enjoyed.  Jim Rohn broke a lot of information down into four categories.  He calls them tips, but for me they require and provoke more thought than a simple phrase or thought that I consider a tip.  Right at the beginning of the article there was a statement that caught my attention. “The benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving your goal; it’s what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your goal that’s the real benefit.”  Leading me to realize that maybe my approach as to how I evaluated the success or non-achievement of those goals had been a touch off the mark.  Let’s take a look at Jim’s tips – I can not wait to hear what y’all think of his tips and how you go about your own goal setting.  These will be a shorter version of his tips.  The full article is here.

  1. Evaluate and Reflect “The only way we can reasonably decide what we want in the future and how we’ll get there is to know where we are right now and what our current level of satisfaction is.  So first, take some time to think through and write down your current situation; then ask this question on each key point: Is that ok?”  The purpose of evaluation is two-fold, it gives you an objective way to look at your accomplishments.  Secondly, it shows where you are so you can determine where you need to ho.  It gives you a baseline to work from.”
  2. Define your dreams and goals “One of the amazing things we have been given as humans is the unquenchable desire to have dreams of a better life and the ability to establish and set goals to live out those dreams.  We have also been given the ability to not only dream, but pursue those dreams-and not just pursue them, but the cognitive ability to lay out a plan and strategies to achieve those dreams…Everyone has them.  They may live right on the surface or they may be buried deep from years of others telling you that they are foolish, but they are there.”  “Take time to be quiet…Schedule it if you need to.”
  3. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.   “Specific: Goals are not a place to waffle.  Ambiguous goals produce ambiguous results.  Incomplete goals produce incomplete futures.  Measurable:  Always set goals that are measurable.  Measurable and specific.  Attainable: One of the detrimental things that many people do-with good intentions-is setting goals that are so high that they are unattainable.  Realistic: The root word is ‘real’.  A goal has to be something that we can reasonably make ‘real’ or a ‘reality’ in our lives.  There are some goals that are simply not realistic.  You have to be able to say, even if it is tremendously stretching, that yes, indeed, it is entirely realistic-and that you could make it.  You may even have to say that it will take X,Y and Z to do it, but if those happen, it can be done.  Not to say it shouldn’t be a big goal – just realistic.  Time:  Every goal should have a timeline attached to it.  A powerful aspect of a great goal is that it has an end-a time in which you are shooting to accomplish it.  As time goes by, you work on it because you want to meet the deadline.  It may even be beneficial to break a big goal down into different parts of measurements or timeframes.  Work each of them out in their own S.M.A.R.T. timelines.”
  4. Have Accountability:  “When someone knows your goals, they can hold  you accountable by asking you to ‘give an account’ of where you are in the process.”





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