As we continue charting our new course, we are going to take an inventory of our hopes, dreams, and desires. In this second step, we are going to brainstorm every area of life. I call it Goal-Storming!
We will consider 6 areas of our life (physical, spiritual, financial, mental, social, and professional) and record every possibility…and even a few that seem impossible. It’s a total brain-drain of all of our ambitions both present and future. This process takes our random thoughts and puts them into written, tangible form.
As we get ready for this exercise, open yourself up to the possibilities. Don’t second guess your dreams or limit yourself. Record even the most outrageous vision you may have, even if it seems improbable! Write down anything that captures your imagination in each area. If you want to be a ski instructor one day, write it down. If you hope to have a million dollars in the bank, record those hopes.
Give yourself permission to dream BIG.
Be willing to take a risk.
At this stage, we are not going to assign time frames or worry about our goals fitting any model. We only want to record every thought and then we will edit and define specific goals in a later step.
Find a comfortable, quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Give yourself at least an hour to complete this step. Take your time and be thorough recording your current aspirations as well as future ones.
Use the questions from the 101 Goal-Storming Questions page found in the 7 Steps Workbook (FREE download here)to stimulate your creative brain. Let your mind dislodge all of that hidden potential!
Record your ideas on the Goal-Storming Form. You may need to print multiple copies of this form.
For complete information on goal setting, pick up a copy of 7 Easy Steps for Goal Setting Success by clicking the book below!
Before we begin to set goals and change our course, we should first understand our present location. It’s like those maps…You are here! Once we pinpoint our present location, we can map out a course to get us to our destination.
The Wrap Up step accomplishes this. We can bring closure to those areas that need it and highlight our areas of strength. Reviewing our past gives us a fresh perspective on where to make improvements. It provides focus for the next segment of time as we look towards setting goals.
During this step, we will consider 6 areas of our life and evaluate each one. For convenience, we will approach this step as though we are wrapping up the end of a calendar year.
As you begin, use the Wrap Up Form (download here) and ask yourself these questions… (more…)
Is 2018 the year for change?
You may be an average Joe, an ordinary person with an average education. But one thing can propel you from ordinary to extraordinary…
The #1 way to restructure your life is to set goals and complete them.
Goals are the framework for a successful, productive life. See my previous post, 2018…Time for a Change!
Still not convinced? Here are ten reasons why you should consider setting goals:
#1 Goals define who we are. We are all different. We have varied gifts, experiences, hopes, and dreams. Because of this, no two people will have identical destinations. Each will find their own individual path. When we set our targets, they are an expression of who we are and where we want to go. Goals are an extension of who we are.
#2 Goals propel us forward. They are designed to motivate us to take action. Instead of worrying about our present condition, goals provide the inspiration to move us forward. (more…)
It’s a new year…are you ready for a change?
Need a little help getting started? Join me over the next few days as we explore the pathway to a positive future.
There is no better time to refashion your life than now. Change starts with a few easy steps, some goals, and persistence along the way.
Just ask these people…
- Jennifer earned her Ph.D. and now teaches at a university.
- John and Joanne enjoyed two weeks of sun and fun in Hawaii.
- Patrick wrote and published his first book.
- Joyce graduated from college at the age of 74.
- Anna lost 57 pounds in just three months!
What makes each of these people and events remarkable? They all set goals and then worked hard to achieve them! Whether it is losing those extra pounds, saving for that once-in-a-lifetime vacation, or reaching for your dreams, there is a way for the impossible things to become possible.
Once you get focused and develop an action plan, positive results will follow! 2018 is the year to uncover those hidden and forgotten ideas and make them a reality.
What Are Goals?
Goals help us to make meaningful progress towards our dreams. They launch us into the realms of possibility.
A goal is an aim, destination, ambition, or objective which is achievable through planned and directed effort.
Goals are our path forward. They provide us with a destination, a life map. If we were planning a vacation, we would start the trip knowing our journey’s end. We chart a course and off we go. There may be different routes, some more direct and others more scenic. We may run into traffic jams, roadblocks, and construction delays. If we are determined, we press through the obstacles because of the benefits once we arrive. I have never stopped my car, turned around and said “This isn’t worth it. I’ll just cancel vacation this year!”
Goals function in the very same way. They give us an endpoint, a destination to work towards. Like the roadmap, they guide our decisions and actions and give us a course to follow.
What would you like to achieve in your lifetime? What is your passion? What problem unsettles you and demands attention? How do you plan on seeing your ideas come to pass?
These key questions are designed to help unlock the hidden potential within you. And we are just getting started.
Join me in my next post we take charge of our life and jumpstart 2018!
My heart beats, red, white, and blue!
Because the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, I thought we might find some inspiration from history. These patriotic quotes are from several presidents, a first lady, and a few recognized leaders throughout our past. Take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice and service of these patriots.
Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. Adlai Stevenson
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. Ronald Reagan
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson
Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. Calvin Coolidge
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. Thomas Jefferson
And so, my fellow Americans… ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. John F Kennedy
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George Washington
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S Truman
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Eleanor Roosevelt
And with a touch of humor comes this quote from Mark Twain…Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it!
I hope these quotes inspire you to become all that God has created you to be…to your family, your community, and to your nation.
Happy Birthday, America!