“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals” – Henry David Thoreau.
Goal setting has always been important to me and this year, inspired by Thoreau, I took some time to reflect on the bigger picture of what I’ve become over the past 10 years. Something you should know about me is that I’ve been writing out 10-15 goals, annually, since I was about nine. Every year my sheet of goals has gone into the same picture frame covered in sparkly gold stars, perhaps to remind me of what I’m reaching for.
This year is a little different. I moved into a new condo last year and sadly, the sparkly gold picture frame didn’t survive its trip across town to our new dwelling. I’m still on the search for a new frame.
When I set goals, I begin with choosing four words that resonate with me; these are words that have a specific meaning for me for the upcoming year.
This year is about “Reach, Opportunity, Stillness and Momentum”
My next step in this process is to write about what these words mean to me and how I want to channel that this year. Out of these words, I create a career, health and personal goal. Here’s what I’ve got for this year:
“Publish a brand and a website by June 2014 to increase my public professional reach.”
“Complete Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, injury free, in less than 6h30mins to move toward my goal of racing in another Ironman.”
“I will create time for personal space by journalling 3x weekly and committing to a twice weekly meditation practice”
Under each goal, I write 4 action items, or sub-goals, to help me achieve me get there.
What are your goals for 2014? How will you achieve them? Leave me a note in the comments.