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Each year I sit down and plan out my goals for the year. Like most things, I typically separate each goal into different categories: personal, professional, relational, and spiritual. Although there may be category cross-over, it’s helpful for me to be able to see where I am focusing in each aspect of my life.
Sounds like a great and organized plan, right?
Well, not entirely.
I would agree that it’s a great place to start, but the problem with my previous goal planning is that it lacks one essential piece, STRATEGY.
Whether your goal is to make more money, lose 10 pounds, read more books, yell at your kids less, or live a more organized life, you need a plan on how to get there.
So this year I revamped my goal planning worksheet to include 4 key parts:
- WHAT your goal is (what are you striving to achieve?)
- WHY it’s important to you (what is the reason behind your goal? Articulating your why can help you stay on track when you feel unmotivated.)
- HOW you plan to get there (what steps are you going to take each day to help you get closer to reaching your goal)
- WHEN you expect to reach your goal (is this something you plan to accomplish next week, next month or next year)
Once I started including these details, I felt a sense of clarity and direction that had previously been lacking. To help you with your goal planning, I am including a link for you. Feel free to download as many as you like (I use one sheet per goal).
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