In the last week of December, my husband and I rode off together into the sunset to make our goals for 2017. Oh, and to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary (which turned out differently than we expected). Goals get me so excited that I make goals about goal-setting. Weird, I know. But there is something so empowering about mapping out the next part of life and making a plan to get there.
Proper goals are not the same as resolutions. Resolutions can’t actually help you get to where you want to go because resolve is a fleeting thing. But resolutions do help our economy, at least in the beginning of a new year. When I was in Costco yesterday, it was easy to read the resolutions of the shoppers around me according to the items in their shopping carts. Most were health related – big bottles of multi-vitamins, cartons of protein powder, organic foods.
I have a few of my own resolutions:
- Don’t take a pregnancy test until I’m at least a week late for a period (ha!).
- Try Plexus supplements.
- Become better organized.
These are resolutions because they don’t meet the requirements necessary to make them goals. I want to do them. I plan to do them. But they aren’t specific and they don’t have time boundaries. In Dave Ramsey’s book EntreLeadership, he talks about SMART goals being
It’s not enough for me to say that I want to lose weight. It’s not even enough to say that I want to lose weight this year. Instead, my goal could be (really is) to reach my goal weight (i.e. lose 12 pounds) by the end of February. That is specific, can be measured, is attainable (I mean, if I actually watch what I eat!), is very realistic, and has a time for it’s achievement.
Another goal that my husband and I made for ourselves is to go on 2 overnight hikes and 8 day hikes this summer. I’ve never been on an overnight hiking adventure, and it’s been several years since my husband has either. We spent hours poring over the details of possible hikes and narrowed our choices down to 4. How to choose, how to choose – this is the difficulty!
We set goals of new clients for my business, monthly income for our family, personal development improvements, books to read, and many more things.
What really gets me excited is information like this:
There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” The result, only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the result was absolutely mind-blowing.
The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down were earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!
Don’t make goals in your head – write them down! The possibilities are endless!
Because I love to keep track of things, I made a chart to watch our progress. We’ll initial in one of the boxes when we read a book. The other section is where we’ll write the names of the hikes we take- after we take them. I’ve also included an income tracker. If you want to use this handy sheet for your own goals, download it here!
Share your goals (it’s another secret to achieving them!). I’d love to hear them in the comment section!