Have you ever felt that a whole chunk of your whole life has gone by without having anything to show for?
You go through the same routine day in and day out but looking back you are not sure if you have actually done anything “great” or made any “difference” in your life or to those around you.
Until recently I have felt that way. I felt like I was living life without any purpose or direction. I was starting things but not completing it. I was just going through the motions of the day but I didn’t really feel content or happy.
I then came across Crystal Paine, a prominent blogger, who shared about how setting goals had changed her life. Her explanation was simple, straight to the point and it made sense. Why didn’t I see goal setting from this perspective all along? In her own words:
I decided to try out her advice and suggestions for setting goals. I have found that I manage to get things done each day and I feel like I am not wasting my days away. My plans and activities are thought out and executed with a purpose. I get to work on and connect with things and people that are meaningful to me.
The best part is that this goal setting plan is tailored to each individual. It can be adjusted and you can make it as simple as you like therefore being able to achieve your goals. You can set yourself up to succeed!
First off answer these questions:
#1 Everyone’s priorities will look different. Some will have more some will have less. My priorities I listed were: 1.)Spiritual Life 2.) Family 3.) Health 4.) Housekeeping 5.) Ministry 6.) Budgeting 7.) Blogging
#2 What do you want to accomplish for each priority? What is your long-term goal? You could have one, two or more long-term goals for each priority. The key is to make it achievable – simple, easy, practical. For example goals for Health are 1.) Sign up and run a 5k and 10k marathon in 2015 and 2) Complete the Fit Girls Guide 28 Day Jumpstart. For Blogging, my goal was to write 1 post a week. Simple enough right? I didn’t expect myself to join 10 races or blog 5 times a week.
#3 Now what daily, weekly or monthly baby steps will you take to accomplish your long-term goals? This is where you set your short-term goals. Continuing from my example in #2 – to be able to run my 5K race I made my own exercise/running schedule so that I train enough to do well and complete the race. That running schedule that leads to the completion of my 5k run is my short-term goal.
What drew me to this method of setting and keeping goals was the fact that I am working on and spending time on my priorities – on what matters in life. By sticking and following through with my goals I can look back and have no regrets about what I did with my time or how I spent my energy.
Crystal Paine blogs about budgeting and her family life. Even though she is a “Mommy” blogger what she writes about goal setting is applicable for every person. You can read more and get better ideas and examples starting with ‘How to Change Your Life by Setting Goals’
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- How Do You Decide Your Yearly Goals?
- Some Thoughts on How to Set Goals
- Goals for 2012
- Goals for 2015
Start setting your goals today so that you can live a fruitful life driven with purpose.