My husband and I usually have a “meeting of the minds” at least once a year. We talk about the year and the new year to come. We usually head to a fun coffee shop or restaurant with pen & paper in hand. It’s easier for us to write it out. Then we can cross out, start over and highlight. I bring my vision board along, which has all of the fun personal stuff.
We lay it all out and hit all of the areas of our lives. Some of our topics include spiritual life, personal goals, work/career, family, school year, vacations, and retirement goals. Of course we start with the fun ones like vacations and personal goals. Once we have those set it’s easier to move into the harder ones that will help us reach the fun goals in life.
Why do we hold these meetings? We hold these meetings because we want to move forward and chase after a dream. Proper goal setting can take seem like a huge task, but a plan breaks it into small ones that we can reach. If one of us wants to go back to school and get a degree, we need a plan!
3 Simple Strategies for Sticking to Your Goals
- Set goals that can be measured and that follow along with your overall mission.
- Become aware of your obstacles and make a specific plan to remove or overcome them.
- Aim with purpose. Set a higher goal that includes others in your goal.
There are two fun acronyms that I share with my clients when they want to start a new game plan. Remember that you can begin anytime, it doesn’t have to be in the month of January. It can be July or September. Start anytime you are ready to begin fresh.
The first one is called GROW, which stands for:
- G - Goals: What would you like to see happen with your spiritual life, family life or career?
- R - Reality: What is or is not happening for you right now in your work place, personal life or home life?
- O - Options: If you didn’t have any restrictions or constraints what would you be doing or not doing?
- W - Way Forward: On a scale from 1-10 how confident are you of achieving these goals?
Because writing your goals out is a game-changer, write them out and try posting these goals where you can see them daily. Be careful who you share these with: on one hand they can keep you accountable but on the other hand they may rain on your parade. Remember that slow and steady wins the race.