It’s the beginning of a New Year and that is a great time to look at your goals. This is not about New Year’s resolutions. It’s about creating your life on purpose. And I think one of the reasons I enjoy the process of goal-setting is I get to think about what excites me for the coming year. What projects do I want to take on? Where do I want to go? What do I want to do? To me, this is a fun exercise.
But it’s interesting to me that a lot of people don’t set goals at all. Studies will tell you that most don’t. I believe that is for one reason…fear. They are afraid they are doing it wrong. Some people are afraid they might fail. Often they might be concerned that people might make fun of them. Regardless of the reason, I would like to encourage you to take the time to consider your own goals. But start with one simple question.
What will excite me this year?
Spend some time considering goals in the 5 F’s of your life. Remember, if you want a well-rounded life, you should probably have well-rounded goals. Most of us have goals that center around two areas; finance and fitness. Though those are both important areas, they are not the only ones. That’s why I talk about the 5 F’s of Goal Setting. Finance, Fitness, Family, Faith and Fun. If you want a well-rounded set of goals (and a well-rounded year), this is a good list to start with.
Finance: This time of goal might center around how much many you want to make, how much you want to save or the sales number you want to achieve.
Fitness: Do you want to lose 10lbs? Want to run a half marathon? Maybe you just want to improve your diet. These are all great and they fall here.
Family: This is the place where I remind myself that I want to spend time with those that I love. Do I want to have a date night with my bride? Do I want to do something specific with my girls?
Faith: Do you want to give more? Do you want to get involved and volunteer? How can you make an impact in this are?
Fun: Yes…I think this area is important too. And it’s great if a few of these might overlap. For example, if you want to take a great family vacation, that might cover two of the five “f’s.” This is not a comprehensive list. But it’s a great start to getting you thinking about creating a year that you will be excited to live. Now let’s get them on paper!
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