I love writing goals! I love thinking about my future, I love reflecting on how much progress I've made, and most importantly, I love accomplishing everything I set out to achieve in my life. The funny thing is that I wasn't always the type of person that would write goals.
The first time I started writing goals was when I truly gained clarity and realized how much I was missing out on in my life. I never did self-reflection or planned out my year in advance. I mean, who does that? Am I right? Back then, I was merely trying to keep up with a running list of tasks I felt needed to get done. There wasn't anything I needed to accomplish that would serve me from fulfilling all my tasks other than to mark another item off my to-do list. That process didn't get me anywhere because I just ended up adding more things to do as I completed them. That's when I knew something had to change. I couldn't keep living my life that way. I needed to change something, or I would be living a life that was no longer my own. I needed to get a better understanding of the what and why's, that way I wasn't just cruising through life.
I gained a lot of guidance from all the personal development books I've read in my earlier life. The tools were always there, but I wasn't applying them daily. I began dreaming bigger and working harder after I read
If you haven't read that one yet, you really should make that one your first book to read this year. If you have read it, I recommend you pick it up once more. I'm sure you'll find some golden nuggets the second time around.
I also did some research on how to set intentional goals and what method actually works. Let me save you a lot of time by telling you right now that nothing will ever work unless you take action on what you promise yourself you will do. However, if you feel as though you could use some extra guidance with setting intentional goals, be sure to try out our Setting Intentional Goals: Reclaiming Your Life One Task At A Time.
What's even more powerful is writing those goals down with a pen and paper. This is where the exercises and prompts provided in our worksheet can help. I noticed that when I practiced this method of self-reflection, I became more aware of why I wanted to accomplish certain things and how it would help me grow spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. It allowed me to raise my ambitions in life and appreciate every precious day I'm gifted with each morning. Life is too short and unpredictable to live day in and day out on a hamster wheel. When you start living intentionally by creating your future with something as simple as making a plan for your day, you're making the conscious decision to live your life the way you want to live it. I don't know about you, but when I've reached the end of my life, I want to be confident knowing I did something that mattered, that I lived fully with love and intention and that I challenged myself to be better than I was the previous day.
Every day is a great day to get started with setting intentional goals. Just because January 1 has passed doesn't mean you can't begin dreaming and creating today. You will start noticing improvements in your life and yourself. You'll feel happier, more confident, and productive. The satisfaction you get from creating your life each day is priceless because now, you'll be living it by design and not by default. You will start noticing that you have more creative freedom to do the things you've always wanted to do but have been putting off for years. You'll restore quality in the work that you do every day regardless of your job title. Even if you're at a job you don't care for, you will find a way to either make a change there or elsewhere to gain that fulfillment you need to create a happier life. You'll also start noticing that you give yourself and your family more precious moments together.
I'd love to hear from you. Join the conversation below: What are some actions you can take today to get you closer to where you want to be in life? What's one thing or experience you can do today to get you closer to your goals?