December 30th, 2013
2014 New Year, New Goals?
What are Yours?
For the past 20 + years each holiday weekend I sit down along with my wife to discuss the previous year and think about the upcoming year. We consider what have we accomplished and what we want to accomplish during the upcoming 12 months are the questions we ask.
Certainly in our lives we have experienced difficult economic swings, positive years and always new challenges and as Acumen Management moves into our 17th year (yikes) I thought I might share the various categories we use to focus our lives. It is my hope that if you haven’t created formal 1, 5, 15 year plan for your life that you will consider it. Start with 2013 and build on to it.
We have saved these written documents and every year when I go back and re-read our goals from years past it makes me appreciate life more fully. However the most important learning from this exercise is that recognizing that there are no unrealistic goals, only unrealistic timeframes. We write these down as individual goals and then align them where it is appropriate for our marriage or as a couple.
Social: What will do to have a full social life with friends? Dinner parties?
Personal: What do “I” want to do this year? Travel to?
Physical: How will we continue to be healthy? Walk 2 miles a day?
Professional: What are my career goals? Gain a promotion?
Financial: What are my objectives as they relate to money? Pay off the mortgage?
House: What are our major projects? Build a back yard patio?
Societal: How will I give back to society? To make it a better place? Work in the food shelves?
One of the major issues is not to only make the objectives or goal achievement just about you. In one of my keynotes, “ Gourmet Living, Building a Menu for Your Life” I address the need for personal and professional life balance, what I address is the real success in life is the ability to positivity impact the lives of others and how YOUR life will grow because of the feeling you get from helping someone else. To make this a better place or help someone make their lives more livable, make that a part of your yearly plan as well. All the Best in 2014 and Think Positive!
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