Choosing Your Goals for 2002
By Rebecca Coates Nee
January 21st, 2001
Have you done it yet? Have you figured out what you really,
really want in all areas of your life, the true Big Picture
for yourself? If not, get
cracking! If you have, read on to find out how to make a list
of achievable goals for the coming year.
Write down everything you think you want both professionally
and personally, big and little, in the next year. A new job?
Caribbean vacation? A pet iguana? Now, edit that list. Throw
out all those things that aren't really yours. You'll know
if the desire isn't yours if it brings up a sense of dread
instead of excitement. If one of your goals is to get a job
in a bigger market, for example, is that what you really want
or what you think you're supposed to do to please other people?
Also, eliminate the pipedreams that you'd like to achieve
but you know you aren't willing to do what it takes to get
there. If you want to run a
marathon but can't even manage to fit two miles into your
schedule now, make running the two miles the goal.
Cross off all the things you think you should do but don't
really want to do. If, every year, you keep telling yourself
you should lose 10 pounds but you
never do, then the goal isn't really that important to you.
Get rid of it.
Now look at the goals that are left. What's missing? Have
you neglected one
area or left out something you've always wanted? Put it back
in. Compare your
2002 goals to your Big Picture goals. Will this year's goals
help you get
where you eventually want to be or will they stand in your
way? Throw out
those that will block your success.
Then, for each goal, write down the steps you will need to
take to achieve it
in 90-day increments. List the smallest baby steps you can
imagine. Put a
deadline next to each step. Try to replace every step that
hasn't worked in
the past with a different approach.
Decide what new habits you'll need to establish to accomplish
your goals. If
one of your dreams is to write the Great American Novel, how
you writing now? Also, tell someone about your goals. There's
nothing like a
little public pressure for motivation.
Keep a success journal and divide it into a different section
for each goal.
Paste inspiring pictures into each section and record your
progress and new
ideas. Look at your journal every morning and evening. Reading
your goals out
loud may seem silly but it works! Affirming your ambitions
to yourself every
day will keep your attention and energy focused on your goals.
Most importantly, have fun while you're going after your
goals. Life isn't
meant to be one constant struggle after another, most of us
just choose to
make it that way. Try to go with life's obstacles instead
of fighting them
you'll sleep a whole lot better on your way to success.