If you tried the exercise yesterday you’ve come up with your list of things that went right last year and a few things you’d change.
Here’s your assignment for the weekend: Imagine it’s December 31, 2013. What are the 3-5 goals, accomplishments or activities that, if you can make them happen in 2013, will mean you’ve had a great year?
Writer and futurist, Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, says if you have more than 3 goals you really don’t have any. If you have many more than that the whole process gets unwieldy and too complicated…but you can stretch it to 5 if you’d like.
So, what are your 3-5 goals? Don’t forget to be specific. Saying, “I want to be happy” isn’t a goal, it’s a wish. What specific goals, accomplishments or activities give you the feeling of being happy? Being with a specific person or family? (How often and in what types of situations?) Losing weight? (How much and by when?) Making more money? (How much and by when?)
Most people don’t like to think in these terms because it takes too much thinking time and effort…and, if they don’t reach the goals they feel like failures. The reality is that ANY progress in the direction of your goals is good thing.
And, if you truly want to feel happy most of the research shows striving for worthwhile goals is a great way to create feelings we all interpret as happiness.
Finally, how will you track your progress? You could use something as simple as a notebook with goals listed (your probability of success jumps dramatically when you write down your goals), your cellphone, a list on a sheet of paper on your refrigerator…it doesn’t matter how you do it…just keep track of how you’re doing.
Go online to changeanything.com and you’ll see a process to make successful changes in your life.
Does this seem like too much trouble? For most folks it will be. That’s why most folks, as Thoreau said, “Live lives of quiet desperation.”
What would make next year a wonderful year? What would it take to make it the best year of your life?
Think about it over the weekend…see you on Monday…New Year’s Eve!