It’s that time of year. It’s a time for reflection, a time for looking inward and a time for looking into the future. It’s time to set goals and really think about your dreams and wishes. It’s also time to make a plan. Because as we have heard…a goal without a plan is just a wish.
So what do you do to make goals, dreams and plans for the New Year? Or do you at all? I’ve gone back and forth about making goals because in the past I haven’t had a plan and then I was left feeling like a failure or thinking I shouldn’t dream so big. All because it took me awhile to actually realize that a goal without a plan is just a wish. Although even WITHOUT a good plan, I still accomplished many things. The mere fact that I sat down and took the time to really think about what I wanted helped to create a path to fulfilling some of those goals. It creates a soft plan, as I like to say. What could I do with a real plan?!
So these are the few thing I have learned over my years of dreaming and planning. I am still no expert and I am sure I make a lot of mistakes but these things I have learned help me to build a solid plan for all those crazy dreams I have.
- Dream big. It cannot be achieved unless you see yourself doing it in the first place. Why not reach for the stars? If someone else can do it, why not you?
- Make short term, medium term and long term goals. I love to chunk my goals into three month, six month, one year, three year, five year and ten year goals. Take time to do this. Do it over a week or two at least. Spend a good couple of hours on each time frame. REALLY thinking about what YOU want. Not what others want because the universe will know deep down what you really desire. Don’t be afraid to go after it. And don’t make goals that don’t align with your values.
- That leads me to number three. Make your goals your goals. Don’t make goals on what others want you to do or what others think you should do. Make goals that are for you. Not everyone wants to travel the world. If you don’t, don’t make that a goal. If you do, then do it. Make sure you really listen to your heart.
- Make goals that help balance your life and create ease and satisfaction. I recently found the website OolaLife that has a great test you can take to find your satisfaction levels in the 7 “F’s”. Fitness (Health is included here), Finance, Family, Field, Faith, Friends and Fun. Many people focus on one or two areas and then feel unfulfilled or unsatisfied. I don’t believe you can ever have 100% fulfillment in each area but I have seen that when people create more balance, over time, in all areas, they are more fulfilled in their life. What I also see is that it ebbs and flows depending on what you feel you want to focus on for that season. You may put more energy in any one area at any time but if you stay focused on only one or two areas, you will quickly feel out of sync.
- Create a plan and get organized. Finding a mentor or a coach can be of great value in this area. Or finding someone to hold you accountable. I try to create plans based on my clients health care goals and hold them accountable for being able to reach them. You need someone in your life to do this for every area you are working on. Even getting, and using, a great planner can help keep you on target and ease the journey to your crazy dreams. I love the Passion Planner myself. I admit, the first year I got it I didn’t use it much. Well that doesn’t get you anywhere. You have to USE the tools that are there for you! You can have the best coach, accountability partner, planner in the world but if you don’t do the work, well nothing gets accomplished. You have to do the work.
So those are my 5 tips for creating a life of your dreams, and remember it is your dreams, not someone else’s. We are here to help you in living a life of health and abundance. We hope you dream big, live big and have a very fulfilled future!
Blessings and joy to you!
Cheryl Schmitt, D.C.