According to Dan Miller, author of 48 Days to the Work You Love, “there is considerable evidence to indicate that expectations of your future do, in fact, tend to create your future. People usually end up pretty much where they expect.
It seems reasonable then, to spend some time determining specific, worthwhile expectations that will make your life more meaningful. If you don’t have a written plan for your life, it may feel like you’re driving a car without having your hands on the wheel.
Are you a goal setter? Do you typically set goals at the first of the year? If not, why not?
Goals are not written in concrete and unchangeable terms but they do give you a starting point and a destination. The important thing is that you are in charge when working on your goals. It is the easiest way to put yourself in the driver’s seat of your life.
Your life has meaning only when you are working toward goals that you have decided on.
In order for your purpose in life to be fulfilled, you must set goals in multiple areas. Success is not just career or financial – family, physical and spiritual are equally important areas of achievement. They are part of the same whole, balanced person.
Any stage in life can be an exciting time with many opportunities, or a dreary time of confusion and entrapment. You may not be able to change your circumstances, but you can decide that the circumstances won’t dominate you. You do have choices.
There is something magical that happens when you write down your goals.
Here’s the framework for this entire process.
- If we were meeting three years from today, what has to have happened during that three-year period for you to feel happy about your progress?
- What are the biggest dangers you’ll have to face and deal with in order to achieve that progress?
- What are the biggest opportunities you have that you would need to focus on and capture to achieve those things?
- What strengths will you need to reinforce and maximize, and what skills and resources will you need to develop that you don’t currently have in order to capture those opportunities?
Begin with the three-year goals and then work backward to what you need to do today to make deposits in what you want your life to be three years from now. Be specific, creating quantifiable benchmarks to track your deposits of success.”
2020 Goal Planning Guide
I’d like to offer you the opportunity to grab a free step-by-step 3-year planning guide compliments of Dan Miller. Miller asks, “If nothing changed in your life over the next 3 years, would that be okay?”
You can also download Miller’s 2020 Goal Planning Guide at my website Wisdom-Matters by clicking on the “Free Resources” tab.
You can use his detailed guide for vision-casting and goal setting in what Miller calls “the 7 main aspects of life”.
As an added bonus, feel free to download a copy of Andy Stanley’s 20 Building Blocks for a Vision.
Lastly, no matter what stage in life you are, my prayer is the use of these tools will help put you on track to the future you’ve always dreamed of.
See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!