Welcome to Week 9 of the 52 weeks to a better you journey.
So far, we have been taking practical baby steps to improve ourselves. Some steps have been harder than others. Some baby steps have turned into habits. The thing is that, with each baby step, we are moving forward.
This week I want to add something to our process of moving forward. GOALS. Have you been thinking about where you want all of these baby steps to lead? It’s okay if you haven’t been. Sometimes we think too much about the process without taking the steps to getting there.
List your goals
This week we are going to take those practical baby steps and give them a direction. For that, we are going to think about and list our goals.
Take out a piece of paper, sit in front of your computer, or open up a note taking app on your phone.
Did you know that the act of writing something down helps your brain to remember things?
Okay, now the first list I want you to write is the 5 year goal list. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Make a list. What do you see yourself doing in your career, your relationships, your finances, your hobbies, your physical self, etc. Allow yourself to dream a little. Will you be working at the same job or a different one? What will your relationships with your friends and family be like? Will you have a savings account or retirement set up? Will you have any bills or did you pay them down (or off)? Will you be a lower weight? Did you pick up any new hobbies?
The list can be as long as you want. For example, my list could look like this:
Where will I be in five years?
- I will be working at the same company but have gotten a promotion
- I will be closer to my husband and working to stay close to my adult children
- I will have xx dollars in savings and only a mortgage payment
- I will have lost 30 pounds and exercise almost every day
- I will learn how to play the violin
(This isn’t necessarily my list, but you get the idea)
So take some time to write that list and then come back.
Did you finish your 5 year list? Great!
Now the next thing I want you to do is to write down one practical step that you can do to help you reach each one of those goals. Don’t panic! 😮 You don’t have to DO anything except think about one step that would help you reach that goal. So here’s how I would handle the list I shared earlier.
Practical steps to reach my 5 year goals
I will be working at the same company but have gotten a promotion
Find out what promotions are available in my company and what is required for them.
I will be closer to my husband and working to stay close to my adult children.
Set up regular “date nights” with my husband and each one of my children.
I will have xx dollars in savings and only a mortgage payment
Calculate how much money I will have to put away each week to have xx dollars in savings and pay off my other debt in 5 years.
I will have lost 30 pounds and exercise almost every day
Figure out what equipment I need to motivate me to exercise
I will learn how to play the violin
Research local places that have violin lessons
I want to repeat myself here. We are only making these lists. We are not focusing on doing the steps, we are just thinking about what we want and how we can accomplish it. Remember we are doing baby steps here.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Baby step for this week: Make a list of five year goals and one practical step to accomplish each one.
Goal setting is good for getting you focused but remember that goals, like dreams, are fluid. They are not set in stone. Life happens. Sometimes… many times… we have to tweak and adjust things as we go along. So don’t get down on yourself if you have trouble reaching your goals. Keep working at it.
What about you?
What are some of your five year goals?
What goals do you think will be easiest for you to reach?
What goals do you think will be difficult for you to reach?
Share your journey with us!