Postcard from Asheville
A New Take on Goals
Some of us like to write our goals for the New Year. After all, it’s hard to map where you are going if you don’t have a destination in mind. And research shows that we are more likely to meet a goal if it’s written down.
I used to write an annual marketing plan about this time of year. My very detailed plan included sections dealing with my professional, personal, physical, and spiritual lives.
Last year, I tried something new. Instead of writing goals, I wrote intentions. I:
- Listed all of my accomplishments during the last twelve months.
- Listed any disappointments I experienced over the past twelve months.
- Wrote down what I had learned from both my accomplishments and disappointments.
- Listed four primary lessons or guideposts I wanted to remember over the next twelve months. (I decided any more would be too hard to keep track of.)
I came up with four intentions:
- Root and connect.
- Befriend time.
- Live in gratitude.
- Practice generosity.
This year, I’m trying something different. Instead of focusing on what I want to do, I’m focusing on who I want to become. It’s a subtle distinction, but an important one. I believe doing follows being. Or, who we are determines what we do.
Again, I’m limiting the attributes to four to keep it manageable.
In 2015, I’d like to become more:
- Grounded. I’d like to live life more from the inside, out. I’ll do this by connecting internally—with my core values, wants, and needs—before venturing out into the external world.
- Joy-Filled. (Check out the article I wrote on this subject a while ago.)
Why don’t you join me? Who would you like to become in 2015? Can you list four attributes?
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