As New Year’s Day approaches, it’s time to take a look at the year ahead. Since New Year’s Resolutions tend to be broken before the end of January, why not create goals instead and space them throughout the next few years? I’ve created a simple to use goals worksheet to help you do just that. Goal Worksheet for 2011

Here are a few more tips to help you out.  First, I recommend that you use the SMART technique for goals.

S – Specific – make your goal as specific as possible to let the Universe know exactly what you want.

M – Measurable – use a number, a measuring stick or a quantity to quantify your goal.

A – Attainable – don’t be afraid to dream big! But there are some things that just might not be attainable for you – i.e. to become a world class sprinter or to climb Mt Everest (ok, some of you may be able to do that one!) so keep it to the edge of possibility for you.

R – Relevant – There are 7 categories to choose from, so make your goals relevant to each category, and of course, to your life. If you’re not interested in attending religious services, then choose a more spiritual goal for this section such as learning to meditate or writing in a journal.

T – Time-Bound – This is the most important part of setting a goal. Give yourself a time-line, it doesn’t matter whether you achieve your goal in that exact period of time but it allows you to make plans and work towards your goals. There are 3 goals for each section, one in 2011, 2013 and 2016.  This means that you can have a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) for 2016 and set out smaller goals for 2011 and 2013 on the way to that goal.

One of the traditions my husband Dan and I have is to review our goals from the previous year and set out new ones for the coming years on January 1st (or as close as possible to that date). Then we post our goals where we can see them all year round. It’s fun to see what’s been accomplished and what’s still to come.Take some time this weekend to create the next few years of your life.

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” (anonymous)

And since many of you are off work this week and not checking in on facebook or twitter, I’ll repost this blog on Monday. Happy New Year!

p.s. Don’t forget to share a goal or two in the comments!

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