“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn.
Does that quote resonate with you? It did with me until I discovered how my dreams moulded into goals and put into action allowed me to live a life true to myself, versus that of someone else’s. For me, very ‘much’ has happened since.
And that’s my wish for you.
Take your dreams list and prioritize them into the order in which you will actually try to attain them. Which would you love to do the most so as to live a life true to yourself … before you die?
A palliative nurse recorded the most common regrets of the dying and put her findings into a book called “The Top Five Regrets of The Dying.” The most common regret of all was:
“I’d wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Is there a dream on your list true to YOUR heart that you would like to tick off so as to have no regrets?
Now, building on what matters most from your prioritized list of dreams, let’s mould them into goals that are S.M.A.R.T.
S.M.A.R.T. means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-sensitive.
Measurable: Set goals that are measurable, i.e. how will you know if you have achieved it or not?
Attainable: Considering current responsibilities, a goal should be attainable, that is, within reach.
Realistic: It’s got to be real, practical and do-able.
Time-sensitive: Every goal should have a time when should you complete the goal.
Attainability is very important for the goals you set within the time frame that you want to achieve them by.
Adopt the 3-3-5-3 formula and identify three BIG goals that you would like to tick off to produce the best year ever. It’s more realistic than trying to achieve ten BIG goals and failing in all because you are trying too much too quickly.
We all need someone to keep us accountable for the goals we say we are going tick off, whether it is to become a better you, to gain better have’s or, do better do’s. It puts some ‘omph’ into the process to keep the commitment to working the plan. Your plan.
My very first blog post (2/12/13) ‘Embrace Accountability’ shared the value of such, it got me kick started to get my fingers tapping the keyboard to post a ‘first’ blog posting. Being held accountable since then has become more enjoyable knowing that I am incrementally moving toward ticking off my three BIG goals. Working my plan.
Think of the people you know who have achieved success in the areas of their lives that you dream of achieving yourself. Ask them if they would be prepared to act as an accountability partner for you.
You just never know. They too may have been SMART about their goals.