Last week I reviewed how I made out with my 2015 goals, which means it’s time to unleash my 2016 goals upon the world so that you dear readers, can hold me accountable to achieving all the fabulous things I say that I’m going to. The question is: Are you up for the challenge? (I dare you!)
This year is I’m trying something new; after being encouraged by my friend (Productivityist Mike Vardy) to read a terrific post by Chris Brogan (which I loved) I too decided to change this process by “theming” my year by choosing 3 words designed embody everything I set out to achieve in 2016. The idea is that these words together act as a compass, pointing me towards True North; True North being defined as the achievement of said goals.
The reason everyone sets goals boil down to one thing: We want to do thing in our lives that make us feel HAPPY – recognizing that feelings such as fulfilled, strong, proud, excited etc. might ultimately be what makes us “happy”.
And with this in mind, I chose three words that I think that can guide my goal choices (remember the compass analogy) towards activities that once achieved I believe will make me feel happy… Does that make sense? I hope so.
Here are the words I chose, and why:
CONNECTION: I believe so strongly in the power of connection with both people and nature because in my heart of hears, I feel it is the best way to nurture both our hearts and soul. Choosing “Connection” as my first word is meant to ensure that an element of connecting and bonding purposely found in all my actions, regardless. If I can keep on top of this, then the universe should be totally happy and in sync… I hope… I just realized how much pressure I’ve put on myself!
ACHIEVEMENT: One of my favourite Jim Rohn quotes is “Don’t mistake movement for achievement”, because real achievement isn’t just being busy – it’s having a purposeful goal or end result that one is working towards. I’ve done my best to try and ensure there are no “busy” tasks on my list, but that everything listed has a positive and measurable end result. In some cases, that result is actually a stepping stone to a larger goal, but still a goal within itself. For the reason of always working towards a “result” I chose “Achievement” as my second word.
MINDFULNESS To be honest, I struggled with this one over another* but “Mindfulness” won out for word three, mostly because it involves being aware moment-to-moment of one’s subjective conscious experience from a first-person perspective – including how we treat other people and situations around us.
In some ways “Mindfulness” is a catch-all that includes honourable traits like empathy, kindness, gratitude and contribution – all things that can only make the world a better place.
(*Mindfulness beat out “Adventure” which I figured falls under the umbrella of achievement)
OKAY, SO LET’S GET ON WITH IT!
Understanding that each of my goals need to incorporate at least two of these things, here’s what my ambitious 2016 looks like. Please note that aren’t a lot of timelines attached as of yet – these will come as I break my goals down monthly (complete with Monthly Themes) and then daily as recommended by Mike Vardy.
(Side Note: To make your year run with the efficiency of a greyhound (the dog, not the bus) check out Mike’s Productivityist site for loads of great tools and resources – They have definitely been the game-changer for me)
Out of interest for yours and my sanity I won’t explain each goal in detail; to do so would take until the end of the year by which time the goals would have become redundant and you and I would probably be dead of boredom. These are not the results of effective goal setting.
Instead I’ve highlighted the important “action steps” for each goal that are designed to spurn me on and move towards their achievement. The idea is that once the goals in a specific category are achieved (or successfully performed on a consistent basis) that the category overall should be doing pretty well.
In other words, it means I’ll have made some tremendous strides towards doing and being more in that category, which will make me feel happy… which as mentioned earlier, is the ultimate goal, right? That’s the plan at least!
That’s enough chatter and explanation – Now let’s get on with the show~!
- DRINK one liter of water per day
- WRITE a minimum of ½ hour per day (5 days per week minimum)
- READ for a minimum of ½ hour per day (5 days per week minimum)
- GO TO THE GYM a minimum of 4 days per week
- Do one WILD ROSE CLEANSE (January)
- NO ALCOHOL for the entire month of January
- Keep my weight at 205 lbs. or less
- FINISH W.T.F. and put on at least TWO classes – June & September
- Write up, design and print a personal MANIFESTO – by February
- Seek out FIVE SPEECHES or training sessions (paid and/or unpaid)
- Build a “MASTERMIND” group of like-minded people / 12 members by Dec
- Help ORGANIZE “Interesting Victoria” with Mark Busse
- PRODUCE & EXECUTE one day inspiring Event (September or October)
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS:
- Connect with nature at least once EACH WEEK
- LIMIT “Time Sucks” like Facebook to 15 minutes per day
- CONNECT with one new person each week
- EXPLORE becoming a coach as a work option
- COMPLETE Productivity Program with Mike Vardy
- COMPLETE (WDS speaker) Lewis Howe’s Create Live Course
- Buy a digital camera; take a PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE
- WRITE MY BOOK and self-publish
- EXPLORE becoming a coach as a work option
- SUPPORT Paula as much as possible
- Put Tristan’s NEEDS first; support him fully and completely in every way
- Create one SPECIAL EVENT/MEMORY each week Tristan is home
FINANCIAL GOALS :
- SAVE all of “Money Magnet” cash for the year
- HIT $300,000 in savings (at the mercy of the market)
- EARN $50,000 in income
TRAVEL GOALS: (WDS is for sure; pick one or two of the others, depending)
- World Domination Summit – August
- Tour Ecuador & The Amazon Rainforest
- Finally go to Turkey
- Go to Africa for a month
- Spend a week (or two) in Mexico to chill
So there you have it; my overly ambitious “To-do” list for the next year… what do you think? Does it look anything like yours?
Let me know your thoughts, and then in the meantime tay tuned, and I’ll keep you posted on all activities; including the good, bad and ugly.
Cheers and thanks for checking in! I always appreciate the support!
Oh, and a hugely happy and successful 2016 to you, from me!