I love the quote above by Dennis… it’s an absolute fact. The larger percent of people never live their life on purpose. Sure they may plan to go to college, get a good job, and support their family (which are are awesome goals). However, it stops there with most people… they refuse to set goals and things to aim at in life only to come to the end of their lives and realize they didn’t come close to reaching their potential in life or doing half the things they desired to do.
I’ll probably do a whole blog series on goals, but here are how I organize/evaluate my goals in my life. I would encourage you to create a similar system in your life!
Bucket List – These are outrageous goals (like dining with the President of the Unites States, giving away $1 million in my lifetime, visit every presidential library in the world, running a marathon, flying in an air force jet etc.). I constantly am adding to this list and looking for ways to accomplish the things that I want to do.
My Life Plan – I actually just started this one and I am pumped about it! You can read about making your own Life Plan here. I got this principle from Michael Hyatt (CEO and Founder of Thomas Nelson Publishing) and it got me fired up about doing this for my life!
Quarterly Goals – I set goals one quarter at a time. I have 7 areas in which I’ll set goals: Family/Marriage(one day), financial, personal growth, physical, professional, social, and spiritual. At the end of a quarter I’ll take a half day out of the week and get by myself…evaluate how I measured up in those areas and then set my goals for the following quarter.
End of the Year Review – This is one of my favorite things to do each year! I’ll take a ton of time in the last two weeks of the year and go through my journal, calendar, goals, etc. and evaluate my whole year. How I spent my time, what goals I accomplished, etc. and then based off that I’ll figure out how I need to spend my time in the next year, who I want to spend it with, what I want to accomplish, what I need to work on, etc..
Again, I’ll do a whole weeks worth of posts explaining what I do during these times, but I thought it might help you.
If I learned anything through marathon training it is the power of having a goal (something to shoot for) and the importance of setting them constantly in my life so I can live everyday on purpose and I’ll constantly be achieving and setting new things to shoot at in my life.
If you have goals in your life…. the discipline to see them through will come with it!
“Discipline is remembering what you want(your goals!).” -David Campbell