I am so glad you downloaded this today. I am Life Coach, Cheri Matthynssens, at creategoodliving.com. I wanted to give this template away as I work with quite a few clients whose frequently listed problems are no life focus or low productivity. This easy goal creation method is simplified and quick to fill out if you have any idea of where you would like to be in five years. Just use one thought to try this process out. If it works for you, do as many as you would like though I recommend not more than ten 1-year statements, more than ten can be overwhelming and many will never start. If you really have struggled with goal setting in the past, then shoot for five. Let’s get started.
****************** The first thing we need to cover is goals need to be specific. You need to be able to ask at the end of the time period, did I achieve that? Example. I want to be happier. Instead, something like – I want to have two relationships that contribute to my happiness. Now, sit back and close your eyes. Picture what you would like life to be like in five years? How are your finances or your relationships? Where do you live? What is your social life like? Pick one area that stood out to you and write it down as your five-year goal.
Now, where do you need to be in one year to reach that five-year mark? Write that down as a one-year goal?
Where do you need to be in a month to meet your one-year goal? Write it as a goal.
Complete this three-step process for every other major goal you wish to achieve in five years. Remember, don’t make more than ten. An extensive list of monthly goals can create stress, not reduce it. Keep the number reasonable. If you achieve one early, replace it. When you keep your eye on your one-month goals, it is easier to see progress on your one year and long-term goals. The more progress you see, the easier it is to keep moving. Procrastination, when looking at your one-year goals, is often caused by them seeming like there is too much to take on. Try it for just one month and you will see what I mean. It is now broken down into bite-sized achievable goals. Some facts about goals: Goals are fluid. If you missed your one-month or one-year mark, look at why. Did you procrastinate? Were there more steps involved than you originally thought, etc. Once you have that figured out, just make a new monthly goal. Goals can be changed. If you find working on a goal is not leading you in the direction of your life’s purpose or to achieving what you want in life, CHANGE IT! You do not fail on a goal until you give up on it. If you find that you are needing to break it down more or have someone to hold you accountable, I would be happy to help. We can work together to take this process a step deeper and/or I can offer accountability to your goals. I know that I needed someone to say, “Have you done that yet?” sometimes. Reach out to me today and let’s get started!
Have a productive year! Cheri Matthynssens creategoodliving.com