Using Your Word of the Year To Simplify Your Goals in 5 Easy Steps
Jan 06, 2021
Well 2020... That Was Weird!
If last year has taught us anything, it's that things can go sideways really quickly and knock you off balance!
Normally at the beginning of every year I write a list of goals I want to accomplish throughout that year. Some of my goals in the past have been:
- Learn a new language.
- Read a book every week.
- Start a podcast.
- Sign up X amount of people to my programs.
- Get in the best shape of my life.
You get the idea.
I would estimate that I accomplish 10% of the goals I put down on my list by the end of the year (probably less) – and if you know me, you know I’m VERY driven, focused and determined. So why only 10%?
“You overestimate what you can do in a year, but underestimate what you can do in ten”.
Over this past week, once again I sat down with a cup of tea and set some goals for myself... but here's the thing! I simplified the process significantly this year because I want 2021 to be full of achievement AND fulfillment. This year I’m focusing on one thing.
Vitality: Exuberant physical strength or mental vigor. Capacity for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence. The power to live or grow.
My word for 2021 is Vitality, and it's the fourth year I've chosen a word for the year. Normally when I choose my word for the year, I don't consciously correlate it with my goals. Typically they are two completely separate practices.
I choose a word.
I set my goals.
... but they aren't necessarily aligned.
This year I chose my word for the year, and then based my goals on that word. I loved the process so much I created a new 5-step Goal Setting Strategy!
Incorporating your word for the year into your goal setting practice will allow you to become laser focused on what you want to accomplish and WHY! This is a very important part of the equation.
Knowing your Why.
Knowing how achieving these goals will make you FEEL.
Knowing that you are setting yourself up for success.
Knowing this is putting you on a path to achieve future goals beyond the next 12 months.
Knowing this is helping you achieve skills you want to develop.
Goal setting with your word of the year in mind is a very powerful technique. It helps give you a place to start, provides you with clarity, and allows you to be specific.
Setting goals doesn't have to be boring or embarrassing - it can be fun, motivating and help to guide your focus. The list of the benefits of goal setting is a long one, so try my method of incorporating your word of the year and experience your own personal transformation.
Here's to a new year that's less weird and FULL of success, happiness and fulfillment.
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