I get a lot of stuff to read on line, from my own sources and what other folks share with me. This is something that was sent to me, but I’m afraid I don’t still have the proper author. If you’ve seen or read this elsewhere, please let me know and I’ll gladly give due credit.
In the meantime, Here’s what I’ve copied:
Resolutions, well-intentioned as they may be, don’t have the power that goals do. Goals are resolutions with their shoes on. Goal-setting is simply a process that anyone can use to bring about change, increase success, live purposefully, and put creativity to work.
The first step is getting clear about what you want to accomplish. Amazing things can happen once you start clarifying. If you’ve never written down your goals, make time to do so soon. Take advantage of the natural energy that comes when embarking on a new year.
My favorite method begins with making three lists (which can be added to as you get more ideas). In a notebook, set aside three pages. Label one To Have (a home overseas, a new business), another To Do (upskill, follow a program, take up photography), and the third To Be (happier, healthier, thinner, richer). List as many things as you can think of on each page. Breaking things down like this helps to clarify and focus your goals.
Then look over your list and assign a rank to them as follows:
A—Goals I really want to achieve
B—Goals I want, but not as much
C—Only if I have time and have completed my higher priorities
This helps to prioritize your list. Now start with one of your A-list goals and ask yourself, “What do I already have that contributes to my goal?” Write down as many things as you can think of, including contacts you have, experience and skills, physical assets, and personal desire. Now turn that goal into a project. Do your homework. Gather information. Do not take advice from uninformed sources. And when that’s in motion, move on to your next goal.
Sharpen your focus. In a world as rich and full of possibilities as ours, it’s easy to get confused or distracted by the limitless options. Eliminate things that do not contribute to your ultimate vision. Be open to progress coming in both expected and unexpected ways.
“What I discovered,” says architect Sarah Susanka, “is that when you make the time and space for what you long to do, everything else shifts to accommodate it. It never works the other way around. If you wait until there’s time to do what you want, you’ll be waiting until your 85th birthday.”