It’s the start of a new year and for most people it’s goal setting season. If you’re like me, you spend most of the year trying to figure out if you’re making progress towards your goals and, more importantly, trying to figure out what risks to take to expand your potential. Goal setting can be equally exciting and terrifying, but regardless, it’s a great practice to help you focus on the future and explore how you can create positive change in the world.
Goals can be organized into seven simple categories, which is important because the number seven is often associated with completeness. The number 7 is also the sum of numbers 3 and 4, which are known for hard work and creativity, respectively. I recommend organizing your goals into these seven categories because it represents a simple strategy to promote growth in all areas of your life.
- Professional: These goals can relate to your current career, professional aspirations, or side hustles. Either way, there’s lots to learn, lots of money to earn, and lots of good you can do in the world.
- Financial: These goals should consider short and long term financial goals because many most of the decisions we make about money impact our present and future. Think deeper about your financial goals by doing research to expand your understanding of finances.
- Health: Rather than focusing solely on losing weight or exercising more, focus on enhancing your total health, including your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
- Relationships: These goals focus on how you engage with those around you. As you know, 50% of any relationship is 100% you, so choose goals that strengthen your contributions to your relationships.
- Spirituality: Regardless of your personal beliefs, we are desire to better understand our purpose in life. Be intentional about setting goals that bring you closer to understanding your purpose and legacy.
- Educational: These goals are designed to remind each of us of the importance of lifelong learning. Whether you finish your degree, learn a new skill, or explore a new perspective, find some way to exercise your mind.
- Personal: These goals are intended to fuel your passion. Reflect on all the ideas you’ve had that excite you, and decide which one you should take a risk on. You may be taking the first step of an exciting adventure.
As you consider your goals for this new year remember:
- Write your goals down and refer to them often.
- Make sure you are making SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound).
- Propel your goals by evaluating your resources, conducting research, and reconnecting with existing relationships.
- Remain agile! Life is unpredictable, so be prepared for new opportunities to grow and learn.