My Goals For 2011 and FREE Resource!

Another year is here, wow it seemed like just yesterday we were in 2010 and it almost was.  Now, we enter another year, full of surprises, yet we can opt to take the reins this year and really declare 2011 to be ours for the taking.  So tell me, are you up for new successes this year and really make a bang?  In reflecting, were you able to set your own Goals or Resolutions for last year?  How did they stack up when you reviewed them?  Were they reached easily or maybe they may have too farfetched or almost unreachable?  Whatever and wherever you are with your goals, it’s paramount to reflect on your old set goals and really focus on your new ones.

My Approach to Goal Setting

For my annual goals (short term), I usually review my last set of goals and check to see which ones I’ve reached and others where I may have missed the mark entirely.  The secret is not to get discouraged, but instead tweak your next set of goals to be out of your comfort zone yet be able to be achievable and reachable.  I’ve been setting goals for a number of years now and got to say that goals can become a type of blueprint to how your life should be lived.   I also love how some people blog about their goals and actually put it down in writing as a blog post.  This in addition to writing your goals separately, really solidify and get your subconscious mind to really work towards achieving everything that you would like to see happen in life.

Write Goals in the First Person and Present Tense

Another very powerful approach to goal setting involves writing in the First Person (remember English 101?) and writing out your goals as you have already achieved them. 

Applying The S.M.A.R.T. System to Goal Setting

It’s also very important to set goals according to using the S.M.A.R.T. system of goal setting. S.M.A.R.T. stands for:

  • Specific (S) – What can you single out as your most specific goals to accomplish.  Instead of saying “To be Debt Free” which is very general.  You would say, for example, “I Have Wiped out 10,000 dollars of Consumer Debt” 
  • Measurable (M) – Your goals have to be measurable to have any sort of relevance on what you do to achieve them fully.  Don’t set goals that cannot be measured by at least some sort of metrics.   
  • Attainable (A) – So many people screw this one up.  If your goal is not attainable, you are simply setting yourself up for impending failure and discouragement.  Instead, make certain that your goal is a bit of a stretch and out of your comfort zone, but it should be attainable under the right circumstances and with the right strategy. 
  • Realistic (R) – This goes hand in hand with being attainable.  Your goals must be realistic.  If you say, “I want to be an Author on the Best Selling list”.  It would be more prudent for you to set goals to become a known author on what you write about before you visit Oprah for an endorsement. 
  • Timely (T) – Your goals need to have somewhat of an expiration or deadline on them.  For example, “To Lose 15 pounds by April 2011” is a good example of being timely. 

 

I’ve talked about the S.M.A.R.T. system of setting goals before in “Goals 101, Financial Goals” and smart bloggers like:

 

All above are just a few great bloggers out there, along with many others that understand the importance of setting goals the right way and for maximum effect.  It’s important to think of your goals as a mind map or a treasure map of how you reach those very important things of value in your own life. 

As in my “Forget Resolutions, Set Achievable Goals” Post, you will see that I set goals based on 5 different categories of Goals.  I have included informative posts below for your perusal on how to set these goals for the 5 categories:

·        Goals 101 – Personal Goals (Article 1 of 5)

·        Goals 101 – Family/Relationship Goals (Article 2 of 5)

·        Goals 101 – Financial Goals (Article 3 of 5)

·        Goals 101 – Health / Energetic Goals (Article 4 of 5)

·        Goals 101 – Career / Business Goals (Article 5 of 5)

 

In the categories of Goals above, don’t sweat it.  You aren’t writing a novel for review any time soon, instead you can use technology to keep your goals all together in one single place.  What I recommend is to actually use Microsoft Word from Microsoft if you are a Windows user or Open Office Writer from OpenOffice.org.  Plus, Open Office is Free so no excuses there.  Here’s a powerful recommendation of mine that I use as well: 

Write all your categories of Goals all in a single document and save it.  Then, email the document to yourself and file it away for review.  If you have a reminder client like Microsoft Outlook, you could enter a new reminder like “Review Goals for 2011” at specific dates and paste all your goals in the description or notes field of the reminder.  Slick huh?  If you don’t have a word editor, you could use something like notepad in windows or notes on Mac.  You could always physically write these out and paste them where you can review them regularly as well.

Get moving on this right after you finish this blog post, yeah, get that done.  That’s homework for you and you’ll be surprised how fast you can set this up and how much more of a life blueprint you’ll have in the end.

Mark Twain once said, “There are a thousand excuses of failure, but never a good reason“.

 

As Brian Tracy says in one of his bestselling books, No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline ,  “No more Excuses! Do it or Don’t Do It, but don’t make Excuses!”  Take ownership of anything that may have got you in any type of a mess and know that you are the one to get yourself out of it as well.  When you start taking ownership of everything in your life, you tend to stop the blame game and making the normal excuses of why you can’t actually get what you want out of life and living an extraordinary lifestyle because you become like a square peg for a round hole.

My Goals Snap Shot for 2011

Ok, we’ve made it this far and for the sake of some brevity and not allowing this post to turn into a novel, I will be listing what I consider my top 2 Financial Goals from each of the Financial Categories like found above. 

Personal Goals for 2011

  • I have traveled on breathtaking vacations and renewed my spirits and recharged for life.
  •  I live a lifestyle by design for ultimate, freedom and adventure – living life to the fullest

 

Family / Relationship Goals for 2011

  • I have a very happy family life and know that my relationship with loved ones take priority
  • I enjoy every moment that I have with my immediate family

 

Health Goals for 2011

  • I have become healthy and down to recommended weight.  Maintaining a body weight between 160-165 lbs
  • I exercise 3-5 days a week and stay fit maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating right

 

Career Goals

  • I am an avid and skilled entrepreneur that works when and how I want
  • I work with only the best and surround myself with those that are of the same mindset and peer group as myself

 

Financial Goals

  • I am now earning 5 figures a month easily
  • I had another great year for opportunity and invested successfully with great ROI

 

So, there it is, a quick snapshot of my goals for 2011.  If you thought the above goal sheet sounds short, just remember I only included my top two (2)  goals for each goal category above.  Don’t worry, I’ve got quite a list to accomplish for 2011.  Think of this as a good template to get you started as well if you normally don’t set goals and really do consider purchasing Brian Tracy’s Goals! How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible Audiobook.  If you purchase through this link, I make a small commission but it won’t cost you any more than normal. Just wanted to be transparent there. Also, for the small amount you pay for what I call the absolute everything to setting effective goals, it could change your life immensely!  Mine changed from a few years back when I started setting my goals by ritual.

I remember the first time I even attempted to set goals; it was on one of those older Casio electronic organizers.  I set my goals as a scheduled to do list with an alarm reminder!  Now, we have smart phones, email clients, excellent word processors and online tools like Google Docs that make life super easy.  If you want to get rid of the paper in your life and take snapshots of just about everything you can access on your computer, I highly recommend you give software called EverNote a try.  It makes light work of staying organized and even makes your saved images, snapshots and so on all searchable.

 

How Did My 2010 Goals Stack Up?

Just to give you an idea of just how effective goals can be, in the annual review of my 2010 goals ( I also review frequently throughout the year), I found that the majority of my goals were reached.  Some were way off and I adjusted my 2011 goals to be a little more realistic.  Some I just barely missed.  I’m just giving you a real life example of how goals can really become a great mind map for living life effectively.  What if I had no goals?  Could you see just how mundane and almost pointless life could become?  Even a Tibetan monk that practices meditation knows that his end goal will be peace and full spiritual awareness of self.

 

How You Can Achieve Success for 2011

Obviously, one of my goals is for readers of this blog to have their own outright success in setting their own goals and reaping the benefits.  So, what can you do to get going if you haven’t already?  Really take this blog post to heart, study and apply what I laid out in this post and you I know you will see results.  It’s all here for you to get started easy.  Remember, if you haven’t had good results so far and you keep doing the things that you do now, come the end of the year, you will most likely have the same meager results. 

Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of Insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results”

  

My ‘No Excuses, Goal Setting’ Challenge to YOU!

Drum roll please, so there it is I’ve put all the cards on the table and now it’s your turn.  I’m going to help you if you haven’t been an action taker up to this point.  Forget the distractions and noise online and offline that says you need a magic bullet to be a great success.  Rubbish!  Here’s the deal, keep reading on how I am going to give you what you really need to get going with this goal setting thing and you can thank me later.  Will you take up the ‘No Excuses, Goal Setting’ Challenge or are you going to do the same things over and over and want different results?

 

 Your FREE Resource to Quick Goal Setting

Below, you will find two different goal setting templates for 2011, so that you can get started with your own goal setting and accept the challenge above.  Getting out of your comfort zone is key.  The first template is in Word Document format in the case you want to edit it directly (you can use open office if you are on a MAC).  The other is a PDF file that you can print out and write your goals manually if you wish.  So, download below, write out your goals based on using this post as a guide and review your goals weekly or minimum monthly (you can review as frequently as you want to check your progress).  I’m giving you these templates absolutely FREE with no email optins or anything else required, so enjoy!  You really don’t have any more excuses to get started now.

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PDF Format

Right Click this Link to Save PDF Template for 2011 Goal Setting

Word Doc. Format

Right Click this Link to Save Word Document Template for 2011 Goal Setting

 

I really hope you got a lot of value of this post and look forward to what you have to say.  Please comment below and feel free to share this post in helping others.  Remember, Karma is a two way street on our own life journey.

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  • Not too much goals for me. Only one goal have to make six figure income monthly

  • Anonymous

    Vivek,

    Thanks for your response and while there is nothing wrong with setting one goal,
    you may want to consider setting some strategies under Financial Goals for the
    year that show you a blueprint of how to get you there. Make sure your goals
    aren’t too much of a stretch as well as you don’t want to get discouraged if you
    don’t reach bigger goals than you can reach.

    Hopefully, that may help you.

    Dwight Anthony

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  • Cherish

    Goals? What are goals really? I think they should be S.M.A.R.T. in order to attain them.

  • Yes, I really advocate using the SMART system of setting goals. Using SMART as a guideline helps to give you feedback on effectively setting your goals as well as making you more likely to achieve them Thanks for Sharing.

    Dwight Anthony

  • Bernie_cole

    I really like the SMART acronym for helping set realistic goals. I will definitely be using that. I already use the tactic of writing down my goals. I use an online organizer to keep my plans clear and even divide big goals into smaller milestone which are way more manageable. That keeps me from becoming overwhelmed. It’s always easier for me to stay on schedule when I break goals down this way.

  • Anonymous

    Hey,

    Another great strategy to keeping focused -especially online is to use Rescue Time.  It’s a cool app. that allows only certain apps to be worked on during your busy time shutting down distractions like facebook, email and the like.
    Hopefully, that gives you some ideas.  Offline, write down your ideas in a little notepad and action immediately.

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