This time of year, you either see stuff about finishing the year strong or setting goals for the upcoming year.

It all makes sense. We have been programmed to set New Year’s resolutions. Most companies have their fiscal year timed with the calendar year, so you set goals at the beginning of the calendar year and rush to complete them at the end of the year.

Since this is how we are programmed, I thought I’d share a bit on goal setting.

Many people are cynical about goal setting, at least when it comes to personal goals. They have done it before and didn’t succeed at it.

Here’s something I want to point out to you. If you set another round of goals, you may not achieve them. But you are guaranteed to fail if you do not try. Remember the quote from Wayne Gretzky: “You miss one hundred percent of the shorts you don’t take.” Let that sink in. You’ll only achieve what you intentionally pursue.

Certainly, there are many factors you cannot control. That is why it is even more important to take responsibility for the elements you can control. And that’s where goals come in. They are the key to identifying those factors you can control and making an intentional plan to making the most of them.

When I set goals, I try to spread them around instead of having them all about one topic. Having 10 goals about losing weight isn’t going to keep me a well-rounded person, so I use a bunch of dimensions:

Finances
Important relationships
Career/business
Adventures
Friendships
Environment
Health
Intellectual Life
Skills
Spiritual Life
Creative Life
Community

I once worked with a financial planner who used the following “powers of success”:

Physical Health
Personal Control
Personal Skills
Personal Fulfillment
Precious Relationships
Pursuit of Financial Freedom

It doesn’t really matter how you compartmentalize your goals. You need to be aware of how the aspects will be impacted by your goals in a different area.

If you do decide to create goals across all of 12 (or 6) areas, don’t be surprised if you find things starting to shift. You are tapping into the power of your subconscious and opportunities that were right under your nose will now be noticed.

The truth is, no matter what is going on around you, this coming year is a blank canvas. The most important things are yours to improve.

I want you to spend a moment now and reflect on what a win would feel like at the end of next year when you have accomplished your top goals. Imagine getting to the end of the year knowing you have accomplished what matters most.

How does that make you feel? Excited? Delighted? Proud? Accomplished?

There is something big in your future. Something big in 2018. But you are at a crossroads and you need to figure out what to do.

The way I see it is that you have three choices.
1. You can quit altogether. (Goal setting is useless. You’ve tried it before.)
2. You can continue doing it alone, hoping to get better results. (Remember Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, hoping to get different results.)
3. You can let me help you get better results by getting regular accountability coaching

For those of you who raring to go and want to set yourselves up for the best possible year ahead, sign up for a complimentary 30 minute Goal-Setting Strategy Call. Here is the link to my calendar.