Now I know there are two kinds of people out there:
1 -Those who are completely put off by resolutions and don't set them,
and 2- those who see resolutions as something very natural with the start of a new calendar year.
I've been in both camps and I've come up with a couple methods and a downloadable PDF tool (below!) that will suit everyone and help you set your priorities for goal setting 🙂
Pick Your Word
If you're not into resolutions, this may appeal to you (and if you are, well then obviously you are on board!).
Pick a word, a phrase, or a sentence that you can come back to throughout the year and use this to help you make decisions and guide you through the year.
Let me give you some examples.
I had a word in mind that I wanted people to use when they described me or had an interaction with me… especially this past year as I was traveling on the Practical Paleo book tour and hosting different events. This word was vibrant.
It's not enough to just think of the word, you also have to think about how that word is going to shape different areas of your life… so I had to think about how I was going to be vibrant in many different scenarios.
Another example: a woman on my team just had a baby. Instead of setting big goals next year, she wants to just focus on balance as a new working mom.
This only time I think this doesn't apply perfectly is to those of you with a business or seeking to move your career forward. I do think it is very important to set hard and fast goals for yourself and your business.
For me, it was writing books in the past with deadlines from my publisher. Since I don't have a book coming out next year, my team and I sat down to plan and set goals for launches and projects next year. While we may also have a word to shape our year, we also have goals and deadlines to reach.
Set Your Priorities
My husband and I sat down a couple weeks ago to start writing goals together for the next year. I wanted to share this framework with you in hopes that it will help you shape your 2017 (an awesome resource coming soon!)
We started with these tangible areas for goal setting (in no particular order): Note – slightly different than what I described in the video.
- wild card – you choose!
Then, we ordered these categories in two different ways: the order in importance to the goal-setter and the order in which category needs the most work.
Ordering these two ways can help bring clarity and realignment to your priorities for setting goals.
For example, for those of you reading this, health is likely the most important category to you because even though your relationships may be important, without your health, you can't show up to be your best in those relationships.
If you also discover that your health is the category that needs the most work, you can start digging deeper. Maybe you didn't take care of yourself very well the past year. Or maybe you are a mom and you constantly put everyone else's needs above your own and you need to focus on you and your health this coming year.
This method is great because you do not need to have goals for all 8 categories… in fact, you may only set goals for the top 2-3. This is much more realistic and not as overwhelming.
BONUS! We have a 17-page What Lights You Up? 2017 Goal Setting Workbook download to help you set your goals this way for 2017. In addition to the content above, we also have a spiral visual that demonstrates how each goal is going to have small action steps that will help you achieve the bigger goal.
So cheers to 2017 and making the goal setting process a little easier (and fun)!