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How to set your goals for 2021 (Part 1)

How to set your goals for 2021 (Part 1)

Step 1. Set your Lifetime Goals

The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve in your lifetime (or at least, by a significant and distant age in the future). Setting lifetime goals gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making.

To give a broad, balanced coverage of all important areas in your life, try to set goals in some of the following categories (or in other categories of your own, where these are important to you).

THINK BIG! These are goals you want to achieve before you die!

  • Physical Fitness – Are there any athletic goals that you want to achieve, or do you want good health deep into old age? 
  • Mental Fitness – Mental fitness is important to keep your brain and your body healthy, especially as you age. Are there active goals, such as learning a new song or playing a game, or restful ones, such as relaxation and visualization exercises you want to achieve?
  • Career – What level do you want to reach in your career, or what do you want to achieve?
  • Financial – How much do you want to earn, by what stage? How is this related to your career goals?
  • Education – Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What information and skills will you need to have in order to achieve other goals?
  • Family – Do you want to be a parent? If so, how are you going to be a good parent? How do you want to be seen by a partner or by members of your extended family?
  • Attitude – Is any part of your mindset holding you back? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets you? (If so, set a goal to improve your behaviour or find a solution to the problem.)
  • Pleasure – How do you want to enjoy yourself? (You should ensure that some of your life is for you! When you’re happy, you are able to give it to your closed ones!)
  • Public Service – Do you want to make the world a better place? If so, how?

Spend some time brainstorming these things, and then select one or more goals in each category that best reflect what you want to do. Then consider trimming again so that you have a small number of really significant goals that you can focus on.

As you do this, make sure that the goals that you have set are ones that you genuinely want to achieve, not ones that your parents, family, or employers might want. (If you have a partner, you probably want to consider what he or she wants – however, make sure that you also remain true to yourself!)

Step 2: Note your five central personal values

Happiness and elite productivity appears when you work and live under your own terms and standards.

Values exist, whether you recognize them or not. Life can be much easier when you acknowledge your values – and when you make plans and decisions that honour them.

If you value family, but you have to work 70-hour weeks in your job, will you feel internal stress and conflict? And if you don’t value competition, and you work in a highly competitive sales environment, are you likely to be satisfied with your job?

In these types of situations, understanding your values can really help. When you know your own values, you can use them to make decisions about how to live your life, and you can answer questions like these:

  • What job should I pursue?
  • Should I accept this promotion?
  • Should I start my own business?
  • Should I compromise, or be firm with my position?
  • Should I follow tradition, or travel down a new path?

So, take the time to understand the real priorities in your life, and you’ll be able to determine the best direction for you and your life goals!

Values are usually fairly stable, yet they don’t have strict limits or boundaries. Also, as you move through life, your values may change. For example, when you start your career, success – measured by money and status – might be a top priority. But after you have a family, work-life balance may be what you value more.

As your definition of success changes, so do your personal values. This is why keeping in touch with your values is a lifelong exercise. You should continuously revisit this, especially if you start to feel unbalanced… and you can’t quite figure out why.

As you go through the exercise below, bear in mind that values that were important in the past may not be relevant now.

Examples: Achievement, Adventure, Courage, Creativity, Dependability, Determination, Friendship, Health, Honesty, Independence, Integrity, Intelligence, Justice, Kindness, Learning, Love, Peace, Perfection, Security, Simplicity, Sincerity, Spontaneity, Success, Understanding, Wealth

Value 1: __________________________

Value 2: __________________________

Value 3 :__________________________

Value 4: __________________________

Value 5: __________________________

Still not sure what your values are, or how to get to them? Here is an article by Mindtools to help you decide what values are important to you – “What Are Your Values? Deciding What’s Most Important in Life”

Step 3. Set your ONE Mighty Goal for 2021

Cut out the clutter! Record the single most important project that you absolutely must deliver on in the new year. This is your Mighty Mission for 2021. Forget about trying to make 100 things happen. Just produce one outright masterpiece and amazing blessings will unfold.

GOAL: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Reference: 5 Steps to Battleproof 2021(by Robin Sharma)

Step 4. Set your intention for 2021

Choose a theme for the year ahead based on the one mighty goal you want to achieve this year. What will be required of you to be able to achieve it? 

Pick a word that you want – it can be anything; freedom, momentum, courage, compassion, happiness, vulnerability etc.

Write it down, stick a note where you can see it every day, or set it as your phone wallpaper. 

Then, every time there’s a decision, go back to the word and it will help to guide you through all the choices.

My one word/one sentence intention for 2021 is: _________________________________

Reference: Your Intention for 2021 by Rachel Brathen (6 min podcast) & Looking forward and Setting Intentions for 2021 by Lucy Donoughue

Step 5: Set smaller goals to achieve your 2021 Goal

#1 List out all the steps you need to achieve your 2021 Goal

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#2 Set deliverables for each quarter

Build out each quarter of 2021 by setting 2-3 deliverables/steps (from above) for every three month block so you reverse-engineer your 2021 Goal.

Q1 (Jan 2021 – Mar 2021) Deliverables

  1. _______________________________________________________
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  3. _______________________________________________________

Q2 (Apr 2021 – June 2021) Deliverables

  1. _______________________________________________________
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Q3 (July 2021 – Sept 2021) Deliverables

  1. _______________________________________________________
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Q4 (Oct 2021 – Dec 2021) Deliverables

  1. _______________________________________________________
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  3. _______________________________________________________

#3 Set deliverables for each month of the year

Schedule time blocks for your deliverables and action steps on your month-to-month calendar. 

#4 Create a weekly and daily To-Do List 

List out the steps/things that you should do today to work towards your 2021 goal (which ultimately aligns with your lifetime goal, intention for the year and personal values)

At an early stage, your smaller goals might be to read books and gather information on the achievement of your higher level goals. This will help you to improve the quality and realism of your goal setting.

Finally, review your plan, and make sure that your 2021 goal fits the way in which you want to live your life.

By Amoolya Rao

Co-Founder, WorkFromHub

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