"Old ways do not open new doors"
Setting goals is imperative to accomplishing our dreams because without setting goals, our dreams are effectively just wishes - a wish being a hope or desire for something to happen. This is a nice thought; however, the reality is that wishes do not manifest our desires. The only way to fulfil our dreams is to set goals and actions that bring our ideas to fruition.
With that said, it’s important to note that before setting goals to change our lives, it is essential first to review and examine what our existing life is like to determine what is and isn’t working. Now, this may sound obvious, however often we do not know what exactly is not working other than the fact that we feel unsatisfied. And, when we do not know precisely what is not working, we end up not knowing where or how to make changes which can lead us to then feeling stuck and in a rut.
Therefore, the first step before setting goals is to identify and understand what needs to change.
To gain this clarity, it is a useful exercise to review the previous 12 months to reflect on any key achievements, learning’s and challenges that we have faced.
If you would like to conduct this exercise, then download and complete the attached “Life Review Deep Dive” exercise to identify what you need and want to change in your life.
Some food for thought:
People often wait until the end of the year to build new goals, but why wait? The start of a new year is not going to make us any more successful in achieving our goals than if we start working on our goals now.
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