If you’ve completed the Best Year Yet exercises I have outlined since October 1, 2010, you are on course to have an effective and satisfying year in 2012. (If you have not had the opportunity to read my previous article, you can access the 8 key questions for smart goal setting by checking out this smart goal setting template I’ve compiled for you).
If you haven’t done so already, write down your top roles in your life, and start brainstorming a list of goals under every single role. Once you’re done, you’ll have a nice long list of goals for 2012.
Here are some tips to this final phase of your personal growth development plan for 2012.
Narrow Down Your List to the Top 12 Goals
You are going to narrow your brainstorming list down to your top 12 goals. Why not more? The answer is focus. If you can accomplish those 12 goals, more power to you! You can then continue on down your list. However, you don’t want to overwhelm your subconscious so that you end up giving up on your goals altogether.
Make sure you do hold on to the list of all your goals. If you finish your top 12 goals for 2011, you can then start prioritizing and completing some of the other goals on your list.
How To Choose Your Top 12 Goals
Get the Bird’s Eye View
Review all your preparation work which has occurred to this point. (Again, all the information you need is in the goal setting template (free) I’ve put together for you). Consider your guidelines learned by reviewing your victories and disappointments from this last year. In compiling your guidelines, you also will have outlined a new paradigm forged from your experiences. Also, you will want to have your top five values and top eight roles written down on your goal setting sheet. These different lists are going to give you the perspective you need to choose your most important goals.
Avoid Setting Goals That Will Conflict With Your Values
For example, one of the goals I chose one year was to run my first full marathon. My top core values include integrity, wisdom, health, family, friendship. The marathon goal was consistent with staying healthy, but it could interfere with family and friendships due to the amount of time required to train. Reviewing my goals helped kept me honest: so I got up earlier and I planned on running the marathon toward the end of the year, so that I had a longer period to train. By stretching out the completion deadline, I had more time available for both family and friends.
Take a Balanced Approach
Here’s the easiest way to achieve balance: Make sure that you choose at least one goal from each role. By having one goal per role, you will ensure that you aren’t leaving any aspects of your life untouched. It’s a good feeling knowing that you’re growing in all areas of your life.
- Which goals, when achieved will make the most difference to yourself and to others
Ask yourself, which of these 12 goals will bring me the greatest return on my investment of time and energy?
Some of the goals may run concurrently, but by making some of your goals more important than others, you will have an idea of which goal to begin with.
Put It All Together Into Your 2012 Personal Growth Plan!
Once you’ve done all the work, here’s how you can organize it. I recommend printing your goals out, and also storing them at Evernote. By reviewing your goals with excitement and faith on a daily basis, you will be setting yourself up to accomplish those goals.
Here Is My Personal Growth Development Plan I Used One Year
**I’m using my own personal experience merely to illustrate how you can use this same plan for yourself**
a) Put the Big Rocks In First (this refers to Steven Covey’s example of Filling a Pail With Sand and Rocks: if you put the Rocks in First, you will be able to pour the sand around it. In the same way, when we put the Most Important Things into our schedule, the rest of life will work itself out).
b) Small Sacrifices Daily Add Up to Long Term Prosperity (for me, this refers to paying down debt)
I, Stephen Borgman, pledge to:
Apply biblical principles in managing my finances
• Keep my expenses below my income
• Pay my bills on time
• Invest in assets that grow in value
• Contribute to my church and its ministries
TOP TWELVE GOALS:
1) Take quiet time daily, practicing deep breathing and prayer/meditation 3x per day (Steve’s Coach)
2) Practice housekeeping chores on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays (Husband)
3) Two dates with Vicki every month (Husband)
4) One Dad son and one Dad daughter event per month (Father)
5) One family meeting per month (Father)
6) Have one couple over per quarter (Friendship)
7) Write a thank you note/letter to every referral I get in my private practice, and for every client that I finish counseling with (Therapist)
8) I will run one full marathon, raising money for a worthy cause, by the end of 2011 (Steve’s Coach)
9) Guest post on the following blogs: Change Your Thoughts, Pick the Brain, Advanced Life Skills, Success Center, I will post 4 guest posts per quarter on each of these blogs. (Blogger)
10) Develop my first information products: one for Personal Success Factors and one for Prospering With Aspergers, by fall of 2011 (Blogger)
11) Every two weeks go over finances and tenant concerns (Landlord)
12) Get my filing system in order (Therapist)
photo credit: Pen, Diary and Glasses by Generationbass.com
What are some of your top goals for 2012?
Do you have any other goal setting resources you can recommend?
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