Priorities, Priorities, Priorities

Thanks for being a part of this blog’s FIRST EVER series- New Year’s Goals. Today let’s look at some important considerations for making goals that actually matter to you!

Maybe I’m the only one (I doubt it) who has ever set a long list of goals, only to realize later that having 20 goals caused me to accomplish 0. The main problem I’ve found is that I set goals about things that don’t really fall into any of my top priorities. “Whiten teeth weekly,” for example, was a real goal I set a couple years ago that was completely unimportant compared to “finish college degree” or “save enough money for my trip to the Dominican Republic”.

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So how do you make sure the goals you set are actually worth it? Set goals based on your priorities. Here’s how:

  1. Determine what your priorities are. Think about a few of the most important things in your life. What do you want to be remembered for? What is truly important? It may be things like your faith, your family, your career, your health, or something else. Write down your few main priorities. Keep this list short- around 3 things is a good place to start.
  2. Think about your super-long-term-lifelong dreams in these areas. If family is one of your very top priorities, what do you want to do in this area by the time you die? Do you want to have a superstar marriage? Raise successful kids? Remain close to your parents and grandparents? Whatever your main priorities are, decide how this will look in the overall picture of your life.
  3. Set this year’s goals to reflect your lifelong dreams. Here’s where it’s easy to go wrong. If your career is one of your very top priorities and you’ve determined your lifelong career dreams, but your 2016 goals don’t include anything that will push you further in your career, you aren’t setting effective goals! Set goals which push you towards the things that really matter to you. Keep your yearly goals list very short so you can really focus on each one.

Simply put, don’t waste your time chasing after goals that aren’t helping you with your very top priorities. Life’s too short to try to chase a thousand goals at once, especially when many times these goals aren’t even all that important in the big picture.

I’d love to hear from you. What are your very top priorities? What goals this year are helping you focus on these priorities?


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