How many people have goals and dreams that are bigger than those in 2013? If we were in a classroom right now, I’m sure over half the room would have their hand-raised right now. When setting goals, we are always in search for more. We look at our current position, and our natural tendency is to aim higher & dream bigger than ever before.
I too, want this year to be unlike any other year but, I realize I have the same 24-hours in each day. The number of days in each week has not changed. I still have only 7 days to get things done each week. Therefore, I took a different approach when setting my goals this year. Rather than just making several lists of goals, I decided to arrange them according to one overall theme: M&Ms!
Make each goal (M)eaningful
(M)aximize my time while working to achieve my goals
Each time I work towards a goal, I will be asking myself: “how is this meaningful to what you want to achieve?” and “how can you maximize your time today?”
Believe it or not, the idea of implementing a theme came to me after reading Ecclesiastes 1-3. Those three chapters highlight the importance of making life meaningful and fun, and using our time wisely. Therefore, I thought what better way is there to pursue my goals than by using God’s wisdom! I had so much fun with my theme that I decided to share it with others who may struggle with setting their goals. My desire is for everyone to achieve their goals and dreams for 2014, so I decided to share what has been helpful to me.
For my M&M theme, each goal that I’ve set is meaningful because it is tied to my overall long-term career & life goal. Each goal is set in a way that will help that vision/goal become a reality at the end of the year. Next, I often struggle with running out of time to do things. Therefore, I’ve set a goal to maximize my time as I pursue each goal by being efficient.
For example, one of my fitness goals for the year is to achieve 18% body fat. Is this goal meaningful? Yes! Health is very important to me and it is something I value highly. The healthier I am, the more energy and endurance I’ll have to pursue my other goals–it meets the first M! I will need to be efficient in achieving this goal so I’ve signed up with a trainer. Sure, I could’ve done my own research on diet and exercise to achieve this goal but that would not be good use of my time. Hiring a trainer will allow me to devote myself to the goals that I can handle on my own. He will organize my workouts and my nutrition plan. Thus, allowing me to be efficient and maximize my time–the second M!
See what I realize is that, I can have dreams as big as the mountains! But, if I’m not meaningful in my purpose and in my plan to achieve those dreams, I may never see them come to pass. If I do not use my time wisely or efficiently, I risk the possibility of delaying my progress in seeing those goals achieved.
Have you ever used a theme to organize your goals?
I decided to do some research on the use of themed goal-setting and the results were quite interesting! Research shows that individuals who use themes for their goals are more likely to achieve them. Using a theme is similar to watching a movie. If you understand the overall theme for a movie/play you tend to find it more enjoyable, and you are able to identify a connection to it. Have you ever heard of Chris Guillebeau? He’s a renown world traveler and author that has visited EVERY single country in the WORLD. That’s 193 countries! He too uses a theme when setting his goals. Based on his accomplishments, it’s safe to say themes are an effective tool!
2014 can be our BEST YEAR yet if we organize our goals wisely! If you’re interested in learning more about how to organize and set your goals for the year, I encourage you to check out an awesome video at 100LifeGoals.com. I viewed the video yesterday and received many valuable tips that I will use to make this year’s goals a success!
Lastly, if you’re interested in learning more about using themes in goal-setting here are a few helpful sites:
*SideNote: The idea of implementing a theme came to me on the last day of 3-Day Promise Fast. This was a fast that I initiated at the end of 2013, in order to gain clarity, wisdom, and direction from God regarding my goals for 2014. The diet for the fast was based on the food list for the Daniel Fast. If you’re searching for wisdom and guidance regarding your goals for the year, I highly recommend doing a fast. It can be short in duration just like mine or even 1-day. When you do it, I guarantee that you will receive greater insight and wisdom in your personal and professional life.