During the month of January, I always feel like I’m still getting ready for the new year. The WHOLE month of January! It can sometimes feel like a trial month, and then your subscription to the new year actually starts in February.
If you are like me at all, then I’m sure you can relate. Even though I plan my goals and everything for the following year in November, I still feel like I’m always adjusting during January. Maybe it’s just that post-holiday coma I’m trying to wake up from. Anyhow, here are the five parts that you should have in your vision plan going into every new year. Inspired by my father, this is the method I use for myself.
Your Purpose or Mission Statement
In order to create your goals, you have to understand who you are and what you are about. This is called your purpose. You want your goals to end up aligning with your purposes and desires. Finding this out about yourself, is extremely fundamental in being able to plan your future. Once you do that, you can start planning your goals.
Short-term Goals (1 year)
Having short-term goals, is having goals for one year in advance, a.k.a. the following year. Short-term goals are what most people plan for when they look to the next year. This category should have the most detail, because it is the closest in time to where you are now, and therefore you should have the most insight to what will happen. You should have goals for every part of your life. They should be specific and have a deadline of what month your goal will be done by.
Mid-term Goals (5 years)
Mid-term goals are having goals for the next 5 years. This category has the second-most amount of details. These are for goals that will take around this timeframe to accomplish. Whenever, you are making goals in all of these categories, it’s important to go back to your purpose and understand what your priorities are. This will help you to see if your goals are staying aligned to your purpose and aligned to your priorities. All your goals should be buildable: what you have in the short-term goals, should lead to your mid-term goals.
Long-term Goals (10 years or beyond)
And lastly long-term goals, will further build on what you listed under your mid-term goals. All the goals, in every category, align with your purposes, desires and priorities. They also all build on each other. Writing down these three goal categories, give you a clearer picture on what you should focus on during this time in your life. It ensures a higher success rate of actually accomplishing these goals.
List all positive outcomes from previous year
One of the best ways to end your vision plan, is to recognize what goals were accomplished in the previous year. This is one of my favorite things to write down because it encourages me. I love seeing my vision plan, that I wrote in the previous year, come into fruition in the results section. It means I’m going in the right direction. It means that I can do this. It’s important to remember the good things that did happen, and not only focus on what hasn’t happened yet.
All in all, make sure your goals follow the SMART method. Where they are: Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time-based. This will help a lot when you are writing down your goals as well. Some people can do more than you can in a year, and some people can do less. You have to make sure your goals work for you. It’s never too late to start! Have fun planning and dreaming! ||