As a lululemon ambassador, I had the joy of attending a goals and visions meeting with the entire store team a couple of weeks ago. I’ve always enjoyed discussing goals and even spoke on a panel about goal setting in a blog conference a few years ago. Going in to the meeting, I felt like I had a pretty good handle on goals and how to work them into my life. I didn’t expect to learn anything new. Boy was I wrong! I learned so much and it got me taking a closer look at my own goals.
Have A Vision
What do you want for your life? What does your ideal life look like in 10 years? Of course, these images can change as we grow, but we should still have an idea of in what direction we want our life to head. Otherwise we wander aimlessly about, hopping from goal to goal with no real vision. Set up a big picture before diving into the steps to get there with individual, shorter-term goals.
Ask Hard Questions
In order to know what to include in your vision for your life, you need to be willing to ask yourself some hard questions. Take some time to determine 5-10 things that you value the most in your life. Family? Health? Travel? Quiet time? Social experiences? Financial freedom? A steady job? Even questions that sometimes seem silly and light-hearted can give you a glimpse into your innermost desires. Thinking about how you would spend your time if you had only 6 months to live or what you would do if you won 10 million dollars can actually tell a lot about your hopes and dreams and life wants. Determine what makes you HAPPY. Only then will you feel fulfilled in your accomplishments, rather than chasing after the wind.
Match It Up
Now comes the part where you check in on how you’re using your time. You have the long term vision of where you want your life to lead. You evaluated the things that matter to you. Get real with yourself here. Are the things you’re doing TODAY benefitting your vision? Is the way you spend your time TODAY bringing you closer to your big dreams? Do they match? For example, if you know you have a vision of owning a home but are saving up $2000 for a down payment on a new car you don’t need…well, you’re not putting 2 and 2 together in a meaningful way. Where are you focusing your time right now? What short-term goals do you have for the next week? Month? Year? If they don’t mesh with where you hope your LIFE to go, then you may need to reevaluate so you don’t waste precious time.
How It Impacted Me
Well, my big vision for my life centers on family, yoga, and personal peace. In 10 years I envision having strong relationships with my children and my husband. M will be 16 and B 14 years old. Trying years, no doubt. Yet, I still have the vision that we will enjoy spending time together and bonding as a family. That Peter & I will remain committed to our marriage – hopefully traveling and having some freedom to do various things we love.
I picture teaching yoga – more classes and things like workshops or other events. I hope to become a very qualified instructor, known and respected in my local yoga community for positively impacting and connecting with students and fellow yogis.
I envision doing these things with a sense of balance and peace to my time and life. Without overfilling my plate and putting pressure on myself. I have time for deepening my faith, serving others, and simply enjoying life in the everyday moments.
This is my vision. And I must admit that this caused me to take a closer look at the steps I have recently taken. Are they lining up with the direction I truly wish my life to take? I will choose to honor the vision over what seems like an important goal for today. I will choose goals that build my time for a better future than take time away from today.
Let’s Chat: What are some of your goals? How are the things you’re doing right now supporting them?
Related: 5 Steps To Achieving Your Goals
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