Happy new year, friends!
We are so excited and grateful to be back in the office after a wonderful Christmas vacation. Ours was filled with amazing highs (Zac + I got engaged!) and lows (viral bronchitis).
With the start of the new year, we’re so ready to take meaningful action to make progress on our big, wild, take-your-breath-away goals for 2015. We’ve had so much success with our Action-Based Goal Setting technique (remember this blog post?) that we wanted to share a tool we’ve created to help you get started!
Enter, the Monthly Action Worksheet.
The worksheet is divided into three parts, and will guide you through the process of setting action based goals. The first section - “The Big Picture” - is designed for your biggest, wildest dreams - what does success look like to you? We’ve given you a space to note the area of your life in which you’d like to achieve this goal, so you can make sure you're planning for a full and balanced year ahead; I have goals in health, financial, family and business on my worksheet. I think four goals is plenty - if we’re going to make sacrifices for the sake of progress, let’s focus our intensity to make big strides.
Next to each goal is a spot to jot down some proposed next steps. This is the game plan we talked about in our original post. We’re not focusing on the long-term, control-every-step-of-the-way plan here. Just identify the biggest things you can do right now to achieve your long-term goal.
Finally, we get down to the actions portion of the worksheet. Now it’s time to get into the nitty gritty - what specific things can YOU do every week and every day in order to achieve your goals. Again, it’s so important to focus on things that you are doing and NOT the end result.
For example, I now have a wedding to get in shape for! So, my one of my 2015 goals is to shed my post-grad poundage in order to squeeze into those tiny bridal sizes! But while my goal may be to lose pounds and inches, those are just results of me taking other actions, and ultimately out of my control. So, my current action plan includes things like making a weekly meal plan with healthy meals and snacks, tracking my food for a specific calorie deficit, and reaching 10,000 steps a day. My THEORY is that if I do all of those things, I’ll reach my goal - but I'll know I’ve won and can celebrate my success if I complete each of those actions on a daily or weekly basis.
Friends, what are you planning to achieve in 2015? More importantly, what actions are you committing to in order to make them happen?