For the past two years, I have been publishing articles about goal setting to kick off the year.
It has been a way to hold myself accountable, keep track of my successes (and failures), enjoy life more fully than some do in a lifetime and to inspire others to do the same.
Today, I'm pointing to consistent Goal Setting as THE single biggest change agent in my life. It is also my Secret to Happiness.
Goal setting has allowed me to step away from jobs I don't love, charge what I'm worth and take chances on new ventures.
If we hadn't started setting some Family Financial Goals back in 2013, I don't think I would have as many opportunities and options as I do today. We'd still be "paying interest and not ATTENTION" in the words of Dave Ramsey.
In fact, we've been using a combination of Mint, Betterment and the notepad app on my phone consistently since 2014 to successfully nearly double our SAVINGS AND EARNINGS rates.
Some of those goals and achievements include:
Check out my 2016 Goals and my first year in Online Business here.
Check out my 2017 Goals and my second year in Online Business here.
And for this year, with a brand new family member to love, we've got even more to be excited about!
In the spirit of growth and abundance, I would like to invite you to go through the following goal-setting exercise with me in order to set your goals for 2018.
First, Lets Review My 2017 Goals:
My 2017 goal results:
I've grown a lot this year and I hope you have too...
I usually share my personal goal-setting spreadsheet in the Community Forums at the Pharmapreneur Academy, because who doesn't love a Goal Setting Spreadsheet?
But here I'd like to share some basic goal-setting tips to help you get started.
This is just barely scratching the surface of goal-setting so I also highly recommend the book The 12 Week Year for more specific information on this process.
My basic goal-setting process:
1. Set a goal based on your BIG LIFE VISION (this is what you’ll need the book for)
2. Ask yourself what will achieving this goal MEAN to you?
3. Break the project down into sub-projects WITH DEADLINES
4. Take each sub-project and break it down into tasks WITH DEADLINES
5. Now take those tasks and assign them to specific weeks PER DEADLINE
6. Plan out your weekly plan according to deadlines
If you haven't yet, now is the time to start planning out and setting your goals for 2018.
"You must plan ahead to achieve anything great. " - Blair
Now, I am using a Trello board to help me keep track of my 2018 Goals.
I've split my 2018 Goal Board up into Lists for Health, Business Goals/Professional Success, Financial Success and Ideas.
Then using a combination of the 12-Week-Year technique and a few new things I've learned, I've broken my business goals down in Trello a bit differently.
I'm using a Three-Cycle Year to plan my Strategic Objectives instead of a Four Quarter Year.
My Three-Cycle Year breakdown is now:
During these Cycles my focus will shift from Growth to Sustainability to New Products to Hiring and back to Growth.
I'm using a Strategic Objectives framework to focus my efforts during each of these three cycles.
Then I also have my overarching goals, which as I mentioned, include Personal, Financial, Health and Business Goals.
So, now for accountability and transparency's sake, here's a small sample of my 2018 goals.
NOTE: I'm writing them today in the past tense (a technique recommended by Grant Cardone) as if it were December 2018.
My Top Ten 2018 Goals:
Will you join me in setting your 2018 goals TODAY?
No matter your goals, I encourage you to choose them, write them down and share them with someone. Feel free to email me and I will gladly hold the intention for you.
I thank you for reading and for a wonderful year.
I hope your Holidays are safe and happy.
See you in the New Year!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Blair Green Thielemier, PharmD is an independent consultant pharmacist living in Arkansas with her husband and daughter. Her latest project is the first-ever virtual pharmacy conference, the Elevate Pharmacy Virtual Summit. She is also the founder of Pharmapreneur Academy, an online e-Course and Community where she guides pharmacist-entrepreneurs through the process and barriers of building a pharmacy consulting business. She is the author of How to Build a Pharmacy Consulting Business, a contributing author for Pharmacy Times and guest host on the Pharmacy Podcast. More information about Dr. Thielemier can be found on her website.