Goal Setting Template For 2012
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” Alan Lakein
Would you like to have your Best Year Yet in 2012? I’ve put together a goal setting template for your own personal growth plan. If you follow it carefully, you’ll be positioning yourself to move beyond a simple wish list of resolutions to solid personal and professional results.
This smart goal setting template is based on Your Best Year Yet!: Ten Questions for Making the Next Twelve Months Your Most Successful Ever, by Jenny Ditzler.
The goal setting template is really based on the following premise: Ask Questions and Get Answers. You are going to ask yourself some key questions, and you are going to give yourself the answers based on your own personal self-reflection.
Question 1: What Did I Accomplish This Year?
“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”
Louis L’Amour (American writer, best-selling author, 1908-1988)
Take some time to answer this question. Write down at least 20 accomplishments, in all areas of your life.
Question 2: What Were My Biggest Disappointments?
“Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.”
In order to best handle disappointment, you’ve got to be honest about all the disappointments from the past year. We all make mistakes so it’s ok if you’ve made some. You’ve written down your top 20 accomplishments. Now it’s time to also write down the disappointments. List them all out, in every area of your life.
Question 3: What Did I Learn Last Year?
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
Colin Powell quotes (Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93). Past US Secretary of Stat.
General Powell is correct. Failure is a key part of success. Those who are most successful have been able to learn most efficiently from their own and from others’ failures. Thanks to question 2, you have already written down your disappointments. Now it’s time to learn from them. Once you’ve distilled your reflections on both your accomplishments and your failures, you can formulate some guidelines to help you in 2012. Then you can write your guidelines for 2012 for next year under the heading below. It’s the best way to mine gold from your experience of the last year.
Guidelines For the Next Year
Question 4: How Do I Limit Myself, and How Can I Stop?
The biggest obstacle to creating a wonderful life is self-limiting beliefs. A self-limiting belief is an idea you have that you are limited in some way, in terms of time, talent, intelligence, money, ability, or opportunity. ~ Brian Tracy, bestselling author and management consultant, motivational writer and speaker
a) How do I limit myself?
b) In what areas of my life am I not achieving what I want?
c) What do I say to myself to explain these failures?
Question 4 gives you the surgeon’s scalpel to cut into your mind and heart, to figure out how you’re holding yourself back, where you’re unsatisfied with your outcomes, what keeps you stuck, and how to move forward. If you’ll do the hard and painful work of self-examination, you’ll be able to come out with new beliefs that can set you on the road to a whole new outlook on your life in 2012. Once you’ve come up with your new life-changing belief/s, write it down under the heading of “New Paradigm” for 2012 below.
Question 5: What Are My Personal Values?
As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people’s opinions or by comparisons to others. “Wrong” and “right” will have little to do with being found out. ~ Stephen Covey, internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author.
Question 5 takes you through a self-examination process to uncover what is most important to you at a soul and gut level. Without your values, it’s like flying a plane without any instrument panel upside down in a cloud while surrounded by mountains. The result can be disastrous. Take time to map out your 5 most important values.
Question 6: What Roles Do I Play?
Your values play a big part in keeping you honest. A second key review that will help you stay balanced in your life is pinpointing the various roles you play in your life. Write them down! You’ll want to limit yourself to no more than 7 roles in your life.
Question 7: What Role Is My Focus for 2012?
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. ~ William James, American psychologist and philosopher
Choosing a focus and niche for 2012 is key to your success.
Question 8: What Are My Goals for Each Role?
If you’ve done diligent work on the first seven questions, you’ll be ready to write down your goals for each goal.
In this step, which is where I’m currently parked, you want to generate as many goals as possible for each role. It’s the brainstorming step. You will then refine your list into your top 10 goals.
That’s it! This goal setting template gives you an effective, balanced formula for a personal growth plan for 2012. Goal setting is a key factor for success.
I hope you liked this goal setting template!
Have you started planning your goals for 2012? Feel free to use this one to help with setting goals, and push towards having a terrific 2012.
I look forward to your insights and comments below!
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Goal Setting Template
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