Who can quite believe that it’s almost mid-December? December for me screams goal setting. So, I have designed for you, yes you’ve guessed it, a Goal Setting Worksheet to help you plan and set your goals in 2017.
Last year was the first year that I set some personal goals. Most of my goal setting up to that point revolved around my corporate job in Compliance. Last December, whilst on maternity leave and recovering from a C-section, I was reflecting on my life over the past few years.
At the age of 31, I was left wondering what I had achieved in life so far and what was next. I knew I wasn’t happy working my 9-5. I knew I wanted to spend more time with my children. I knew wholeheartedly that both myself and my newborn were both lucky to be in this world after an extremely complicated pregnancy and even more complicated birth. I knew it was time to change the things in life that I wasn’t happy with and so I set myself some life changing goals.
In short, my goals for 2016 were to quit my corporate 9-5 job and run my planner business from home whilst I looked after my children. Of course, those goals were broken down into many other much smaller goals, action points, and strategies which took a lot of time to plan.
There is something about writing your goals down. I personally enjoy goal setting. I love achieving the goals I’ve set. It makes me feel good about myself and is a great confidence booster. Additionally, research shows that individuals who write their goals down are more likely to achieve them.
In December 2015, I was barely half the person I once was. I was suffering from a huge amount of anxiety, low self-esteem, and little confidence in myself. My corporate job and the workplace bullying that I had been subjected to had worn me thin. I looked at my goals every single day and worked hard to reach them. Some days, I felt like I wanted to quit but I kept pushing through.
I tell you this not for sympathy, but to inspire you, because in April 2016 I walked into my workplace with my head held high and handed them my resignation. It was the most amazing feeling to leave on my own terms and know that my life was back on track.
Set yourself some goals for 2017….
Life is so short and the days pass by so quickly! I encourage every single one of you to live life to fullest and follow your dreams. A dream is only a dream without a plan and that is why I am sharing this free Goal Setting Worksheet with you. If you have a dream, no matter how big or small, write it down and start working towards your dreams.
I have a two quotes that I live my life by now:
- “ If you don’t build your own dreams, someone will hire you to help them build theirs” – Tony Gaskin
- “Dream big, start small but most of all start” – author unknown
I truly believe that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Have faith, be courageous, and be true to yourself and your dreams.
SMART goal setting….
I have written here in the past about SMART Goal Setting. In fact, it was the subject of my very first Planner Squad blog post. The SMART Goal Setting principle is amazing and it will help you to set realistic goals that you can work towards achieving. The free SMART Goals Assessment booklet that I designed for the Planner Squad talks about how to set SMART goals. I recommend reading that blog post and downloading the free workbook so you can be confident in setting SMART goals.
The free Goal Setting Worksheet….
As always, the free printable Goal Setting Worksheet is available in both A5 and personal size. The personal size worksheet has been designed to be printed booklet style and comes with crop marks reading for cropping down to the correct size.
Inspire and be inspired by sharing your goals below. What goals will you be sharing in 2017?