Write Big Goals & Reach Them

A new year is coming! A clean slate! A new beginning! Someone will say, “It’s going to be the best year of my life?” I love your enthusiasm. That will help. But, we know that great years don’t usually happen on accident. Great years come from extraordinary dreams, plans, calendars, and routines.

I don’t want you to be like most people, who write a 5 minute list of goals on New Year’s Eve, and then forget about those goals by January 7. There are 6 weeks left until the new year begins. Enjoy the holiday season, live fully in the moment, relate with family and friends… but also dedicate some time to dreaming and planning for 2014.

You will miss 100% of the shots you do not make. -Wayne Gretzky

How many shots have you missed because you did not take them? Is there a better life out there waiting for you to dream it, plan it, and pursue it? The answer is yes. So, don’t be like those who are always stressed out, out of focus, and lacking achievement. They operate by the seat of their pants, without a plan. You can be different. You can show the world what you’ve got this year.

You can write big goals and reach them with these 5 simple steps.

1. Clarify Your Dream (3-5 hours one time)

Start with the overall big picture. What do you really want to do with your life? You don’t have to know how to get there. For now, you just need a crystal clear picture of what you want to accomplish. Dream big like anything is possible, because it really is.

2. Write A One Year Plan (3-5 hours one time)

After you’ve clarified your dreams, narrow your focus to the next 12 months. Give equal consideration to each life equity: spiritual, physical, family, financial, career, contribution, character, education, and new experiences. List everything you intend to accomplish for the year. Write a balanced plan that is achievable, with a stretch!

3. Mark Up A One Year Calendar (1-2 hours one time)

To reach big goals, you must be 100% on when you are supposed to be on, and 100% off when you are supposed to be off. Starting with a blank page, mark up your one year calendar with work days, holidays, vacations, etc. This helps you to know when you’ll work and when you’ll play. You should be able to look at the calendar and say, “At a glance of the year, I can see how I will reach each of these goals. I can see when I will need to be focused and work hard, and I can also see when I will be rewarded.” This is very important.

4. Create A Weekly Schedule Of Routines (1-2 hours one time)

Finally, write a weekly schedule of routines. Of course, no two weeks are the same, but if you want to reach your goals, you need to at least know what a perfect week looks like. Starting with a blank, one week calendar, block out weekly routines to accomplish everything in your written plan. Then, try to follow your weekly routines at least 80% of the time. If you do this correctly, you will have plenty of time blocked out for   your goals, and for a year of fun and relaxation.

5. Review Your Dream, Plan, Calendar, and Routines (15 minutes weekly)

Once you have a dream to live for, written into a plan, marked onto a 12 month calendar, and broken down to a weekly schedule of routines… you are ready for the greatest year of your life! Now, all you need to do is keep your total plan in a place where you can review it weekly, rehearse it out loud, and revise it when needed. This is the key step for most people. Because it does little good to write a brilliant plan if you’re going to forget it.

Congratulations! You’re just 5 steps away from the greatest year of your life. Post your questions and comments. I’d love to chat about your dreams, plans, calendars, and routines.

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Dream Big,

Chuck Balsamo

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6 thoughts on “Write Big Goals & Reach Them

  1. Love this! I’m almost half way to my first goal from January 1st of this year. That is to get to a healthier weight. I want to be the best mom and wife I can be. I’m making sure that the activities I do, what and who I listen to, and everything I eat lines up with that. (Except on cheat day of course). I’m so glad I already have positive and inspiring like minded people around me. 2014 is going to be AMAZING!

    • Mel, you are inspiring everyone around you right now. I haven’t seen a person so much in the zone as you are in a very long time. Congrats on your success and God continue to be with you!

  2. Chuck…still in deep thought…going to pull out my spare binder, several dividers and begin to answer these questions…these are questions that are in dire need of straightforward answers from me…thanks for challenging to me to complete this and to rise to the challenge…

    • Christine, your whole future is right there in front of you waiting to be discovered. It starts with a crystal clear picture, then a written plan, marked up calendar, and a schedule of routines. I pray that this blog sparks something that turns into a blazing fire. Maybe you will look back to this conversation 5 years from now and say, “Wow, I had no idea how amazing my life was about to become.” I’m praying for you, thanking God for the blessing to DFC and to me personally throughout the years.

      • …been thinking and writing…writing and thinking…grateful for this assignment and challenge…oh how easy it is to momentarily forget about the courage that comes from dreaming dreams…thank you for that reminder Lord…

  3. Every year I look forward to this writing plan and having God implement it in my life. 2014 is going to be a year of new beginnings for Randy and I in our journey into the unknown. As you know we are still living at the Valley Mission……God is using us in mighty ways here. We are watching God transform people. Thanks for your prayers and support.