2014 is almost upon us, my friends. And as most of you know I’m a planner. So it’s time for my to set my goals for 2014. Well the time for me started a while ago, but the time to really lock things in, add the last Sharpie doodle and scribble in the margins is now. Setting goals can be as simple or as complicated as you make it. One year I simply had one phrase “Make Yourself Proud” as my goal for the year.

But if you want to get a little more complicated. If you wanted to nut things out a little more deeply. Then do i have the plan for you. 2014, come at me, right? Exciting. So drag out a fresh notebook, crack the spine if it has one {mmmm, stationary!} and get ready to answer the following for yourself. Do it in one sitting if you can. Take the time and really get excited about what could be coming up for you in 2014.

Ready? Let’s do this thing!

  • Did you have a goal, a word for the year or a plan in 2013?
    • Yes or no?
    • How did that work out for you?
    • If you went free-range without a plane, describe how you feel about that.
  • How was 2013 awesome?
  • In what way was 2013 SO not awesome?
  • What are three things you enjoyed about 2013 and would like more of in 2014?
  • What are three things you didn’t enjoy in 2013 and would like less of in 2014?

Now make sure you are on a completely new page. Just in case you get the urge to tear out 2013 and toss it away later never to be seen again. Then answer the following questions;

  • What are three things you would like to achieve for yourself this year?
    • Break those three things down a little further into what that REALLY looks like. Get visual, describe it, doodle on the page, do anything that reminds you of how you’d achieve that, by what date, who will help you and what you’ll need to do, change and let go of to make it.
  • What are three things are you giving up this year? And why.
    • Get really detailed about why you’re giving up, why it was important enough to include here and who will be party of it all coming together for you.

For the questions below be detailed. Say as much as you want to, draw some cute pictures, cut and paste, whatever. Take some time to really dream, go a little nuts and whatever you do include something that you think would be pretty darn tricky to pull off in one year. Dream big my pretties. 😉

  • What are your family goals for 2014?
  • What are your health and wellness goals for 2014?
  • What are your financial goals for 2014?
  • What are your work goals for 2014?
  • What are your goals for improving your life and the lives of those around you in 2014?
  • Describe yourself at the end of 2014. Who are you, what do you have,  what do you look and feel like. Who is there with you, what have you experienced, done, and achieved. Who is 2014 you?

Now for some of you it’s going to be hard to really let loose doing this exercise. Maybe there’s been one too many crap years filled with disappointment and sadness. Maybe you just think it’s all a bunch of woo woo nonsense. Whatever it is, I double dare you to put that aside for as long as it takes you to write all this in your notebook. Leave it in the corner, it’ll be there waiting if you want to pick it back up. The good news is, you might not want to. Not if you leave your guts on that notebook page.

And then my friends, 2014 will be whatever you say it will be. Look back on the second and third sections when you can. Don’t worry if you don’t. Just set about living your life and enjoying it. It’s funny how these things work. Take this simple challenge this year and you’ll see. Goal setting is cake. Easy peasy.

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