How to Translate Your Vision Into Goals!

Dec 21, 2017

How's your vision coming along? Don't stress it if you need more time. It's an evolving thing and you can work on it all year if you need to. You should be starting to get some things down about what your vision look like for your future. I know that looking 10 or 20 years out is a little stressful for some people, but give it some time. See if you can think that far out.

We're going to still spend some time in this blog on Creating Clarity of Vision and goal setting. First, let's look at the Acknowledge Source part of the Manifesting Model and how it's going to apply as we walk through the next several steps.

When it comes to Creating Clarity of Vision, whatever your source is, whether you like to pray or meditate to connect to your higher power, it's a good thing when you're setting goals and creating a vision, to check in with your higher power and get some guidance. I encourage you to do that as you go through this process.

This is an exciting time of the year for me. I love the end of the year and starting a new year. It's really an opportunity to look at where you're going, where you been, and how you want to take action in the new year coming up to move you closer to your vision.

It's an exciting time all over world at this time of the year. We were going to go to Japan for New Years this year but we learned in a seminar that the New Years holiday is the most important holiday in Japan and the whole country shuts down for about seven days around New Years as people travel back to their home towns to celebrate. Who'd have known? I'm glad we figured that out before we booked tickets over there.

Below I'm going to run through a set of questions about 2017 and 2018, and I want to give credit where credit's due. I got these questions from my coach, Michelle Humphrey, and they're great questions to assist in the goal setting process.

Reflecting on 2017

Let's look at 2017 first. Note what your answers are for these questions as I go through them.

  1. What was your biggest triumph in 2017?
  2. What was the smartest decision you made in 2017?
  3. What one word best sums up and describes your 2017 experience?
  4. What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2017?
  5. What was the most loving service you performed in 2017?
  6. What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2017?
  7. What are you most happy about completing in 2017?
  8. Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2017?
  9. What was the biggest go-for-it experience you took in 2017?
  10. What was your biggest surprise in 2017?
  11. What important relationship improved the most in 2017?
  12. What compliment would you like to have received in 2017?
  13. What compliment would you like to have given in 2017?
  14. What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2017?

These are great questions to reflect on to get you ready for 2018.

Looking Forward to 2018

Here's some questions for the new year coming up.

  1. What would you like to be your biggest triumph of 2018?
  2. What advice would you like to give yourself in 2018?
  3. What are the major actions you are planning to implement to improve your financial results in 2018?
  4. What would you be most happy about completing in 2018?
  5. What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2018?
  6. What would you most like to change about yourself in 2018?
  7. What are you looking forward to learning in 2018?
  8. What do you think your biggest go-for-it experience will be in 2018?
  9. What about your work are you most committed to changing and improving in 2018?
  10. What is one as yet, undeveloped talent you're willing to explore in 2018?
  11. What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2018?
  12. Who or what other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2018?
  13. What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2018?

I love that last question. Think about that one for a while and come up with a rockin' theme for 2018.

Translating Vision to Goals

With those questions behind us, let's move into goal setting . Goals really are stepping stones to your vision. If you've got this 10 or 20 year vision that you're working on, you have to have goals to get there. I'm just going to lay out the basics here today and you can spend the next couple weeks, just whatever form it takes for you, whether you type them out, whether you write them down, whether you put together a vision board with some pictures. It doesn't matter, but write down your goals. Here's some reasons why you should write down your goals.

  1. People with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve their goals than people without goals.
  2. There was a Harvard study that suggested that 83% of the US population do not have goals at all.
  3. All the motivational speakers and gurus that you would study agree that goals should be written down.
  4. Only three out of every hundred adults, write down their goals on paper.
  5. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible towards your vision.
  6. 14% of people have a goal plan in their mind but these are unwritten goals.
  7. Goals held in the mind are more likely to be jumbled up with the other 1,500 thoughts per minute that the average human being experiences.
  8. The act of writing down a goal is a very powerful motivator.
  9. Writing down goals forces us to avoid being vague. Specific goals, which are time bound and measurable work best.

If you've never written down your goals before, give it a try and see what happens next year. I think you'll be amazed.

Goal Types

Goals come in a couple different types. The first kind is what I will call an achievement type goal, i.e. reaching a summit of some goal that you have. Goals can also be developing a new habit, whether that's to exercise more or to meditate more, connect with your source more. If you're interested in developing habits, here is a link to an app I use called Way of Life. It's a fantastic app for developing habits because it gives you a checklist and it reminds you every day that you need to check in with your checklist and make sure you're doing all the things you need to do on a daily basis. I love that little app. It really helps you to develop good habits!

Goal Language

The language for your goals is key. The words that you use are really important. When you write them down, make sure they're positive, they're present tense, and they're written as if they're already done. There's a important psychology behind making sure you use positive, present tense, and done when you write your goals down.

Goal Categories

Similar to what we covered last week, the categories of goals that you want to work on is mostly the same as your vision.

First, we want to work on our being - our mind, our body, our spirit and our emotional health. What are the goals that we have for those areas? How do you want to grow spiritually? How do you want to grow in knowledge this year? What do you want to learn in 2018? In your physical health, do you want to lose weight? Do you want to get stronger? Do you want to jog everyday or develop your aerobic capability? With your emotional self, how do you want to feel? Because, the "better you feel, the better your life works" -  Michelle Humphrey.

Relationships - your significant other, your family, your friends, your community and other people around you. You'll also hear a lot of gurus say that your life reflects the five people that you hang out with the most. So make sure you're choosing the five people you hang out with the most wisely because those are the people that are going to help you reach your goals in 2018.

What is it in your career that you want to achieve this year? Do you want to start a new business? Do you want to change careers? Do you want to level up in your existing organization? What is it you want to do in your career?

What will that mean to you from your financial outcomes in 2018? Is your income going in the direction you want it to and how are your investments doing? Is your net worth increasing?

Something we didn't talk about last week when we were talking about vision was your relationship with time. What is your relationship with time? What does your perfect day look like? What do you do when you get up? How do you lay out your days to be most optimal for yourself? What are some time goals that you want to have in 2018?

What is your lifestyle or your environment goals? How do you optimize your environment that you spend your time in to energize you? Whether it's your home space, your work space, the cars that you drive, what is it that you can improve or optimize in your environment to make your life better in 2018?

In contribution - how are you going to give to others in 2018? Think about that as a way to give back for all the blessings that you have.

Then, finally, how are you going to celebrate 2018? There's a couple ways you can tackle celebration goals. One is to reward yourself for accomplishing each goal or just bundle them up and have some big event in the year to celebrate how great your year was. For example, this year, my family decided we are going to travel to the Philippines as a way to celebrate all our blessings in 2017. We're going to take one week to visit family, and then we're going to fly over to an island that Carmina has never been to before and go sailing for like three days and do a couple other fun activities while we're there. That's our celebration goal for 2017. We're leaving in a few days and I can't wait.

To wrap things up here, T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of The Millionaire Mind said that your thinking creates your feelings that creates your actions that creates your results. Spend some time thinking about your goals, putting them down on paper. Then how are those things going to make you feel? How are your feelings going to pull you into action in 2018 to produce the results that you want to move you forward towards your goals?

Again, if you're enjoying what I'm doing here, please invite others to this blog. I would love it if more people got ahold of this information. Next week, we're going to talk about some things around the holidays and then I'll come back in two weeks and we're going to go deeper on goals and spend a little more time on creating your vision before we move on to the next step in the Soul Purpose System. Thanks and have a great week.

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