Is it just me or did 2014 go unusually fast? It just flew by and I can’t believe 2015 is just around the corner. Remember when we rung in the year 2000? Hard to grasp that was fourteen years ago!
I normally start my goal setting during October but, like I said, this year flew by. I had my main goals down but this weekend I spent time time reviewing 2014 so that I could start planning for 2015 in more detail. It requires some time and thinking.
I start with reviewing the current year by asking myself the following questions:
- What worked for me?
- What didn’t work for me that I want to change?
- What did I accomplish?
- Anything I didn’t accomplish but had set out to?
Then I take a look at:
- My goals for 2015
- How my ideal life looks like (we should always strive towards that)
- What do I need to do to accomplish that?
- What do I need to cut?
Then I take a look at the Wheel of Life to make sure I strive for somewhat of a balance and put emphasis on the ones that I need to improve on both short-term and long-term.
After all that is done I write a letter as if 2015 had already happened. Instead of waiting until Dec of 2015 to write about what happened I’m writing it as if it happened. A friend taught me that trick and last year was the first time I did it. Looking at what has happened in 2014 I’m quite pleased with how much on that letter happened. I haven’t gotten to that part yet for 2015 but it’s a fun exercise I’m looking forward to doing.
Writing down your goals and aspirations has shown to be powerful. There are stories about people writing down their goals on a sheet of paper or on a vision board, put it away, forget about it and a year or even years later they find it and realize most of what they wrote happened.
Everyone has a different process and I’m sharing mine to give you a few ideas. If you have never made goals for the year or reviewed the current year start small. Pick even just one goal for the next year that you want to accomplish and then create a plan on how to achieve that.
What is one thing you would want to accomplish in 2015? Share in the comments below.
Gina Horkey says
Did you know you can write a letter to your future self and have it emailed to you? So what you’re writing, you can do so on (futureme.org?) and schedule it to come to you at any time during the year. Could be a great reminder of your goals:-)
My main goal for the year is to continue to build my business to the point where I exceed my current income and we’re able to accomplish our other financial goals:-)
Have an awesome 2015!
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I’ve heard of that futureme program. Great idea! Going to try it. Love your goals too. Cheers to 2015 being an awesome year!
Rick Siderfin says
Thanks Camilla – that tip on writing a letter as if the new year has passed is fantastic – I’ve just added that to my short “must-do” list for this holiday season!
There is a website http://www.futureme.org that allows you to write a letter to your future self. This can be quite a powerful tool for “amping up” your future vision of yourself.
It’s great to see someone else advocating getting stuck into planning for the new year ahead of time. Keep up the great work.
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Second person suggesting futureme.org – been added to my to-do list now 🙂 Enjoy writing your letter as if the year has passed. Happy Holidays!
Rick Siderfin says
Oh, and I forgot to add my goals for 2015!
Well, my BHAG is 1,000 subscribers to The Lift Letter by April 2015.
When I smash that I will set the next BHAG which is likely to be replicating the income from my day job by October. But I’ve learned to take it one hairy, audacious goal at a time.
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My big financial goal for 2015 is to pay off the rest of our non-mortgage debt. It’s about $65,000. I know we can do this and it will be as awesome when we get there!
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I have no doubt you will succeed with your big financial goal! You got quite the 2015 planned. Merry Christmas!
Hannah Roehrick says
Great post, Camilla! I love the idea of writing a letter about 2015 ahead of time. My husband and I are working on setting our own goals for next year, and I plan on using some of your strategies.
Have a merry Christmas!
Thanks Hannah! Can’t wait to see where 2015 takes you. Keep up the awesome journey you are on. Merry Christmas to you and family.
Great ideas. Thank you!
Great ideas, thank you!
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