Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible in your life.
– Les Brown

Did you know that you are 90% more likely to accomplish a goal when you write it down?

But for all of this fantastic potential, how much time do you spend writing and revisiting your goals so they become the roadmaps that guide you and show you what is possible in your life?

The answer: not enough.

Think about how much time our athletes spend practicing their sports. And how much time you spend watching them and debriefing with them.
You know that to get good at anything takes commitment and practice: consistency over time. You know this through watching your kids play sports, creating your workout habits, making healthy eating choices, getting up with the alarm rings *UGH,* and all the other good things you do daily, because they’re what matters most, even if you don’t want to do them.

I’m guessing you don’t have the same “sports level” time commitment to the process of goal setting in your home…yet. And neither do I! But I have been consistently practicing setting written goals and planning the activities to achieve them for nine months now. As a result, I am exponentially improved from where I started. And I am clearer about my daily activities, more confident that I’m showing up as my best for my family and friends. I have more JOY in my life!

Now that I am regularly engaged in writing and reflecting on my goals, they provide a roadmap for what is possible on the days when I’m feeling uninspired. They help me move toward the vision of the person I want to be – for my family, friends, and colleagues. They offer a checkpoint-in-time, from which I can measure progress.

It’s an exciting process and one we can all take part in. August is the perfect month to sit down and take inventory of your life: what are you satisfied with, and what do you want to improve? Then write goals to get you closer to where you want to be with a due date of December 31.
And you’re on your way!

Goal-setting QUICK version:

  1. What is the vision of what you want to accomplish? Write it down.
  2. What are the smaller steps you need to take to get there?
  3. And what is the NEXT BEST step – no matter how small?
  4. Give yourself a due date and schedule it!
  5. Repeat.

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Cara Thorpe
Founder & Visionary
Yellow Parachute Learning Partners