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Many of us have a plan when it comes to work. We start projects with established goals and timelines, and then we work to achieve those objectives. We often have someone reminding us and keeping...

Written By: Duncan MacPherson

Many of us have a plan when it comes to work. We start projects with established goals and timelines, and then we work to achieve those objectives. We often have someone reminding us and keeping us accountable too. However, few of us take the time to set goals for other aspects of our life.

The process of consciously choosing and writing down our life's goals will make us aware of exactly what is important to us. We are more likely to achieve our goals if we regularly review them and update them. The process is what's important; it is a proven fact that people who set goals - and believe in them - achieve more.

Goals, just like our perceptions, wants and desires, will evolve over time. Therefore, as we continue through this process we may look back at what we have recorded and feel that these thoughts are no longer representative of our current goals, and that is perfectly fine.

To get started, write down three-month, one-year and three-year goals. Make the three-month goals the most practical and the most realistic. Include some ideals and perhaps some long-shots in your one-year and, especially, your three-year goals.

When doing this exercise, look for ideas which encompass all aspects of your life. Financial goals are important but are often not achieved if they are not accompanied by some lifestyle objectives. Most people are motivated by what money can produce for them - free time, travel, fine dining, a new house - or by the benefits that it can bring for your family and community. Don’t hesitate to include any goals and objectives which will be a by-product of greater organization and efficiency. While it is important to include information from all aspects of your life, it is equally important to be succinct.

Make a note on your calendar to revisit your life's goals every three months. Review your previous goals; note those that you have achieved and those that you have made progress towards. Based on your achievements and reflections, update your goals and re-focus.

Duncan MacPherson is co-author of “Breakthrough Business Development: A 90 Day Plan to Build Your Client Base And Take Your Business To The Next Level” and co-founder of Pareto Platform, an industry leading business development firm that helps entrepreneurs improve their practice management and business development systems. 

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