from my trip to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

2015 skyrocketed by and left some of us with New Year’s resolutions and goals unresolved and underachieved. Not me and I don’t say this to brag I say this to motivate you! Many times I’ve set New Years’ resolutions and lofty goals and I’ve failed miserably. I say miserably because I focused on them for a few weeks, sometimes a few months, before forgetting them completely and moving on to other things.

2015 was different.

Instead of setting work related goals I set lofty personal goals. And not things like I’ll add 10lbs of muscle or have a fat bank account with x amount of dollars. I set things like I will travel to a new country. I’ll travel to at least two new National Parks (read about what I learned from this trip). I set goals to make sure that I was DOING the things I love. And because of that (at least I think so) I got out and I did them. I didn’t just daydream (like usual) about doing these things. I really went out and did them. I set “directional” goals based on having fun.

After crushing my 2015 goals I started 2016 making new ones. And even in February I find myself adding to the list. I’m making leaps in the direction I want my life to go. I have feelings of the world opening up. I have this “I’ve done it before, I can do it again” attitude. And not just I can, but now it’s an, I WILL.

Horseback riding in Oregon

The day I realized this had been happening and that I’ve been actively doing the things necessary to achieve my goals, I read an article on Entrepreneur.com from Timothy Sykes, titled “How Big Goals Supercharge Entrepreneurial Motivation”. He’s right; however, I’ve found my way to be even more effective.

He talks about the two main types of goals, directional and accurate. Directional you set a goal and freely move in the direction of achieving it. The other is an accurate goal, where you create a step-by-step outline for achieving a specific outcome.

I prefer the former technique. I do because I understand how plans change. I cite one of my favorite quotes from President Dwight Eisenhower, “Plans are useless, planning is indispensable”

You can make as detailed of a plan as you want, but in the real world your plans are bound to change. My plans change all the time.

When I make these goals I put some thought into roughly how much money I’ll need to make to make them happen and how much time I want to spend “working” while on these trips. My exact sources of income aren’t set in stone. I don’t know who my clients will be 3 months or 6 months from now. And it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that I do the work necessary to do the things I value most. And when it comes to doing work I love in the name of being able to do what I love I work much harder than I could have ever imagined.

This keeps me focused and motivated more than I could have ever imagined. And I hope it works the same for you.

What kind of goals do you set? What are your goals for 2016? I’d love to hear from you!

My goals for 2016 include booking an extended trip to Asia, 5 new National Parks, visiting New York City and two new states.