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Soooo, did you set a New Year’s resolution? It’s almost mid-year did you accomplish it? Have you been working on it? Me either.

Now, I must admit, when I made my resolution I didn’t sit down and write out a plan for achieving it. Being the “artistic” type I don’t want to get lost in the details. But I recently read an article on the Entrepreneur Magazine website titled,
Crush All Your Goals With the 6-Month Rule  

The author Josh Linkner writes, “In business and in life, you can get what you want by creating a 180-day vision and sticking with it. Think of the person you want to be six months from now. The skills you want to posses, the knowledge you want to command and make a plan for achieving it.”

In school, I learned how to write SMART Goals. Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound, but I always found it so boring.

So, I went looking for a new way to write my goals.  My favorite idea came from Chris Guillebeau author of the
$100 Startup.

In it he talks about a one page business plan. I loved the simplicity of his idea. If you’ve ever written a business plan which is an elaborate goal setting document and had it fail, you know they are extremely complicated. Instead, his business plan has 10 questions that you answer in one or two sentences, it’s so much easier for small businesses. I know you can’t walk into a bank with a one page business plan. But it’s a start.

I tweaked his idea and came up with my own questions for setting my goals.

  1. What do you want to do?
  2. Why do you want to do it?
  3. What will your life look like if you accomplish it?
  4. What will your life look like if you don’t?
  5. What do you need to do to accomplish this?
  6. Who can you find to support you?
  7. How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal?
  8. What is your biggest obstacle to achieving it
  9. What is a possible solution?
  10. How will you celebrate your success?

Most of us are very good at setting goals for being successful in business or our careers, but it’s usually our personal life that throws us off track. Our work life is very structured, but real life, not so much. Life seems to drag us along as if we were leaves being pulled by a fast-moving river.

Yet, being happy in our personal life is the foundation of a successful life.  Yes, it is possible to make a lot of money without being happy. But as the death of Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, Kurt Cobain and many other celebrities have shown us achieving success without an underlying foundation of joy is an empty existence.

So, what if you set goals for the things you’d like to accomplish that would really make you happy, i.e., building better relationships with your family, spending more time with your spouse, having amazing experiences, traveling, focusing on your spiritual life, going for a dream you are afraid to pursue just because you want to. These are the things you are working for anyway. What if you made goals that would enrich the journey instead of just focusing on achieving an end goal?

What do you really want in life? What will make you happy? What can you do every day in life to achieve that?

If you can answer these questions than you might just find out what you’re really passionate about. And if your passionate you won’t have to push yourself to do the things you need to do to achieve a goal,  you’re passion will pull you towards them. And who knows six months from now you may find that you have accomplished much more that you ever dreamed of, this is how you CRUSH your goals.