Pause – Think – Take Action!

Although we live in a world where information flows and our lives are impacted at a far greater pace than any point in history, the holiday season provides us with a natural opportunity to pause for a moment.  It’s time for a New Year.  It’s an opportunity to think about what went right this past year, what went wrong and what we learned.  It’s also a time of year when we can look forward and choose to focus on what we do next. 

It’s a time of year to pause and think about your Vision for your life. 

  • What do you want your world to look like in 5 years? 
  • What goals do you need to accomplish in the coming year to turn that Vision into a reality?


Goals & Vision – What’s the difference?

Vision: A vivid or imaginative conception or anticipation.

Goal: An observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.


The easy way to think about it…

Vision is the big picture. It’s what you imagine your world will look like in the future. It’s the future version of whatever it is you are building toward right now.  

Goals are milestones that, when achieved, indicate you are on track toward creating your vision. Goals should be as specific as possible and measurable.


S.M.A.R.T. goals  (George T. Doran)

S.M.A.R.T. goals create clarity in understanding when communicating your goals to others. Presenting clear goals allows others to identify where they might be able to insert themselves in helping you achieve your goals and ultimately your vision. Clarity creates safety and safety increases the likelihood of someone supporting you on the journey to your vision.

  • Specific – What do you want to achieve?
  • Measurable – How will you know when you’ve reached your goal?
  • Achievable – It is in your power to accomplish the goal?
  • Realistic – Can you realistically achieve it in the timeframe defined?
  • Timely – When do you want to achieve your goal?

An example might be: “With my part-time job, in 12 months I will save $5,000 to buy a used jeep.”

  • Specific:         Buy a used jeep
  • Measurable:    Save $5,000 in 12 months
  • Achievable:     Part-time job
  • Realistic:        $417 saved per month ($5,000) seems realistic
  • Timely:          12 months


The impact of time

We generally feel stress in our lives and the pursuit of our goals when we are trying to control time or when time is controlling us. You can apply just about every stressful situation to this and find the element or influence of time if you look closely enough. When we over commit ourselves, it can be in direct conflict to achieving realistic goals in a timely manner.

Remove stress from the equation:

If you set your vision for 10 years out,
set your goals for 1 year out.

If you set your vision for 5 years out,
set your goals for 6 months out.

If you set your vision for 1 year out,
set your goals for 90 days out.

Planning your goals to be on a consistent schedule can help remove the stress of time. You just need to review and reevaluate at consistent times set by you.


Write down ten S.M.A.R.T. goals for the coming year that are in alignment with the life you’d like to be living 5 years from now.   


Pause – Reflect – Learn – Think – Focus – Take Action

Enjoy a Purposeful New Year! 

You Got This!