Beyond New Years Resolutions & SMART Goals: Part IV Visioning and Goals

vision, S.M.A.R.T. goals, resolutionsPart four of a five part series on Beyond New Years Resolutions and SMART Goals.

“Clarity precedes mastery” – Robin Sharma

In order to move forward in any endeavor, you must envision what you want. Having reflected on 2011 and honed in your core values, you are now ready to start vividly picturing what you desire in 2012. From this compelling vision, you create your goals and put your plan together for an amazing year. This post will take you through a simple yet powerful visioning exercise and the S.M.A.R.T. goal framework.


Personal Vision for 2012 Exercise

In laying out a personal vision for the New Year, you are creating an image, which will pull you towards the outcome. Once you begin envisioning what you want, your mind begins to think in ways to assist you towards your desires. As with all of the exercises recommended in this series, set aside some alone quiet time, 45 minutes or so. Do this work in a space you find fun and inspiring with no phones, email, facebook, tweets, and interruptions. Unplug!

Once you are in your happy place, first I recommend that you clear the decks and free yourself from everything that you are doing right now. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and release yourself from all of your duties and tasks. Second, review your core values so they are fresh in your mind.

Now let’s begin…

  • With your eyes closed, picture yourself a year from today. Create an image in your mind of you at the end of 2012. Who are you? Imagine your vision like it is already a reality. Imagine you have achieved what you most wanted. Remember to let go of judgment and ignore how possible or impossible this vision seems. Stretch yourself, your expectations and your assumptions. What did you accomplished in 2012? What are you doing? What does it look like? What does it feel like? What are your emotions? Imagine your health, home, wealth, family, work, vacations etc… Who are you? Create a picture compelling enough that you can taste it, see it, smell it and feel it. Continue visioning until you feel it in your bones.
  • Now, open your eyes and write it all down. Don’t worry about organizing and judging your thoughts, just get everything from your vision on paper.
  • Take a deep breath and reflect on your awesome vision for 2012. Then start piecing together what needs to happen to make this dream become a reality. What are the big steps and actions you need to take?


Creating and testing goals

What goals do you need to achieve your vision? Take each piece of your vision: health, home, wealth, family, work, vacations etc… and begin to map out the big goals you need to accomplish. Don’t get sucked into the details yet, stay with the big pieces. For example: health – gain 10lbs of muscle, home – build an addition, wealth – increase savings. Before going any further, its time to give your goals a litmus test and see if they are aligned with your values and vision.

For each goal, ask your self the following:

  • What core values are tied to this goal?
  • What values will help me achieve this goal?
  • How does this goal make me feel?
  • What does this goal mean to me?

If your answers to these questions don’t support your vision/values, then go back, review your vision/vales, and adjust your goals. The stronger your goals are aligned to your vision and values, the better chance for success.


SMART goals

After you’ve tested and further clarified your goals, enter them into the tried and true S.M.A.R.T. goals system. Please be specific as possible.


  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time Activated

I will not go into detail on fleshing out S.M.A.R.T. goals as there has been a lot written on this system. You can investigate further here. Developing S.M.A.R.T. Goals

From here, you can integrate the goals into your life and begin to break them down into smaller more manageable steps and milestones, which will create your plan for 2012. Next week, we will go into detail on how to ensure your success and get out of your own way.

Derek Lauber, ACC

image courtesy:rachaelvoorhees

Related Articles:

Beyond New Years Resolutions & SMART Goals: Part I Planning for Success by Derek Lauber
Beyond New Years Resolutions & SMART Goals: Part II Year End Review  by Derek Lauber
Beyond New Years Resolutions & SMART Goals: Part III Discovering Core Values by Derek Lauber
Making a Molehill Out of a Mountain: How to Tackle Big Projects & Goals by Derek Lauber


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