That’s the opportunity.  


By setting powerful 2021 goals and then achieving those goals through a simple process designed to optimize follow-through.

Over the past three years, I’ve utilized a goal-setting methodology from Trent Hamm titled: “Developing a Real Plan for a Better Life.”  Implementing Trent’s framework has resulted in:

o My family creating wonderful memories during the last year of my wife Julie’s life when she was fighting cancer

o My creating a book for my daughters about their mom from interviews I did with Julie prior to her passing along with sweet memories from her friends

o Us taking a trip to commemorate Julie’s life

o Starting a new, fun family practice where once a quarter one of us gets to select a full agenda of events and experiences which we then do together

o Tremendous progress on a new business opportunity called the Oral History Project

o Launching an Intranet featuring associate recognition, best practices, and information on our culture

o My starting this blog

Today we focus on step one: Decide which parts of our life we want to focus on in the coming year.

“One thing you can do to get ready for your session is to think about the key areas of your life,” writes Trent. “There are lots of lists of such areas and I think different lists work well for different people. For me, there are ten areas I really care about.”

Personally, I recommend reducing the number of categories to simplify the process.  As you will see in later steps, there is quite a bit of work to do in each of the categories we choose.  

If you are new to annual goal-setting, you might consider just two categories: personal and professional.

I’m a big fan of philosopher Brian Johnson who suggests we focus on three areas of our lives: love, work, and energy.

Another option is Steven Covey‘s four types of intelligence: IQ (mental intelligence), EQ (emotional intelligence), PQ (physical intelligence), and SQ (spiritual intelligence).

I’ve come up with six areas to focus on – which I call my “Six F’s:” faith, fitness, family, function (i.e. career), finances, and fun.

The next steps involve blocking off time to write a draft of your life plan.  

More tomorrow.


Reflection:  What specific areas of my life do I want to focus on improving in the coming year?

Action:  Journal about the above.

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