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2018 is passing away pretty fast. It seems like only yesterday that we were closing out 2017 and now we are three months into the new year.

How are you doing on your goals for 2018?

By May 1st, many people have failed on the majority of their goals. They never planned on failing, but they lost the motivation. When they set the goals they were highly motivated, but in the course of life, their motivation got lost. At other times, people fail in their goals because they make the goals without considering where they want to be in the future.

Take a moment and consider the list below. See how, even in the goals where you failed, you can get back on track to finish teh year strong.

People set goals to fill time instead of filling a purpose

Many set goals as they schedule their week. They look to fill the time instead of working towards the purpose set before them. Goals should be set with the end in mine. Personally, I plan my goals by looking toward the future. I look as far as 20 years from now  and work backward. I plan using a 20-10-5-1 philosophy (see an example below). I plan this way to get an overall pictures of the future. I like to think of it as “Living Life backwards.”

  • Where do I want to be in 20 years?
  • Where do I want to be in 10 years?
  • Where do I want to be in 5 years?
  • Where do I want to be in 1 year?
  • What am I doing about those goals today?

People set goals based on someone else’s expectations

Some will set goals based on what others think they should do.

There are many people who have lived their life because someone else thought they needed a certain career. For instance, I know people who were told they should be engineers and they are, but everyday the hate their job. They are only there because someone else said it would be good for them.

Are the goals you are setting for yourself, your goals?

People set goals not based according to their abilities

Your abilities are yours for a reason. People set goals which are not in line with their abilities as a person of purpose. Many seek to be a “jack-of-all-trades” and turn out to be a “master-of-none.”

Discovering your top three abilities is powerful in achieving your purpose in life. As you discover your abilities, you will blend those abilities into your daily life and powerful things begin to happen. Take time to examine your goals according to your abilities and see great things take place.

  • Examine your abilities and find your top three abilities.
    • Ask others  what they would classify as your top three abilities.
    • Focus 80% of your time on your top three abilities.
    • Use your abilities to serve someone else.

Take a look at your goals again; are they your goals?

Just some thoughts,